Herb Adcox Moving To Used Cars After Over Half A Century Selling Chevies

Will Continue Sales, Service, Parts On Lee Highway

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Longtime Chattanooga auto dealer Herb Adcox said Wednesday that as of this week he will no longer be selling new Chevrolets.

Mr. Adcox said General Motors earlier chose not to renew his Chevrolet dealership, though he said he has provided top quality sales and service for over half a century.

The auto store on Lee Highway is changing its name to Herb Adcox Automotive.

It will focus on "top-quality pre-owned" car sales and will continue to have a service department and a parts department. It will service and provide parts for Chevrolets and all other models, he said.

Mr. Adcox said there will be no layoffs and he expects to increase employment. The firm has 35-40 employees.

He said his dealership was notified in June of 2009 that Herb Adcox Chevrolet was among the many dealers across the country placed in a "wind-down" status. The wind-down period was to go through October 2010.

Mr. Adcox said, "For all practical purposes this was a cancellation because we couldn't order new vehicles."

He said the dealership was allowed to make a pitch to be retained as a dealer, but that was denied.

Mr. Adcox said General Motors then offered a financial settlement to the dealership, which he said was not acceptable.

He said GM recently upped the offer after the matter was set to go to a arbitration. That offer was accepted.

Mr. Adcox said, "Everything we've done has been aimed at giving our customers value and service. It has been done out of true respect for General Motors.

"We have always had one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings. Our technicians have always been properly trained."

Mr. Adcox noted that he served on the Motor Vehicle Commission under four governors and has represented Tennessee dealers on national boards for 25 years. He said, "I've dealt with a lot of GM's top brass."

A native of Oliver Springs, he went into the car business in nearby Oak Ridge in 1949. He handled Pontiacs and was asked to come to Chattanooga in 1955 to take over a Pontiac dealership.

His first Chattanooga location was on South Broad Street. Then he was in Red Bank from 1959-1968. It was 1959 when he switched from Pontiac to Chevrolet.

He built a new facility on Lee Highway in 1968.

Mr. Adcox was a partner with Edd Kirby beginning in 1955 until Mr. Kirby left in 1984. It was known as Adcox-Kirby Chevrolet during that time.

Mountain View retains the local Chevrolet dealership. It acquired a Chevrolet franchise from Newton Chevrolet when Grant Law closed that long-time dealership.



Tommy Fuget, 28, Shot Sunday Night On 4th Avenue

Tommy Fuget, 28, was shot Sunday night on 4th Avenue. The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 10:35 p.m. to a person shot in the 2500 block of 4th Avenue. Upon arrival, police were advised the victim was driven by a personal vehicle to a local hospital. At the hospital, Fuget told police he was walking down 4th Avenue when he was shot by an unknown man. ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Words For The Ages

I was probably one of few people in the entire world who didn’t get caught up in the Royal Marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this weekend. I got over having any semblance of ‘pomp and circumstance’ a long time ago and, as a rule, studiously avoid those apt to ‘put on airs and graces.’ By ignoring the magnificent occasion, I made a big mistake and today it is with delight ... (click for more)

Six Chattanooga Baseball, Softball Teams Open State Play This Week

The state tournament matchups in baseball and softball have been announced. Only thing left is for the fortunate teams that have reached the 2018 TSSAA Spring Fling in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to make a final push toward possible championships, the most prized trophies in high school sports. While only two local baseball teams -- Baylor and McCallie -- are ... (click for more)

Lookouts Fall (3-2) In 10th Inning Walk-Offs By Biloxi Saturday & Sunday

The Biloxi Shuckers (26-17) grabbed their second walk-off victory of the season in extra innings on Saturday night against the Chattanooga Lookouts (28-15) with a 3-2 win. The Lookouts have a 3 1/2 game lead over second-place Jackson in the North Division, while Biloxi has a 3 1/2 game lead over Mobile in the South Divisioon The Shuckers scored two runs to counter Chattanooga's ... (click for more)