Local Saturn owners worry about future

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - GM is slamming the brakes on Saturn production. This after an agreement with a manufacturer is rejected by a potential buyer. GM will stop making Saturns by 2011, stunning news for local Saturn dealer Robert Goodman.

"It was very unexpected, very disappointing for our customers that we have here locally and in the whole entire country," said Robert Goodman, Saturn of Richmond.

Customers like Danielle Wilson who wonders if warranties are still effective and if she can still get her car serviced.

"So right now I'm a little disappointed. I'm kind of trying to figure out where to go to get, you know, simple things that I go there for like oil changes and just regular maintenance," said Danielle.

Dealers tell NBC 12 that Saturn's discontinuation won't hurt the customer. They've been fielding calls from concerned Saturn owners since the news broke yesterday.

"We're still here doing business. We're still open as a service facility and a sales facility. Saturn cars are for sale and we're here to service those Saturn cars," Goodman said.

As for warranties, GM will mail out information to owners as to where to go for the parts they need. GM doesn't expect layoffs saying Saturn plants produce other General Motor brands. All 2009 Saturn models will be the last of its kind. Local dealers could end up selling used Saturns or another type of GM car.

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