Glenwood Springs’ Volvo dealership closing |

Glenwood Springs’ Volvo dealership closing

Pete FowlerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Roaring Fork Volvo dealership will close down, but the site will become an independent service center.Randy Tuggle said the Sport Wheels service center will be relocated and combined with the independent service center that will remain at the current Volvo site. Tuggle is vice president of Centre of the Rockies, which owns Roaring Fork Volvo, Roaring Fork Land Rover and Sport Wheels.”The good news is we are going to retain our support staff and the parts and tools necessary to work on these cars,” Tuggle said.The service center will be able to handle service needs for Volvo owners and other vehicle owners, but it will no longer be able to perform services for Volvo customers under warranty.Tuggle said the Volvo dealership has grown since it opened in June 2004 and was “doing fine” financially. It even won Volvo’s “President’s Award” for dealer excellence in 2007. But the decision to close was a business decision reached by both the owners and the manufacturer.”It was basically a mutual understanding that this would happen,” he said. “From a financial perspective there were no issues.”Tuggle said most consumers are aware of financial troubles for vehicle manufacturers and declining car sales caused by national economic uncertainty over things like rising gas prices and fallout from questionable lending practices. He said overall Volvo sales have dropped substantially during the past four years, and Ford, which owns Volvo, has sold off all its other premium brands.”Volvo and Ford are in the same boat that General Motors is in, which is not a good one,” Tuggle said.As a result, he said, Volvo has been closing dealerships around the U.S. for at least the past six months.”We are disappointed in the decision that we’ve had to make and are apologetic to all the customers out there who have been supportive and loyal to us,” Tuggle said.He said the dealership sold more than 600 cars since it started and has probably more than 1,000 customers. The closest Volvo dealership, where people will have to go to get service under warranty, will be in Denver.Tuggle said there will be no changes at Roaring Fork Land Rover, where business has been great.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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