Denham Springs used car dealers hot under the hood over new regulations

Denham Springs used car dealers hot under the hood over new regulations
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POSTED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 8:58pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 9:05pm

New regulations on how Denham Springs used car lots must look and be run has got some dealers hot under the hood.

“Oh definitely,” replied Nick Schilling of Certified Wholesale Cars, when asked if the new rules would put some out of business, “when you think about them having to reconfigure their car lots, having to pay a lot of money to get it paid, or moving and having to get bigger lot, that costs a lot of money," continued Schilling.

Councilwoman Annie Fugler emphasizes that the point is not to put dealerships out of business. She said the rule change is a way to hold all area businesses to a certain standard, and keep the city beautiful.

"Those businesses that are nearer to the used car lots have done their due diligence in complying with our high standards for business and our landscaping and it's not fair to them to have their property values hurt by those businesses that are not conforming," explained Fugler.

"I want to wake up every morning and see the beautiful, great city that we have here. But don't aim it at one used car lot, don't punish them all for somebody's mistakes," countered Schilling.

But it's not just used car dealers that are upset, small business owner John Kovalcik works with some local dealerships and worries about the resounding effects the ordinances will have.

"Most of my clients are small business owners so we certainly have a brotherhood there of like interests and I obviously want to see my clients be successful. They say they don't want to runt hem out of business but in some of these situations that’s, the regs will do that very thing," said Kovalcik.

Fugler explained that the council is giving dealers time to make the changes and added that they are more than willing to work with those dealers out there to get them up to the new code.

“If we see that they are wanting to work with us and wanting to do right, then absolutely we'll work with them on a case-by-case," explained Fugler.

Dealers have until July to get up to code, the council voted four to one to make the changes at its last meeting of 2013.

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