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Family Auto is “temporarily closed”

March 4, 2010
By John Speer, Editor
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Family Auto in Toledo, the last remaining new car dealership in Tama County, is “temporarily closed” according to a person still working at the dealership on Tuesday. She said Family Auto” is temporarily closed for sales and service.” However, she said “We still have our franchise” for GM cars and trucks.

A total of 10 employees at the Toledo location were laid-off the spokesperson said.

There were two cars and a pickup truck in the entire car lot on Tuesday.

A Cedar Rapids television station reported in its 10 p.m. newscast Saturday night the Family Auto used car lot on 1st Avenue there had closed.

Ed Polaco, who bought the Toledo dealership located at the junction of highways 63 and 30, from Austin Murphy in November, 2007, was not available for comment on Monday.

When General Motors announced in mid-2009 to cut some 1,000 dealerships nation-wide, Family Auto was among those cut. Polaco credited an aggressive campaign by Tama, Toledo and Tama County residents lobbying for reinstatement of the franchise for his business.

Family Auto was one of three nominees for a Tama County Economic Development Edie Award in February. The dealership was recognized for using tv, radio and internet in the Outstanding Marketing / Attraction” division.

Article Photos

A lone vintage Chevrolet pickup truck was the only vehicle seen through the reflections in the new car showroom windows at Family Auto in Toledo on Tuesday morning. The dealership, which lost and then regained it’s General Motors franchise last summer, closed “temporarily” over the weekend.

News-Herald-John Speer



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