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Davidson Chevrolet buys Navelli

By By PAT BAILEY

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Davidson Chevrolet in Rome has bought the Navelli dealership. John Navelli says he sold his first car 34 years ago, and now is the time to move on.

Navelli says the economy played a role in his decision, saying that with all the bailouts, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Navelli says it is tough to do something for so long, but the decision to sell was for the best. He says as the economy gets tougher, he isn't sure what the future holds.

Navelli says his employees will now interview for jobs at Davidson, just down the street.

The buyout comes just five days after the Saturn dealership on Commercial Drive in New York Mills, confirmed they will close on May 15.

General Manager of AAA in Utica, and host of the Saturday morning talk show "Auto Talk", Ed Welsh, says a shrinking market place for cars is leading to so many of these dealership buyouts around the country.

"Chrysler did this a couple years ago," Welsh said. "We used to have a Chrysler store, a Dodge store, a Jeep store they were all separate. They put them all under one roof and a lot of dealers have merged in that direction over the last four or five years."

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