New owners take over at the former Clarke Pontiac GMC Chevrolet


By Ron Giofu


There has been a changing of the guard at one of the town’s long-standing auto dealerships.

The Rafih Automotive Group, southwestern Ontario’s largest auto retail provider, has come to town by adding to its dealership line with the addition of Amherstburg GM. The new owners took control last Thursday at the dealership formally known as Clarke Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd.

Terry Rafih, chairman and CEO, announced the opening of the all new Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC Corvette, located at 432 Sandwich St. S.

Rafih said negotiations to acquire the dealership began roughly two months ago. He stated in a press release that he “is extremely pleased” to welcome Amherstburg GM into the company he founded more than 20 years ago.

“We are all very pleased and excited to become part of the Amherstburg community and provide our customers with even more choice and the best possible customer service,” Rafih stated. “Amherstburg GM is a new dealership, with a new attitude, and a new beginning,”

Rafih said Amherstburg “is a nice town” and believes there are good opportunities for success. He noted he is “very familiar” with the area, having once lived in River Canard.

“It’s a great little town and we look forward to being there,” he said.

There will be a mix of new and old staff at the dealership, he said, and asks the community for patience as they undertake a transformation at the facility.

“All of our dealerships are committed to the customers and the communities in which they operate.” “When people see the ‘proud member of Rafih Auto Group’ moniker then they can be sure that they are dealing with professionals who are determined to providing them with the very best customer service possible,” Rafih said.

He noted they hope to participate in the community through such things as sponsorships.

Amherstburg GM customers will have access to the Rafih group’s inventory of pre-owned vehicles as well.

“If we don’t have what they want in GM, we can offer them makes and models they need at very competitive pricing,” said Rafih.

Amherstburg GM adds to the Rafih Automotive Group’s already impressive vehicle lineup that now includes 20 auto dealerships and brands in both Canada and the United States. Amherstburg GM joins Performance Ford, Pinnacle Chrysler, Countryside Chrysler and Leamington GM in the Rafih Auto Group’s North American vehicle lineup.

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