It looked like the end of the line for the Chevy dealership in the streamline building at the corner of Houston and Washington Ave just west of Downtown: GM notified Knapp Chevrolet last May that it would not be renewing its franchise agreement with the 62-year-old Houston company. But a law passed by congress and signed by President Obama in December set up a neutral arbitration process for jilted dealerships, and late last month Knapp learned that its appeal had been successful. Unable to obtain new cars from GM for about a year, Knapp has survived by buying inventory from other local Chevrolet dealers. Expect to see a few more cars on the lot soon, now that Knapp has been reinstated.
- Houston GM dealer avoids shutdown by winning appeal [11 News]
- Chevy Dealership Will Stay Open [Click2Houston]
- Obama’s signature kicks off arbitration process for rejected GM, Chrysler dealers [Automotive News]
- Previously on Swamplot: GM Wants To Take Away Knapp
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