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Family Auto keeps it’s GM franchise

Decision Still Reversed After Appeal Fails

June 12, 2009
By John Speer ,Editor

Ed Polaco owner of Family Auto Center in Toledo told The Chronicle just after 2 p.m. on Friday General Motors will extend his dealership's franchise agreement.

He had announced earlier this week his business was among the some 1.100 GM had decided to cut nation-wide including about a dozen in Iowa. He said his appeal of the decision had failed, but on Friday he was informed GM had reversed it.

"I thank the people of Tama, Toledo and Tama County for calling their representatives and giving me a hand. I've got to believe the publicity made a difference," Polaco said Friday. "I'm sure GM will put on some lofty expectations as we go forward and we'll need to do as much business as we can.

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Ed Polaco

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The Family Auto Center in Toledo has 13 employees Polaco said. It is located at the junctions of U.S. 63 and 30.

He bought the dealership from Austin Murphy in November, 2007.

Polaco confirmed sales have grown. In 2008, the dealership sold a total of 67 new and 331 pre-owned vehicles. In 2007 a total of 55 new and 144 pre-owned vehicles were sold.



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