The Georgia Governor's Office of Consumers Affairs weighed in with a cautionary note Wednesday amid reports that Columbus-based Bill Heard Enterprises is planning to shut down all 13 of its dealerships on Friday.
"If their cars are being serviced right now, they need to go get them as soon as they can," said Bill Cloud, spokesman for the consumer agency. "That's just for their convenience. If they close (the dealerships) down, they're going to be hard to get to."
Cloud also suggested if consumers have a vehicle at any of Heard's dealerships as part of a trade-in for another vehicle, "they need to get in and get that cleared up right away."
Anyone who has purchased a vehicle from the auto dealer and is currently making payments need not worry, he said.
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"Most of these cars are probably financed through GMAC," Cloud said. "The people's relationship on the terms of their payments will continue with GMAC, or whoever the lender is. It could be the bank there in Columbus."
Anyone with a consumer complaint — Bill Heard Enterprises-related or otherwise — should contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-869-1123.