LAS VEGAS – Like nearly all dealers attending the National Automobile Dealers Assn. convention here last month, Robert L. Beadle was in a great mood. Dealers on the convention floor expressed joy, fears. “We’ve had five straight year of good business,” says the president of Beadle Ford-Chrysler, in Bowdle, SD, north of Pierre. The mood was joyous throughout the convention parties that ran from one end of the sprawling exposition to the other and, for the most part, even in ...

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