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Thursday, 15 December 2011 15:03

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PHOTO BY LINDA SANDSMARK

F.H. Dailey Chevrolet’s new owner, Steven Song, took over the longtime San Leandro dealership last month.


By Linda Sandsmark

San Leandro Times

San Leandro’s  101-year-old F. H. Dailey Chevrolet dealership has a new owner, and he’s hoping the newly-remodeled Davis Street store will welcome customers for years to come.

Owner Steven Song, who was raised in Alameda, is proud of the business he purchased on Nov. 15.

“F. H Dailey has been a dealership since 1910. It’s one of the oldest, if  not the oldest dealership in the Bay Area. It’s actually been around longer than Chevrolet cars — it was originally a Ford dealership,” says Song.

“It was a family-owned business, and it’s going from one family to another. I bought it from Dan Gatto, whose wife was a member of the Dailey family.”

Song, who was born in Korea and moved to Alameda when he was 12, is also a family man. The married father of two teenage sons has worked in the car sales industry for 28 years.  His career has moved the family to Orange County and back to the Bay Area, where he most recently owned Sunnyvale Lincoln-Mercury-Kia.

“Coming back here has been a homecoming for me,” he says.

“We are a very employee- and customer-driven company. We’re taking over a company that’s been here over 100 years, and we definitely want to maintain relationships with customers. Our goal is to improve people’s perspective on auto dealerships, to make them more customer friendly. I’d like to invite everybody to come by, say hi, and have a cup of coffee with us,” says Song.

F. H. Dailey Chevrolet has two stores in San Leandro. The larger location is at 800 Davis St., at the corner of Alvarado St. It sells new Chevrolet cars and trucks, including Camaros, Suburbans, Malibus, Equinoxes, Cruzes  and Corvettes.

It also sells used vehicles, and has a Service Center with a Castro GTX Quicklube, plus an extensive parts department. It services most makes and models, including Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer.

The parts department is one of the largest in the Bay Area, carrying harder-to-find parts for many vehicles that are no longer produced.

The second store (at 900 Marina Blvd.) sells cars and trucks, and serves as a presence on Auto Row with the other dealerships there.

Both carry an attractive array of new cars — from sleek Camaros to little red Corvettes. The company also specializes in fleet sales.

For more information call 351-5800 to reach F. H. Dailey at 800 Davis Street; 352-9990 to reach the store at 900 Marina Blvd.

 

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