Tammy Darvish, 47, vice president of Darcars Automotive Group, has co-written “Outraged: How Detroit and the Wall Street Car Czars Killed the American Dream,” which details her efforts to save dealerships from being eliminated as part of the 2009 federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler Corp.
The 423-page book was released this month and was co-written by Detroit journalist Lillie Guyer. Darvish talked with The Post’s Thomas Heath recently. Here are excerpts from their conversation:
Q: Why write the book?
A: America was told the dealerships cost the manufacturers too much money and that they were poor performers. That is just not the case. They are independent, privately owned businesses and had nothing to do with the troubles at GM and Chrysler.
Q: Weren’t there inefficient dealerships that needed to be closed?
A: In a free enterprise market, it should be left to the consumer to choose. They called people like my father a poor performer. And he is not.
Q: How many Darcars dealerships were shut down?
A: Two. One in Fairfax, which was a Chrysler dealership that we have turned into a used-car lot. And one in Florida.
Q: How has your role in representing dealers affected your relationship with manufacturers?
A: I am more concerned about my relationship with main street than I am with the manufacturers.
Q: Ford did not ask for bailout money.
A: [Ford chief executive] Alan Mulally is a different kind of leader. I love him. He is on the front line and understands and is approachable. I can call the chairman of Toyota on his cellphone and he is happy to talk to us.
Q: What about Fiat/Chrysler Group chairman Sergio Marchionne?
A: I reached out to Sergio Marchionne several times, and I have not received a return call. My attorney received correspondence indicating I probably would not be getting a return call.