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Vista Equity Acquires Majority Stake in DealerSocket

The story regarding DealerSocket and Vista Equity Partners’ investment in the CRM firm is a bit clearer today but still raises several questions. TBR first broke the story while at the Digital Dealer conference in Atlantic City on May 6th on Twitter reporting that Vista Equity had acquired a majority interest in DealerSocket. A private…

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Buyer Beware – Right of First Refusal on the Rise

A couple of days ago, on April 30, Southern Motors Chevrolet filed a lawsuit against General Motors for blocking its purchase of Fuller Chevrolet, located in Rincon, GA. According to dealers and individuals who broker dealership acquisitions one of the more under-reported dynamics of the dealership buy-sell field is the growing willingness on the part…

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The Problems with CFPB’s Approach Toward Dealers

By David Ruggles with Cliff Banks The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created as a part of the sweeping Dodd – Frank Act, recently entered into a “consent agreement” with ALLY Bank. The penalty and restitution levied amounts to $98 million, plus ongoing costs mandated by the CFPB to ensure continued compliance with the “agreement.” According…

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2013 Dealership Acquisition Report

YEAR IN REVIEW The pace of automotive dealership buy/sell activity was moderately brisk in 2013, with 180 dealerships accounting for 260 franchises changing owners in the U.S. January started with a bang when Group 1 Automotive announced the acquisition of one of Brazil’s largest retailers, UAB Motors Participacoes S.A., for $47.4 million cash, 1.45 million…

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New Era as Dealers Come Under Increased Attacks for Alleged Non-compliance

January 27, 2014 — Compliance officer sounds so Big Brother-ish or something that dates back to the Soviet era, but it’s quickly becoming a must-have for car dealers – and perhaps even the advertising agencies that service dealers. Here’s why: the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the attorneys general from numerous… Continue Reading

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DealerTrack Acquires Dealer.com — What the Deal Means

Editor’s note: We updated a couple of sections below — the updates are in italics. We stated that Dealer.com was number one in marketshare for websites. The Cobalt Group has an estimated 9,000 franchise dealer websites in North America, Dealer.com has 7,000.  We have several thoughts regarding DealerTrack’s acquisition of Dealer.com which was announced late…

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