Two area Saab dealers lose dealership rights


First Posted: 11/16/2009

KUNKLE – For 52 years new Saabs have been sold in this Dallas Township village. But by year’s end that will no longer be the case.

Kunkle Motors has been informed that it will be one of 81 Saab dealers in the United States that will have its dealership rights terminated once the company is sold to Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg. General Motors, which has overseen Saab, filed for bankruptcy in June and put the Saab brand up for sale. GM notified the terminated dealerships of the decision last week.

“It feels like someone just pulled the rug out from underneath me,” said Tim Haddle, owner of Kunkle Motors. Besides his dealership, Joseph Chermak Inc., the only other Saab dealer in Northeast Pennsylvania was also informed it will have its Saab agreement terminated. Chermak operates in Clarks Summit but also sells Suzukis.  

“It’s just astounding to me that they can cut off this many customers,” Haddle said. The closest Saab dealer to this area will be in Bethlehem once the agreement of sale is finalized.  If the deal to sell Saab falls through, GM would close Saab and all the rights to all 218 dealerships would be terminated, GM officials have said. The automaker is eliminating four of its eight brands, by selling Saab and Hummer, and winding down Pontiac and Saturn.

To read the complete story, see Tuesday’s edition of The Times Leader or www.timesleader.com

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