Buxman Motors of Newton is officially a GM dealer again.

The auto dealer’s franchise as a seller of new GM vehicles was part of a “wind down” the automaker began as a result of its financial troubles in recent years.


Buxman Motors of Newton is officially a GM dealer again.
The auto dealer’s franchise as a seller of new GM vehicles was part of a “wind down” the automaker began as a result of its financial troubles in recent years.
Scott Koehn purchased the business in February 2009 from Melvin Buxman, whom he had worked for since the dealership opened.
By May 2009, he was notified the dealership would be affected by the wind down, and Buxman would no longer be a GM franchise. The letter he received suggested dealers “wind down” their businesses by selling out inventory and shutting their doors.
“I wasn’t going to do that,” Koehn said. “I just bought the store.”
He looked into other franchises, selling different brands of vehicles, but due to limits on allowed proximity to other dealerships, nothing worked out.
“I’m a true GM man, and that’s all I wanted to have,” he said.
He kept the dealership in business selling used vehicles and was able to have some new cars on his lot through an agreement with other dealerships.
The franchises selected to be closed were chosen based on their performance for the three years prior to GM’s financial woes last year.
Koehn recently contacted GM representatives to explain he only had come to own the business three months before being notified Buxman would lose its franchise. GM ultimately decided to reinstate the franchise.
Koehn said he received a letter of intent from GM to reinstate Buxman as a Buick and GMC dealership, which allowed him to move forward with opening a line of credit to redevelop that aspect of the business and get some inventory for his lot.
Everything else that needs to be done before the franchise is official is just paperwork and formalities, he said.
“Now I’m selling what I believe in,” Koehn said.
He’s also optimistic about the future of the business despite GM’s recent past.
“I’ve never seen this kind of quality before,” he said of GM’s 2011 line, “I’d put them up against anything.”
Koehn said the new GMC Terrain and Buick Lacross models have won several consumer awards, and are selling so well, other dealers are having trouble keeping them on the lots, so he has reason to be confident about the franchise.