Local car dealers ready to move forward

By Holley Nees - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - "There's a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that went into this situation and there wasn't anyone driving Chrysler products in San Augustine County until I came along and started selling them and promoting for them," said Dan Fussell with San Augustine Motor  Company.

After 25 years with Chrysler, Dan Fussell is moving on.

"It's gone pretty fast, we've cut some deals and let our inventory go and we've been stocking up on our Ford inventory," Fussell said.

He has been with Ford longer than Chrysler and he's thrilled to stand by his brand.

"You know we've been Ford for 65 years and Ford's been our leading seller ever since we've been in business. So it's been good," Fussell said.

Ray Jones at Center Motor Company is also sticking with the company that's done right by him for four decades.

"It makes me feel good that we're still in the Ford business. We've been in the Ford business for about 40 years and a lot of GM and Chrysler dealers got cut that had been in business that long," Jones said.

Jones knows it's not easy for everyone.

"I don't think there's anything you could say that could console them very much," Jones said.

Times are tough for everyone, but he knows things will work out.

"We're doing OK, the new car business and new truck business is off pretty good, but it's beginning to pick back up," said Jones.

Local dealers are holding on to what they have, but the industry they work for is never far from their minds.

"Well who knows what the economic future holds. We're upbeat about it. We think we'll do good with it. It just depends on what happens with the car companies," Fussell said.

They cling to what they have, ready to meet the future.

"Well, I've never been prouder to be a Ford dealer than right now," Fussell said.

At the closing bell Monday, Ford Motor Company stock ended the day trading slightly up at 6.38 a share. Compared to its 52-week high of 6.75.