INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After months of waiting and wondering. some General Motors customers in Central Indiana are seeing progress. After waiting about three months, several Hoosier drivers say they’ve finally gotten their recalled vehicles fixed. But many people are still driving rental cars or finding other modes of transportation.
“I’d like to say we’re in the middle of it, but I don’t know how far it’s going to go,” said Ric McCoy, general manager at Ed Martin Buick GMC.
After 30 million cars have been recalled, no one seems to know when it will stop. Since the rash of recalls started in February, drivers have been at a standstill with nothing left to do but wait on parts to arrive. McCoy says because of the multitude of recalls, he never knows how long a customer will have to wait.
“I don’t have a time frame because they are working overtime to make all these parts and get them out,” said McCoy.
24-Hour News 8 first spoke to Gail Whitmire in April. Whitmire, of Delaware County, turned over her Chevy Cobalt to the dealer nearly three months ago. She thought she’d only have to wait a week, but just got her Cobalt back on Friday.
Still, McCoy says those long wait times and the issues surrounding the recalls haven’t hurt sales at Ed Martin, because recalls have become routine.
“I think we’re accustomed to it,” said McCoy.
The numbers back that up. GM’s June sales were 1 percent higher than the same month last year. While almost every GM model has been recalled, McCoy insists the automaker is simply playing it safe.
“We’ve done well over 100 of the ignition recalls. Out of those we’ve found one that was actually defective. They’re recalling all for a few,” said McCoy.
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