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Napleton vs. Jaguar – Another Right of First Refusal Lawsuit

Longtime Illinois dealer Ed Napleton is suing Florida attorney and New York dealer Manuel Kadre; Jaguar Land Rover North America; the Long Island Automotive Group, MMS-HM and their owners, the Marubeni America Corp. It’s another lawsuit resulting from a manufacturer’s exercise of the right of first refusal in which they nix one buyer and bring… Continue Reading

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GM Brands Lead Buy/Sells First 5 Months of the Year

June 24, 2014 General Motors branded dealerships are proving to be the most popular on the acquisition front in 2014 with GMC leading with 11 franchises sold and Chevrolet and Buick in second with 10. Meanwhile, five Cadillac dealerships were sold. Honda also has seen several of its dealerships find new owners with eight buy-sells…

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Dealership Buy/Sell Update January – May 2014

There have been 89 dealership acquisitions through the first five months of 2014 – up from 71 through the same period in 2013, according to data compiled by The Banks Report. Even though the number was up through May, the pace for the year was relatively flat – although, still brisk. Last year, there were 202…

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Buyer Beware – Right of First Refusal on the Rise

A couple of days ago, on April 30, Southern Motors Chevrolet filed a lawsuit against General Motors for blocking its purchase of Fuller Chevrolet, located in Rincon, GA. According to dealers and individuals who broker dealership acquisitions one of the more under-reported dynamics of the dealership buy-sell field is the growing willingness on the part…

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2013 Dealership Acquisition Report

YEAR IN REVIEW The pace of automotive dealership buy/sell activity was moderately brisk in 2013, with 180 dealerships accounting for 260 franchises changing owners in the U.S. January started with a bang when Group 1 Automotive announced the acquisition of one of Brazil’s largest retailers, UAB Motors Participacoes S.A., for $47.4 million cash, 1.45 million…

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