Inflation Data Not Yet Cooperating for Interest Rate Cuts This Year – But That May Change

Inflation Data Not Yet Cooperating for Interest Rate Cuts This Year – But That May Change

March 12, 2024 — At the start of 2024, conventional wisdom held that Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell would initiate a series of interest rate cuts throughout the year as inflation began to slow. Some optimistic economists even predicted up to six cuts in total for this year. However, the financial narrative took an unexpected… Continue Reading

DealerOn Acquires Competitor

DealerOn Acquires Competitor

November 14, 2023 — Dealership website provider DealerOn acquired competitor fusionZONE Automotive last week. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Dealership executive Brett Sutherlin and his wife founded fusionZONE in 2009. Primus Capital acquired a majority investment in 2017. Sutherlin sold a second company, LeadRevenue, to Primus in 2021. Sutherlin now is the… Continue Reading

CarGurus to Acquire Remaining Minority Interest in CarOffer, Following a Somewhat Choppy Ride

CarGurus to Acquire Remaining Minority Interest in CarOffer, Following a Somewhat Choppy Ride

November 13, 2023 — CarOffer founder and serial entrepreneur Bruce Thompson is walking away with another $75 million in cash as CarGurus announced last week it is acquiring the final 49% of the Texas-based online used-vehicle trading platform. Zach Hallowell, whom CarGurus recently snatched from Cox Automotive’s Manheim division, will lead CarOffer following Thompson’s resignation.… Continue Reading

Cars.com Expands Into Canadian Market With Acquisition of D2C Media

Cars.com Expands Into Canadian Market With Acquisition of D2C Media

November 2, 2023 — Cars Commerce (Cars.com) announced this morning it has acquired the Montreal-based D2C Media Inc., an automotive technology and digital solutions provider for the Canadian market. The acquisition expands Cars’ footprint adding 1,000 Canadian dealerships to the 250 it currently has. Cars paid USD $76 million in cash ($105 million CAD) at… Continue Reading

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Dealership Compliance a Hot Space as KPA Acquires ComplyNet

October 23, 2023 — KPA, a compliance services provider, announced last week it is acquiring ComplyNet, a Columbus, OH-based firm providing end-to-end compliance software for automotive dealerships. Phil Troy founded ComplyNet in 1994 in Chicago and sold it in 2018 to an investment group led by Alexis Jacobs, owner of Columbus Fair Auto Auction, and,… Continue Reading

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TradePending, With Investor Capstreet, Acquires Snapcell

August 15, 2023 — Since a recapitalization investment from the Houston-based Capstreet Group in 2021, TradePending has acquired two companies — AutoAPR in 2022, and Snapcell, a transaction announced this week. Snapcell, a SaaS automotive video marketing platform, was founded by Brent Williams in 2018 in the U.K. Its U.S. headquarters are in Tampa. It… Continue Reading

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Reynolds and Reynolds Adds 4th Company in 2023

July 20, 2023 — On a blistering acquisition pace this year, The Reynolds and Reynolds Company announced its fourth purchase since January, picking up Xzilon, an Oregon-based vehicle protection and appearance solution provider. Xzilon, founded in 2003, offers F&I products that protect and enhance the exteriors and interiors of vehicles, boats, RVs, and motorcycles. Kevin… Continue Reading

STELLA, an Automotive AI Firm, Completes Seed Raise

STELLA, an Automotive AI Firm, Completes Seed Raise

May 10, 2023 — STELLA Automotive AI, a provider of high-end conversational AI technology, announced yesterday it has closed a seed round of financing. The round included multiple well-known dealer groups such as Maroone USA, the Pohanka Automotive Group, and Czubay Family Enterprises. Terms of the financing of the seed were not disclosed. However, investors… Continue Reading