With a General Motors bankruptcy appearing more and more likely, several Kentucky dealers have remained mum on whether they were told their franchises would be dropped late next year.
Jack Kain, the Kentucky director for the National Automobile Dealers Association, said some might be embarrassed and fear that "something of this nature would affect business." But coming forward, he said, "would get their community and the local government behind them."
He said only five state dealers have approached the NADA for assistance, but he thinks as many as 15 might be affected.
Kain added that the list, which GM has not revealed, might be made public anyway if the automaker declares bankruptcy.
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The following have not returned multiple calls since May 15: Versailles: Jeff Jones; South Williamson: Moore.
The following have declined to discuss the issue: Lexington: Thoroughbred Chevrolet; Monticello: Drake; and Winchester: Mike Wilson.
The following said they received a letter saying their franchises would not be renewed late next year: Inez: Mountain City; Louisville: Springhurst; Middlesboro: Epps Motors; and Mount Washington: Alex Montgomery.
The following have told the Herald-Leader they did not receive letters: Ashland: Don Hall; Campbellsville: Alex Montgomery; Campton: Floyd Anderson; Columbia: Harvey-Ellis; Corbin: Falls; Danville: Go Chevrolet and Bob Allen Motor Mall; Eminence: Browning; Flemingsburg: Cheap; Georgetown: Frank Shoop; Grayson: McFarland; Harrodsburg: Spirit; Harlan: Creech; Hazard: Cardinal; Lexington: Glenn Auto Mall, Quantrell, Saturn of Lexington, Rod Hatfield and Courtesy; Liberty: Bob Allen; London: Tincher-Williams; Manchester: Cornett; Maysville: McFarland; Morehead: Larry Fannin; Mount Sterling: Dutch's; Nicholasville: Sutherland; Paintsville: John Gray; Paris: Dan Cummins; Pikeville: Childers & Venters and Walters; Pineville: Lee; Prestonsburg: Music-Carter; Richmond: Jack Burford and Adams; Russell Springs: Franklin; Shelbyville: Bob Hook; Somerset: Somerset Automotive Group; West Liberty: Morgan; and Williamstown: Piles.