Monster October for Dealership Buy-Sells

Monster October for Dealership Buy-Sells

The automotive retail space is within striking distance of 300 dealership acquisitions for all of 2014 following a monster October that saw 49 rooftops change hands. Meanwhile, prices for deals start to climb in wake of Buffett’s announcement. Fueled by Lithia Motors’ acquisition of the DCH Automotive Group, the 49 rooftops that changed owners in…

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3rd Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Update

3rd Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Update

November 3, 2014 –The dealership buy-sell market remains hot through for the year with 200 acquisitions through the third quarter. While Warren Buffett’s announcement brought a renewed sense of energy to the market, it ultimately may dampen potential acquisitions for the next couple of quarters as buyers are content to wait out what is proving to…

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Cadillac’s Plan – New Home & New Vehicles; Fewer Stores?

Cadillac’s Plan – New Home & New Vehicles; Fewer Stores?

October 29, 2014 — Dealers in the market for a Cadillac franchise may want to tread carefully. A month ago we wrote about what we believe will be a painful forecast for many of Cadillac’s 924 dealers. The brand has a new home in New York and as many as 10 new products coming in…

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Lawsuit Shows BMW Punches Sales

Lawsuit Shows BMW Punches Sales

October 8, 2014 — A federal judge in New Jersey Monday approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit resulting from BMW’s long standing practice of forcing dealers to help inflate its monthly sales numbers in what is commonly known as “punching” sales. The lawsuit alleged BMW cheated customers by reducing the length of its four-year Ultimate…

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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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A New Breed of Investor in Automotive Dealerships

A New Breed of Investor in Automotive Dealerships

September 22, 2014 — A new type of investor in dealerships may provide the comfort level manufacturers require and the flexibility dealers need.    Recently a new breed of investor has been drawn to the business of franchised retail auto dealerships. Included are hedge funds, private-equity funds and family offices. First, what attracts them to automotive…

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Mid-Size Sedan Market Feeling the Pressure

September 15, 2014 — Automotive sales in August far exceeded everyone’s expectations leading to concern that automakers were again relying on aggressive incentives rather than true demand juice showroom traffic. The truth lies somewhere in the middle — but could have far reaching implications for the short term future of  certain market segments, and even,…

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Palmer Leaves Nissan

September 2, 2014 — The management shuffle continues at Renault-Nissan as product chief and executive vice president Andy Palmer leaves to take the CEO position at Aston Martin. Replacing Palmer is Philippe Klein, executive vice president with Renault SA, who starts in his new position on September 15. Palmer is the fourth senior executive to leave…

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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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