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TBR Daily Update — January 28

January 28, 2015 — Fort Walton Beach Stores Sold for $80 Million; Penske Buys Land Rover Dealership; Texans Find Ohio to be Tough; Oregon Dealer Dies; It’s Huge — and Not in a Good Way; Mac Haik Acquires Nissan Store Fort Walton Beach Stores Sold for $80 Million In a deal we reported on two weeks ago, Texas-based…

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Dealerships Are Key in Cyber Attack Wars

December 27, 2014 — Much of the auto industry’s discussion regarding cyber warfare focuses on the inherent vulnerabilities of the connected vehicle. But one area that receives little scrutiny is the retail side of the automotive industry. This will soon change as dealerships likely will become one of the central battlefields in the cyber wars that will be… Continue Reading

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Texas Teachers Invest in Dealerships

November 24, 2014 — Teachers in Texas apparently like the financial prospects of franchised car dealerships. One of the country’s largest pension funds, the Teachers Retirement System of Texas is investing in Capital Automotive, a firm that provides sale-leaseback capital to car dealers, through an investment fund established by Capital’s parent Brookfield Property Partners. Brookfield…

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AutoNation Moves Car Buying into the Future

AutoNation Moves Car Buying into the Future

November 13, 2014 — Next month, AutoNation will take a big step in making true online transactions in the car buying process a reality when it begins the roll out of its SmartChoice Express initiative. It’s one of its biggest initiatives to date and could move the automotive retail space into the next phase of car…

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Buffett Bounce Over?

Whatever bounce the automotive retail stocks received from Berkshire Hathaway’s announcement 12 days ago that it was entering the car sales space disappeared quickly on Monday as several firms watched their shares plummet led by Lithia Motor’s drop of more than 20% — from more than $80 to under $64 in less than a day. Lithia’s…

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Mr. Buffett Doesn’t Want to Change Automotive Retail, He Likes the Model Too Much

Mr. Buffett Doesn’t Want to Change Automotive Retail, He Likes the Model Too Much

Our analysis of yesterday’s stunning announcement from Warren Buffett that he is acquiring the Van Tuyl Group: Welcome to the Industry, Mr. Buffett. I’ve had several conversations and have read numerous blogs that speculate Buffett will usher in a new world for automotive retail — improving the shopping and buying processes both online and offline. Some of… Continue Reading

Lithia Motors Completes DCH Purchase

Lithia Motors Completes DCH Purchase

Despite our earlier report this morning that a manufacturer may have been trying to block part of the deal, the Lithia Motors’ acquisition of the DCH Automotive Group was just signed this afternoon and includes all of DCH’s 27 dealerships. The purchase closely follows what Lithia laid out in its investor presentation in mid-June. The Medford, OR-based…

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Group 1 Automotive Doubles Down in Brazil; Exits Long Island

September 15, 2014 — In the words of Kenny Rogers — “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away; know when to run.” And Group 1 Automotive’s Chairman and CEO Earl Hesterberg is showing he’s not afraid to follow that advice and cut his losses.…

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