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Crystal Hartwell
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Kerrigan Advisors Represents Edmark Superstore in its Sale to Kendall Auto Group

 Edmark is one of the highest volume selling dealerships in Idaho for past three years Irvine, CA, January 17, 2017 – Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the US, represented and advised Edmark Superstore, one of Idaho's highest volume selling dealerships, in its sale to Kendall Auto Group.  The Edmark Superstore is co-owned by David Edmark and Jim Chalfant.  Edmark Superstore’s franchises include Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC and Kia.  With this…See More
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Kerrigan Advisors Represents Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Sale to Gee Automotive Companies

Tonkin is the third Top 100 Dealership Group sold by Kerrigan Advisors in the last 12 months Irvine, CA, December 19, 2016 – Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the US, represented and advised the Ron Tonkin Dealerships, Portland's largest auto dealership group, in its sale to Gee Automotive Companies.  This transaction will create one of the nation’s top 50 dealership groups[1].  The Ron Tonkin Dealership Group, founded by Ron Tonkin in…See More
Dec 19, 2016
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Auto Retail Index Up 11.66% in Wake of Election

Kerrigan Auto Retail Index indicates auto retail stocks reacting positively to Trump election, outperforming S&P by 240.9% Irvine, CA, December 1, 2016 – Kerrigan Advisors today announced that The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index was up 11.66% in the month of November, significantly outperforming the broader S&P 500 Index by 240.9%.  With no earnings announcements or other major industry events, The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index attributes the rise to the election of Donald Trump.   “While the…See More
Dec 1, 2016
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Auto Retail Index Up 11.66% in Wake of Election

Kerrigan Auto Retail Index indicates auto retail stocks reacting positively to Trump election, outperforming S&P by 240.9% Irvine, CA, December 1, 2016 – Kerrigan Advisors today announced that The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index was up 11.66% in the month of November, significantly outperforming the broader S&P 500 Index by 240.9%.  With no earnings announcements or other major industry events, The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index attributes the rise to the election of Donald Trump.   “While the…See More
Dec 1, 2016
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New Report: In-Dealership Transaction Times Improving, But Most Dealers Believe They Should Be Shorter

Unengaged wait time in the dealership outpaced negotiation as the biggest consumer pain point in the car buying process, according to eLEND Solutions 2016 Dealer Survey Foothill Ranch, CA –November 29, 2016 – For the third year in a row, a survey of auto dealers, fielded by eLEND Solutions™, shows a distinct disconnect between actual start-to-finish transaction times and what dealers believe is the “ideal” time consumers should spend in a dealership buying a car.  Ideal Start-to-Finish…See More
Nov 29, 2016
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Dealership M&A Activity Declines in Third Quarter; 2017 Increases Likely, according to The Blue Sky Report™ released by Kerrigan Advisors

Pace of acquisitions slow for balance of 2016; incoming Trump administration motivating sellers to push closings to 2017, while more foreign investment anticipated next yearIrvine, CA, November 22, 2016 – Dealership M&A activity declined by 7% in the first nine months of 2016 YOY, with sellers likely to push closings to 2017 in anticipation of potential tax benefits from the incoming Trump administration, according to analysis from the Blue Sky Report™, a Kerrigan Quarterly, which was…See More
Nov 22, 2016
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Gubagoo’s New RESQ App Generates a 300% Increase in Lead-to-Sale Conversion

 Gubagoo launches RESQ’s new industry-first technology to empower dealerships with complete access to, and insight on, potential and existing customers, from their sales and service teams’ mobile phones, via text, chat or callBoca Raton, FL, – October 24, 2016 – Today, Gubagoo announces that RESQ, it’s newly developed app, is generating a 300% increase in lead-to-sale conversions in dealerships. RESQ gives dealers instant visibility into live chats, texts and phone calls, connecting them…See More
Oct 24, 2016
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Gubagoo announces Facebook Messenger Integration for Automotive Dealerships

 Gubagoo’s latest innovation enables Facebook users to chat with auto dealerships, using Facebook Messenger just like they chat with friends; unlocks new sales channel for auto dealers Boca Raton, FL –October 21, 2016 – Gubagoo, the fastest growing and most innovative provider of solutions to the automotive industry, today announced that it now offers complete and seamless integration with Facebook Messenger. Gubagoo is one of the first chat providers in the automotive industry to offer this…See More
Oct 21, 2016
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Patent Awarded to CarStory Market Reports’ Technology

New patent covers “demand/price driver” engine that powers pricing and features analysis found in CarStory Market Reports; data provides dealers with in-demand selling points for every used vehicle on their lot and gives car buyers insights to make better, more informed decisions Austin, Texas – October 18, 2016 – CarStory, the industry’s largest provider of search and inventory data and analytics on used vehicles, today announced that a technology powering its Market Reports has been awarded a…See More
Oct 18, 2016
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CarStory Launches VDP Deep Linking: Delivers Low Funnel Traffic and High Engagement to VDPs During “Moment of Search”

 The CarStory Advertising Network offers faster and more effective Vehicle Details Page deep linking from CarStory’s extensive and highly trafficked network of automotive marketplaces Austin, Texas – August 9, 2016 – Dealerships can now attract low-funnel, high-converting consumers from the highly trafficked CarStory Advertising Network via deep links directly into their websites’ Vehicle Details Pages (VDPs), CarStory announced today. The new offering also includes CarStory’s popular and…See More
Aug 9, 2016
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New Study: Dealership Purchase Transactions Reduced by 60 Minutes, Likelihood to Buy Increases 56% with New Process

