Friday, October 12, 2012

Teton Toyota negotiating for VW dealership rights

'Big Buddy,' Teton Toyota's newest addition

Teton Toyota is negotiating with Volkswagen for the right to sell its cars in Idaho Falls, and should know by the end of next week whether they have a deal, General Manager Mario Hernandez said Friday.

As for Audi, they have pulled out of the Idaho Falls market and are not showing any interest in returning. "I would love to have Audi, and I know a lot of Audi owners who aren't pleased they have to take their cars to Utah to get them serviced under warranty," Hernandez said.

Idaho Falls has been without a VW or Audi dealer since the German carmakers pulled out of Wackerli Auto Center, their longtime location on North Holmes Avenue. Wackerli continues to sell Subaru and GMC.

Whether or not a VW sign goes up at Teton Toyota's Sunnyside Road dealership, passers-by are bound to notice the new "Big Buddy." Buddy is Hernandez's 9-year-old black Labrador, who appears in all the dealership's advertising.

The statue measures 9 by 15 feet, and was made by F.A.S.T Corp. of Sparta, Wis., a manufacturer of fiberglass statues and water park attractions since 1983.