Vista’s Acquisition of Solera — Maybe Not

Vista’s Acquisition of Solera — Maybe Not

September 22, 2015 — Vista Equity Partners’ pending $6.5 billion acquisition of Solera Holdings may be on hold as news leaked this week that another buyer has entered the picture creating what may be a bidding war for the service and collision repair software firm. The new potential buyer is IHS, confirming what we speculated…

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Two Big Deals Fuel September Buy-Sell Pace

Two Big Deals Fuel September Buy-Sell Pace

September 18, 2015 — In the first 18 days of September, there have been at least 20 dealerships that have changed hands, bringing the annual total to 342, far surpassing 2014’s 324 total. September’s hot pace has been fueled by two deals this week — Napleton Automotive Group’s purchase of a six store-group in Illinois and… Continue Reading

TBR Weekly Top 10 – Sept. 18

TBR Weekly Top 10 – Sept. 18

September 18, 2015 — Why you need corporate security; Changes in car buying; Preparing for normalization; Why you’ll never buy a driverless vehicle; OEMs slack approach to cyber security; Co-op money – what’s it good for? Hyundai’s future dealership. The TBR Weekly Top 10 is our list of what we believe are the week’s must-read stories… Continue Reading

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Reynolds and Reynolds Strengthens European Solution

September 17, 2015 — Reynolds and Reynolds announced today that its European operations has acquired Contact Advantage, a U.K.-based CRM provider with showroom, F&I and lead management solutions. The company just launched a group of several mobile applications designed to let the dealership manage the customer throughout the entire purchase process using an i-Pad. Contact Advantage… Continue Reading

Vista Equity to Acquire Solera

Vista Equity to Acquire Solera

September 14, 2015 — Late last night, private equity firm Vista Equity Partners agreed to acquire Solera Holdings in a $6.5 billion deal including $3.74 billion cash along with Solera’s leveraged debt. The move is automotive retail’s largest acquisition for now. Rumors continue to persist on Wall Street that CDK Global will be acquired in… Continue Reading

Krafcik Leaves TrueCar for Google

Krafcik Leaves TrueCar for Google

September 14, 2015 — (We updated this story on September 18). It was a busy late Sunday evening/Monday morning as news broke last night that TrueCar President John Krafcik has left the company to lead Google’s autonomous vehicle efforts. Krafcik is the biggest name hired by either Google or Apple for their autonomous vehicle programs. He… Continue Reading

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NADA Closing in on CFPB Victory? Not Quite, But Closer Than Ever

September 9, 2015 — In late July, following a sometimes bitter debate, the House Financial Services Committee cleared the way for legislation repealing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2103 bulletin governing automotive lending. The move is a victory for The National Automobile Dealers Assn. which has lobbied vigorously the last two years to build bi-partisan… Continue Reading

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TBR Weekly Top 10

September 11, 2015 — This feature is a list of of intriguing, quirky and informative stories about the automotive industry that we found on the Internet from this week. Look for this is going to become a regular feature each week of the TBR Weekly. We hope you enjoy! 1. Speeding Up Online Car Sales Car Lister… Continue Reading