Authenticom Asks for Preliminary Injunction; Lands Big Time Expert Witness in Antitrust Suit Against Reynolds, CDK

Authenticom Asks for Preliminary Injunction; Lands Big Time Expert Witness in Antitrust Suit Against Reynolds, CDK

May 19, 2017 — Late yesterday afternoon, data services provider Authenticom filed a motion in its antitrust lawsuit against Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global, seeking a preliminary injunction. TBR wrote about the pending request last week. The lawsuit alleges the dealer management system providers conspired in 2015 to force Authenticom and other data integration competitors out of… Continue Reading

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

May 18, 2017 — According to an article in The Texas Tribune this week, legislation dubbed the “Buffett Bill” that would allow Berkshire Automotive to keep selling vehicles in Texas is dead. Fierce opposition from Tea Party activists and environmental groups (yes, politics still can make strange bedfellows) forced Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to pull the legislation… Continue Reading

Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Activity Slowly Rebounding

Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Activity Slowly Rebounding

May 14, 2017 — Acquisition activity among auto retail vendors is slowly rebounding following a first quarter that brought only one deal. In recent weeks, Dominion Web Solutions, Drivin, Automatic and World Dealer were acquired while Carvana launched an initial public offering (IPO). Next up is Cars.com which will begin trading on the New York…

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Former AutoNation Exec Mike Maroone Buys Serra Stores in CO

Former AutoNation Exec Mike Maroone Buys Serra Stores in CO

(Update -Correction Below) May 15, 2017 — Mike Maroone, former AutoNation president, has acquired four dealerships from the Serra organization in Colorado Springs, CO. The acquisition follows a two-year non-compete stemming from Maroone’s retirement from AutoNation in April 2015. The stores include two Chevrolet dealerships and Honda and Volkswagen dealerships along with a collision shop. The… Continue Reading

Tesla’s Retail Model May Be Its Biggest Challenge

Tesla’s Retail Model May Be Its Biggest Challenge

May 9, 2017 — Tesla’s moment of truth is nearly here. This year’s introduction of its Model 3 may be the auto industry’s most critical vehicle launch since Ford’s Model T took over America’s roads more than a century ago. Whether the fledgling company becomes the ultimate disruptor and a truly viable automaker will be determined by the…

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Cars.com Spin-off Slated for May 31

Cars.com Spin-off Slated for May 31

May 3, 2017 — TEGNA’s board today approved of the spin-off of Cars.com slated to be completed on May 31. Trading is set to begin on June 1 on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol CARS. TEGNA stockholders of record at the close of business on May 18 will receive one share… Continue Reading

The Impact of Carvana’s Less Than Stellar IPO

The Impact of Carvana’s Less Than Stellar IPO

May 2, 2017 — Carvana’s less than stellar first couple of days on the New York Stock Exchange raises questions not only about its business model, but could also impact the IPO plans of other companies in the automotive retail space. The online used vehicle retailer launched its initial public offering last Friday raising $225 million on the…

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A Second Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against CDK & Reynolds

A Second Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against CDK & Reynolds

May 2, 2017 — Authenticom, a firm providing data integration services to car dealers, filed a lawsuit late yesterday against CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds alleging the two companies engaged in antitrust practices. The suit could have far-reaching implications — not only on the companies involved, but also on the entire automotive retail space. It’s another chapter… Continue Reading

Berkshire Automotive Caught in Law of Unintended Consequences

Berkshire Automotive Caught in Law of Unintended Consequences

April 21, 2016 — Berkshire Hathaway Automotive finds itself the victim of the law of unintended consequences in Texas’ fight to keep electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla from selling direct to consumers. The problem is that Texas’ legislation  prohibiting manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to customers in the state was written so broadly that it includes… Continue Reading