 White Paper from eLEND Solutions with Huntington Beach Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram examines how a simple driver’s license swipe, and a new process can set financing pre-qualification in motion, reduce transaction times and increase closing ratiosFoothill Ranch, CA – August 4, 2016 – The time it takes to complete a purchase transaction in the dealership can be shorted by sixty minutes with the simple swipe of a driver’s license and specific process improvements, according to a new study released…See More
Aug 4, 2016
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Jun 22, 2016
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DrivingSales Announces the Most Valuable Insight of 2016 at Presidents Club in Miami

 "The Language of Closers: Communication that Wins," presented by CDK Global,named 2016’s Most Valuable Insight at third annual DrivingSales Presidents Club Salt Lake City, UT– June 13, 2016 – DrivingSales today announced that "The Language of Closers: Communication that Wins," presented by CDK Global, has been named the 2016 DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight.  CDK Global received the award from DrivingSales CEO Jared Hamilton at the…See More
Jun 13, 2016
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Auto Industry Experiences Monumental Shifts in Public Auto Retail Valuations, according to The Blue Sky Report™ released by Kerrigan Advisors

New report analyzes dealership buy/sell activity for Q1 2016; overall activity, including multi-dealership transactions, size of groups coming into market and luxury import transactions, continues to rise; publics’ blue sky multiples decline: valuations at parity or below many private acquisition opportunities Irvine, CA, June 7, 2016 – U.S. dealership buy/sell activity continued to rise in the first quarters of 2016, including growth in multi-dealership transactions, the size of groups coming…See More
Jun 7, 2016
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May 18, 2016
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The KAR Index™ Drops 9% in Two Weeks

Index from Kerrigan Advisors shows high inventory levels, gross margin compression, and weak sales forecasts depressing public auto retailer valuations  Irvine, CA, May 18, 2016 – Kerrigan Advisors today announced that The KAR Index™ (The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index) has dropped 9% - from 496.82 to 452.49 – in just the last two weeks, indicating depressed public auto retailer valuations. The KAR Index™ attributes the sharp drop to higher inventory levels, gross margin compression in new vehicle…See More
May 18, 2016

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Kerrigan Advisors Represents Edmark Superstore in its Sale to Kendall Auto Group

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 6:12pm 0 Comments

 

Edmark is one of the highest volume selling dealerships in Idaho for past three years

 

Irvine, CA, January 17, 2017 – Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the US, represented and advised Edmark Superstore, one of Idaho's highest volume selling dealerships, in its sale to Kendall Auto Group.  The Edmark Superstore is co-owned by David…

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First-Ever Interactive Digital License Plate Debuts at Detroit Auto Show’s Automobili-D

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 9:19am 0 Comments

Reviver reinvents the 125-year-old metal plate as an Internet of Things, connected car platform; rPlate™ hits the road in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas in 2017, other states to follow

 

Detroit, MI - January 9, 2017 – The first-ever, interactive digital license plate debuts today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit during Automobili-D, a new event showcasing…

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Kerrigan Advisors Represents Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Sale to Gee Automotive Companies

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 6:58pm 0 Comments

Tonkin is the third Top 100 Dealership Group sold by Kerrigan Advisors in the last 12 months

 

Irvine, CA, December 19, 2016 – Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisory firm to auto dealers in the US, represented and advised the Ron Tonkin Dealerships, Portland's largest auto dealership group, in its sale to Gee Automotive Companies.  This transaction will create one of the nation’s top 50…

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Auto Retail Index Up 11.66% in Wake of Election

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 10:16am 0 Comments

Kerrigan Auto Retail Index indicates auto retail stocks reacting positively to Trump election, outperforming S&P by 240.9%

 

Irvine, CA, December 1, 2016 – Kerrigan Advisors today announced that The Kerrigan Auto Retail Index was up 11.66% in the month of November, significantly outperforming the broader S&P 500 Index by 240.9%.  With no earnings announcements or other major industry events, The…

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Kerrigan Advisors Represents Edmark Superstore in its Sale to Kendall Auto Group

Posted by Crystal Hartwell on January 17, 2017 at 6:12pm 0 Comments

 

Edmark is one of the highest volume selling dealerships in Idaho for past three years

 

Irvine, CA, January 17, 2017 – Kerrigan…

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Auto/Mate Announces Updates to Fixed Ops Suite, Including VIN Scan and myCarfax.com Service Shop Integration

Posted by Mike Esposito on January 17, 2017 at 9:25am 0 Comments

Albany, N.Y. – January 17th, 2017 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems announced today the addition of two feature updates to its dealership management system (DMS) Fixed Ops Suite. The new features are designed to increase efficiencies and revenue in…

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Is texting while driving a 21st-century epidemic?

Posted by Thomas F. Jung on January 17, 2017 at 9:13am 0 Comments

Driving is a highly…

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How Is Your Business Making a Difference? Your Customers Want to Know.

Posted by Mike Gorun on January 17, 2017 at 8:34am 1 Comment

Dealerships are well known for their involvement and participation…

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How to be the New England Patriots of the car business!

Posted by Alan Ram on January 16, 2017 at 2:25pm 0 Comments

It was 2008 when it hit me. The economy had just begun to hit the skids and I was leaving a dealership after having done a live meeting. As I walked through the empty showroom I noticed four Managers on shift, sitting in an otherwise vacant tower…

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Helion Releases Free eBook for Auto Dealers: Three Service Department Pain Points, Solved!

Posted by Erik S. Nachbahr on January 16, 2017 at 11:16am 0 Comments

How Faulty IT Infrastructures are Causing Dealerships to Lose Revenue, Lose Customers and Lose Employee Buy-In

Timonium, MD – January 16th, 2017-- Helion…

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