How the GM closures and changes could impact you


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    MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - GM recently announced major closures of plants in the U.S. and Canada, and the company also plans to discontinue six of its mid-size cars.

    ABC 22/FOX 45 spoke to experts and car owners to see what this means for the future.

    Kyle Ashley owns a 2017 Chevy Cruze, and said he was surprised to hear GM would be discontinuing the model next year.

    “I kind of understand their viewpoint on this, but there's still people out there who enjoy a mid-size car as well so it's shocking for me," Ashley said.

    Experts at AAA in Huber Heights said it makes sense. Currently, consumers are buying more trucks and SUVs.

    “Overall, there's a lot more choices vehicle-wise out there," AAA Car Care Manager Jason Brown said.

    Leading companies like Ford and GM plan to cut once popular sedans from their line ups.

    GM announced that come 2019 six models including the Chevy Cruze, Impala and Volt will be discontinued.

    According to CNN business, the sales were down from January through September. The Impala and Volt saw a more than 13 percent drop, and the Cruze saw a staggering 26 percent drop in sales.

    “I think long term ,you're going to see a drop on value of that car because lack of desirability since parts availability will slowly decline and not be readily available," Brown said.

    Experts said if you drive one of the discontinued cars and you need something fixed, you won't have to worry about where to find parts just yet.

    “I think GM makes enough vehicles that parts are interchanged between different models so I don't think we'll see much of a decline immediately," Brown said. "I think seven to 10 years from now we may say a depletion of some of those parts."

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