Letter: Car dealer network provides safety net for consumers

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Editor,

The Indiana General Assembly is considering whether to close a loophole that currently allows some auto manufacturers to sell directly to consumers bypassing the franchised auto dealer network. But for decades our dealer network has provided a much needed safety net for consumers looking to make one of the biggest purchases of a lifetime: their automobile.

Every day the 60 employees at Ed Martin Buick-GMC in Carmel advocate for their customers and neighbors, negotiating with the world’s largest automakers to ensure fair pricing and warranty coverage. We are there every time there is a recall, getting our customers back on the road quickly and safely.

What will happen when the hundreds of small Chinese auto manufacturers working to enter the U.S. market start selling cars in Indiana with no systems in place to adequately serve Hoosiers?

Manufacturers cannot offer that same peace of mind.

Chris Quillen

General Manager

Ed Martin Buick-GMC

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