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End of Pontiac Doesn't Affect Warranties, Dealer Service

Posted: Apr 28, 2009 11:01 a.m.

General Motors has announced plans to cease producing and selling the Pontiac brand at the end of 2009, but Pontiac owners need not be concerned - their warranties are still valid, and it should not be difficult to locate service or repairs for Pontiac vehicles in the future.

Jim Hopson, Pontiac's manager of communications, told Kicking Tires that "Pontiac will continue to operate normally even with today's announcement. All warranty work will be completed as usual; any new Pontiacs sold will have the same full warranty they did last week, one which has the backing of the U.S. government." General Motors will continue to produce replacement parts for Pontiac models. "The automaker still produces replacement parts for the defunct Oldsmobile, which GM shuttered in 2004."

Dealers may face individual decisions on when to close, or attempt to transition to selling other brands. Pontiac's Hopson told the New Hampshire Union-Leader "there only about 35 stand-alone Pontiac dealers nationwide, while the rest are linked with other GM brands. That should make the transition easier as GM phases out the Pontiac nameplate."

Kevin Kallister, President of S&K Pontiac of Springfield, Illinois, told the Illinois State Journal-Register that "specifics have yet to be worked out," but he "expects to receive the 2010 Pontiac models this fall - then that will be it. There probably will be additional promotions as GM tries to work off the remaining Pontiac inventory, he said."

Dealers reportedly plan to emphasize the government-backed warranty coverage in coming months, but Kicking Tires notes, "Only cars purchased through May get the government-backed warranty."

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