Tough Times Ahead for Fiat Chrysler Dealers

Tough Times Ahead for Fiat Chrysler Dealers

June 11, 2015 — Since October of 2014, when asked which automotive brands I like during the Q&A sessions following presentations I’ve given, my advice has been to “Sell your Chrysler store today.” Often the response is incredulous — “Sales are through the roof, and we’re making money, why would we sell?” is the question.…

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Monster May for Dealership Buy-Sells

June 7, 2015 — May was a monster month for dealership acquisitions setting a monthly record for number of transactions since January 2013. Notable deals included Group 1 Automotive, Lithia Motors, Bill Jacobs, Tom Durant and Euro Motor Cars, Victory Automotive and AutoNation. At least 33 transactions accounted for 41 dealerships changing owners in May, according to…

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FCA Australia Scandal Reaches U.S.

  June 6, 2015 — An erupting scandal involving former Fiat Chrysler  and Mercedes Benz executives in Australia snags website provider MotorTrak and potentially threatens its business globally while raising questions about its deal to provide websites to Mercedes Benz retailers in the U.S.  For the last week, media outlets in Australia and New Zealand have been… Continue Reading

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TrueCar’s Lawsuits – Just Noise or Something More?

May 27, 2015 — UPDATED: First it was non-dealer customers, then it was its dealer customers in California suing TrueCar — now its investors have filed a lawsuit against the online vehicle shopping site. Is it just noise or do the lawsuits indicate a deeper problem for TrueCar?   Following last week’s announcement that the California New Car…

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New Country Makes Big Acquisition

May 17, 2015 — New Country Motor Cars Inc. recently added six top-line franchises to bring its total number of locations to 30. It’s only the seventh transaction since January 2013 that included six or more dealerships and is the second biggest acquisition of the year.  Michael Cantanucci’s New Country Automotive Group in Hartford, CT is turning into…

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Public Group Buy-Sell Activity Slow in 2015

May 8, 2015 — The public dealer groups are off to a slow start in 2015 on the acquisition front. Asbury Automotive Group announced its first purchase of the year last night, acquiring Capitol City Nissan in the Atlanta area. The transaction is only the ninth this year completed by the six public groups according to data…

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Dealership Buy-Sells Remain Steady, But Few Big Deals

May 7, 2015 — With all the chatter of private equity and names like Warren Buffett getting into the automotive retail space, there have been few large deals completed. Only two transactions for more than eight stores and only six that have been for five or more have been signed since January 2013, according to data compiled… Continue Reading

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Analysis of Solera’s DME Acquisition

April 27, 2015 — Solera Holdings announced last week it has acquired marketing firm DME Automotive. It’s the latest in a series a acquisitions and investments in the service and repair space for the industry. It’s a market that has been heating up since Solera jumped into it in late 2013 with an investment/acquisition of AutoPoint…

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