EATON — After 30 years, Rodney Cobb Chevrolet will be undergoing a change in ownership.
Rodney Cobb started the dealership in April of 1985 and successfully ran the dealership until he decided to sell it to Ed Larkin, the current general manager at Rose Automotive in Hamilton. Larkin took control of the dealership on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Cobb said the timing was right for him to sell.
“I just didn’t have anyone to pass it on to,” Cobb said. Cobb continued by noting he felt he found the right person to carry on the tradition. “I was approached by Ed Larkin and I heard good things about Ed and really liked him and just felt he would continue to run it as a family dealership. It would be good for the employees to keep it like is, keep the flavor of the place.”
Cobb said he will be staying on and working at the dealership but will enjoy having a more flexible schedule as ownership duties change hands to Larkin.
According to Cobb, not much will change at the dealership.
“We are expecting the same faces to be in there that are there now, people will see the same people. I’ll be in there sometimes. I really think people will be just as comfortable with Ed as they were with us.”
Larkin said carrying on the tradition of the business is important and doesn’t see many change occurring. “It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a very comfortable place to buy a car,” he said.
“I’m hoping to increase our selection but as far as the people and personnel, they do a great job of taking care of the customers and I want to learn from them and hopefully enhance a few things.”
Larkin also hopes he can bring in some business from customers outside of Preble County who are used to dealing with him in his other endeavors, all while keeping those who buy cars in Preble County happy.
Larkin is also excited about getting into the business of selling new cars again.
“This is an opportunity for us to own a Chevy dealership again,” said Larkin. “We couldn’t be more excited to get back into selling the cars we know and love. Our vision is to carry on the legacy that Rodney has built with the same level of high-quality service the residents of Eaton and Preble County have come to expect. We can’t wait to get started.”
A name change to Larkin-Cobb Chevrolet Buick GMC will take place in the coming weeks, along with a new building sign.
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