Originally Published: April 17, 2018 6:05 a.m.
The Findlay Automotive Group will close its Hyundai dealership at 3250 Willow Creek Road in Prescott this week, on Thursday, April 19, according to the former manager of the dealership.
After that date, said Dave MacFarlane, Findlay will have the tools and the technicians to repair Hyundai cars, but won’t be able to make repairs on cars still under warranty. “They will need to go to Cottonwood (Hyundai of Cottonwood, at 2090 East Rodeo Drive), or to Phoenix (to any of several dealerships).”
And, of course, Findlay won’t be able to sell new Hyundais.
The decision came down to economics, said Jamaal McCoy, Findlay’s local case manager.
“After analyzing the long-term business viability of our Hyundai dealership in Prescott, we decided that we could better serve the community if we concentrated our focus on Toyota, Subaru, and Buick/GMC. Rather than spread our resources thin, we saw this as an opportunity to have the remaining brand operate at a more efficient and effective level,” McCoy said.
“Having three strong, successful dealerships will give us the ability to increase our business’ growth, therefore increasing our involvement and contributions to the Quad Cities area,” he added.
“When (Findlay) bought the dealerships from Tim’s (Auto Group), they bought four different dealerships and they basically made them take the Hyundai dealership with them,” MacFarlane said.
MacFarlane believes it’s a temporary setback for Hyundai in the Quad Cities market.
“What I predict will happen, is somebody (locally) will pick up the Hyundai dealership,” he said.
No employees will lose their jobs in the closure, MacFarlane said, including him. He’s been made the general manager of Findlay’s Subaru dealership, which is currently working out of the Hyundai space, but by October will have a new showroom.
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