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SoCal Penske Building Empire in Southern California

September 14, 2014 — Drew AutoCenter in La Mesa, CA announced on Friday to its employees that it is being acquired by Roger Penske Jr.’s group, SoCal Penske Dealer Group, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The auto center includes Drew Ford and Drew Hyundai along with a used vehicle super store. The industry…

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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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Group 1 Acquires Texas Mercedes Store

Group 1 Automotive continues its aggressive pace of acquisitions buying Mercedes Benz of Boerne, Texas from Ronald Heller and Bill Bird. The deal includes a Sprinter franchise and should generate about $135 million in annual revenue. The store is Group 1’s seventh Mercedes Benz dealership. Group 1 has acquired 41 dealerships dating back to January 2013… Continue Reading

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Buyers & Sellers Both Hurt by Right of First Refusal

UPDATED — At least ten (updated from eight) cases of manufacturers using the Right of First Refusal since January 2013, including at least three lawsuits, shows dealers wanting to sell their stores and the dealers hoping to acquire need to do their homework up front to know whether it will be an issue. Since we first reported…

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California Superstores Sells Two More Stores

 California Superstores have sold two more dealerships in the last month in what appears to be a dismantling of the dealer group. The group, which began in late 2010,  once owned as many as 11 dealerships but is down to four.  The two most recent sales include Courtesy Chevrolet-Cadillac in San Jose and the Folsom Chrysler…

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July Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

July Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

The dealership buy-sell market remained hot in July with 27 confirmed acquisition bringing the total for 2014 to 151 rooftops and 225 brands changing hands. In 2013, 110 dealerships changed owners through July. To download an Excel file of this year’s acquisitions click TBR_July_Buy_Sell_Excel. Chevrolet held onto its lead for the year with 16 acquisitions.…

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