General Motors said Monday it won't halt plans to close hundreds of auto dealers by the end of the month, despite pleas by two members of Congress.

U.S. Reps. Steven LaTourette and House Minority John A. Boehner, both Ohio Republicans, want the Obama administration "to immediately suspend GM closures until a current investigation of dealer terminations is completed," The Detroit News reported.

GM had about 6,000 franchises when it filed for bankruptcy last year. As part of its restructuring, the Detroit auto giant proposed cutting more than 2,000 dealers. But following arbitration hearings mandated by Congress, GM agreed to restore about 700 of them.

The automaker had about 5,000 active dealers as of Sept. 30, the News reported. GM spokeswoman Ryndee Carney said the company will have about 4,500 by Nov. 1.

Despite the requests by the congressmen, spokesman Greg Martin said GM isn't going to drop the plans.

"GM has no plans to extend the wind-down agreements' deadlines with dealers," Martin said. "An extension would only divert our collective attention at a critical time and would ignore the independent decisions of arbitrators and individual settlement agreements between GM and its dealers."

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gardnerst8

I don't know what we can do about GM and Mopar, unless we can pack their boards with youth. They both remind me of Mopar in the forties/early fifties when the old coots in charge decreed their cars had to have room for hats when none of the rest of the population was still wearing Homburgs. The Mustang, as mentioned, does get 30MPG, but the designers should sneak an Altima coupe on the property and see what a sleek coupe and a real gas tank (20 gallons) looks like. Buy one and send it to a customizer to get the body styled and a larger tank fitted?? Why should you have to? What is with the mouse milk gas tanks? Most of America does not live on Oahu!! Many of us live in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas...you get the drift...

October 26 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Tony

Isn't it amazing that Boener, who always states that government is to big and that businesses should make it on their own, now asks Obama to help prevent these closures. Do I smell the odor of hyprocracy?

October 26 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kv37

Its obvious that GM has no plans for America, period! They got their eye on asia.

October 26 2010 at 4:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
kingleo1

Ya know, I don't think the question was ever fully answered, about just HOW the dealerships that were chosen to get the axe, were selected. Considering it's really 'Government Motors", you don't think there might have been just a leeeetle bit of political bias involved? Oh, I don't know, something like a good loyal libbie Democrat owned dealership is saved, while those Evil Republican owned businesses got chopped? Just wondering. Maybe our new REPUBLICAN controlled Congress (in a short couple of weeks from now) might have a closer look. Should be veeerrry interesting.

October 26 2010 at 2:20 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
monseigneurdev

Dealerships will be covered under the "cash for clunkers" program. Empty your shrinking savings account today!

October 26 2010 at 1:25 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
mikfete58

GM stinks. BUY FORD, a REAL American Company!

October 26 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bullockmed

To all the hard working employees in the plants at GM, I am sorry. But, the entire company should be out of business. What put them in the mess they created was their on selfish actions, spending big! They continue to show the lack of character and ethical business dealings in promises made. I will never buy another GM product or stock. The executives at GM are positioning themselves to soon be out of business. As Sam use to say, "the customer is right even when the customer is wrong."

October 26 2010 at 12:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sgentilejr

The MORE dealerships any auto company has__The more vehicles they sell. The same way Walmart and McDonald's open more stores to do more business. People usually buy vehicles from the closest dealership so that when they need service or repairs the dealership is nearby. No one is going to travel miles to the nearest Chevrolet/GM dealership when they have other dealerships closer to where they live. People want more choices, not less choices. If Ford has a dealer nearby and GM's closest dealership is 20 miles away___I would buy the Ford.

October 26 2010 at 12:09 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Fred

Don't we need another cash for clunckers. I hear Japan needs the money.

October 25 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Floyd Ridenour

Floyd It is so sad for me to say that we no longer have an american dream and we the people just continue to let them take from us.

October 26 2010 at 6:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Fred

I will be buying a new vehicle soon. I have always bought GM line, I refuse to now buy a Gov. vehicle, This time I may look at Ford. Oh did I say that's two new vehicale, one for the wife.

October 25 2010 at 9:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply