Toyota, Nissan, Kia and Chevy dealerships acquired in four states

Toyota, Nissan, Kia and Chevy dealerships acquired in four states

A family members transaction represented the stop of one particular profession and the enlargement of yet another when Patrick O’Brien on April 6 purchased Pat O’Brien Chevrolet in Vermilion, Ohio, from his father, Pat O’Brien.

Patrick O’Brien renamed the dealership Firelands Chevrolet Vermilion. His father, Pat O’Brien, experienced owned the dealership considering that 2010 and is retiring at age 71, his son reported.

The acquisition provides a fourth dealership to Firelands Auto Team, founded in 2017 by Patrick O’Brien. The group also consists of Firelands Chevrolet-Buick in Norwalk, Ohio, Firelands Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sandusky, Ohio, and Firelands Toyota, also in Sandusky.

Vermilion is about 40 miles west of Cleveland and is east of Sandusky.

Patrick O’Brien, proprietor and vendor principal of the Firelands Chevy retail outlet, explained to Automotive News that he is ready to go to all four dealerships approximately just about every working day considering the fact that they are in the similar market place and situated about 20 miles from just about every other.

Aside from incorporating positions, O’Brien stated he stored the exact team and did not anticipate any large improvements for the dealership.

“He did a actually excellent job,” O’Brien claimed of his father.

Patrick O’Brien said his father had an “awesome vocation” that started out in 1970 when he started promoting cars for Ed Mullinax, encouraging to develop that company and was a component proprietor. The Mullinax dealership group eventually was offered in 1996 to Republic Industries Inc., which later on became AutoNation Inc.

“I started out doing work at Mullinax Ford [in Wickliffe, Ohio] in significant faculty, washing cars and trucks and stuff,” Patrick O’Brien reported, adding that his father had retired for about a decade right after the AutoNation sale.

When Pat O’Brien returned to vehicle retail in 2005 at age 55, his son came to operate for him and his father grew his enterprise to 5 dealerships he marketed a single other dealership (the Chevrolet-Buick retail outlet) to his son in 2017.

Now, Patrick O’Brien looks forward to carrying on the family members tradition. And even though he hopes to maintain expanding his enterprise, the youthful O’Brien claimed he has no pending acquisitions.