Big Money at NADA; Soros Rumors and Dinners…

Big Money at NADA; Soros Rumors and Dinners…

January 26, 2015 — Sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting for a flight (after missing my morning flight) and going through nearly 50 pages of notes from last week’s NADA convention and related conferences. I’m not a big theme guy, but on the last day of the convention, that seemed to be the question I heard the… Continue Reading

AutoNation Moves Car Buying into the Future

AutoNation Moves Car Buying into the Future

November 13, 2014 — Next month, AutoNation will take a big step in making true online transactions in the car buying process a reality when it begins the roll out of its SmartChoice Express initiative. It’s one of its biggest initiatives to date and could move the automotive retail space into the next phase of car…

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Buffett Bounce Over?

Whatever bounce the automotive retail stocks received from Berkshire Hathaway’s announcement 12 days ago that it was entering the car sales space disappeared quickly on Monday as several firms watched their shares plummet led by Lithia Motor’s drop of more than 20% — from more than $80 to under $64 in less than a day. Lithia’s…

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Welcome to Automotive Retail, Mr. Buffett

Welcome to Automotive Retail, Mr. Buffett

October 2, 2014 – Warren Buffett’s announcement today that his Berkshire Hathaway Group is acquiring the Van Tuyl Group Group has the potential to change the market over the next year. Certainly, adding his iconic stature to an industry that already has business luminaries such as Roger Penske and MikeJackson only adds further validation that automotive retail is…

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Barrier Motors to be Sold to Public Dealer Group?

UPDATED: AutoNation just sent a press release announcing the acquisition of Barrier Motors, which we reported earlier this morning. Industry sources are telling us that a sale of Barrier Motors Group in Bellevue, WA is imminent and that the likely buyer is a public dealer group. Based on the rumors, the market and the brands, it’s…

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Sonic Unveils Pre-owned Strategy

Sonic Automotive is announcing more details today of its pre-owned strategy, which will include a national chain of used-car only stores. The initiative’s name will be EchoPark and will be launched in Denver in October. Ultimately, Sonic plans to be in approximately 50 markets, employing a hub-type model, each with a main store that will…

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The Banks Report 2014 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Update

The Banks Report 2014 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Update

OVERVIEW Through the first six months of 2014, 125 dealerships changed ownership, up from 89 through the same period in 2013 according to data compiled by The Banks Report. Eighty-three different buyers accounted for the 125 acquisitions. Note: The 125 does not include the 27 stores Lithia Motors will gain when it closes on its…

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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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