Vendor M&A at Record Levels

Vendor M&A at Record Levels

November 13, 2018 —  A flurry of 26 deals since the beginning of September has pushed the year’s total to 64, a record for investments and acquisitions in the automotive retail vendor space. The blistering pace continued into the first week of November with data analytics firm Marchex’s purchase of Telmetrics and Infomedia’s acquisition of…

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Reynolds Reaches Agreement to Settle Dealer Class Action Lawsuit

Reynolds Reaches Agreement to Settle Dealer Class Action Lawsuit

October 2, 2018 — The Reynolds and Reynolds Company and several dealers part of a class action lawsuit filed against the technology vendor agreed in principle last week to settle, according to a court document filed late Friday. There is no word on what the terms of the pending settlement are. A similar agreement with…

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CDK Global to Integrate Lyft Concierge into Fortellis Platform

CDK Global to Integrate Lyft Concierge into Fortellis Platform

August 12, 2018 — Sources have confirmed CDK Global will announce Monday morning it is partnering with ride hailing company Lyft to provide a transportation solution for dealership service departments to integrate into their loaner fleet programs. Lyft Business’ Concierge dispatch solution — already being used by approximately 300 dealerships — will be integrated into… Continue Reading

Reynolds, CDK File Counter-Suits in Antitrust Litigation

Reynolds, CDK File Counter-Suits in Antitrust Litigation

July 3, 2018 — Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global counter-sued Authenticom last week alleging the Wisconsin-based firm participated in cyber piracy, trade secret theft and fraud. The counter-suits are the latest in an ongoing legal battle in which as many as four vendors and 25 dealers have accused Reynolds and CDK of antitrust violations.…

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Carvana Adds 3D Augmented Reality with Acquisition of Car360

Carvana Adds 3D Augmented Reality with Acquisition of Car360

April 17, 2018 — Online used vehicle retailer Carvana announced this morning it has acquired Car360, an Atlanta-based start up that developed a mobile app with one the first commercially available uses of 3D computer vision, machine learning and augmented reality technology for the automotive industry. The acquisition adds 3D and augmented reality technology to the… Continue Reading

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Leucadia Becomes Second Large Investment Firm to Exit Dealership Business in 6 Months

April 10, 2018 — Leucadia National Corporation announced yesterday it is selling its equity and real estate interests in dealer group Garcardia to the Garff family, its partners in the joint venture that began in 2006. Leucadia, a publicly traded holding company (LUK – NYSE) holds a 75% interest in Garcadia, which includes 28 dealerships…

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TBR 2017 Report on Dealership Buy Sell Activity

TBR 2017 Report on Dealership Buy Sell Activity

March 6, 2018 — Despite industry perception that dealership consolidation is on the rise, buy-sell activity of U.S.-based stores declined in 2017 for the second consecutive year, based on data compiled by The Banks Report. Even with the downward trend the last two years, the buy-sell market has been vibrant since 2013 as the industry…

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