Amy Wilson

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Recent articles
Buffett says Berkshire's job is to perform, grow in auto retail
11:16 am U.S. ET | March 2
With Berkshire Hathaway's purchase of the Van Tuyl Automotive dealership group materially complete, Warren Buffett already is looking toward how to expand his companyR ...


High-rise parts bins ease space crunch
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Electronic parts storage machines that allow small parts to be stacked vertically and retrieved automatically at the touch of a button or scan of a bar code are gaining a ...


Porsche dealers eager to upgrade
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
About 150 of the 189 U.S. Porsche dealerships are renovating or expanding as the brand's sales have soared. ...


Porsche may close a few U.S. dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
A handful of U.S. markets still have too many Porsche dealerships, Porsche Cars North America COO Joe Lawrence said, and the company may use its right of first refusal to ...


Car dealer wannabes must pay the price
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Last month medical industry entrepreneur Taseer Badar became a dealer the way most do these days: by forking out huge sums, in this case to Gerald Hollingsworth for his M ...


AutoNation promotes 2 executives
2:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9
AutoNation is expanding roles for two executives and increasing the number of executives who report directly to CEO Mike Jackson. ...


Public dealerships keep buying despite rising prices for stores
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Despite an influx of outside investors in auto retailing, leaders of several public dealership groups said they're still scouting for deals without worry that pricing on ...


AutoNation Q4 profit boosted by gains across board
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories pushed AutoNation Inc. to 12 percent gains in revenue and operating income in the fourth quarter ...


For Q auto, expansion to follow profit
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Asbury Automotive Inc. has put opening more Q auto used-vehicle stores on hold this year while it works to turn a profit at its three existing stores. ...


Asbury's Q4 net income falls on financing charge; operating income up 15%
11:17 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4
Despite higher revenue and operating profit, Asbury Automotive Group's net income dropped by more than half in the fourth quarter because of a loss on the extinguishment ...


AutoNation's Q4 profits rise on strong gains in all segments
7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/3/15 12:59 pm ET - adds detail
AutoNation's fourth-quarter net income rose 7 percent to $117 million, powered by strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories. ...


What dealers can do in good times to prepare for the bad
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 | UPDATED: 2/3/15 9:04 pm ET - corrected
Amid forecasts of a sixth year of rising U.S. auto sales, dealers at the NADA convention said they were keenly aware of this industry's cycles. ...


Moguls, superrich families and private-equity titans prowl for dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
First Warren Buffett. Then George Soros. Who's next? Outside investors are shopping for auto retailers in greater numbers - and with larger checkbooks - than the industry ...


One of the new breed -- from 0 to 24 stores in 1 year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
A year ago, Rick Ford was COO of another dealer's group. Today, with the backing of private equity investors, he's leading a new 13-store dealership group poised to nearl ...


A deal-killer: Automakers' right of first refusal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Expect automakers to exercise their right of first refusal on dealership buy-sell deals more often. ...


U.S. Porsche execs eager to get more Macans to dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Porsche is working to get more Macan midsize crossovers to U.S. dealers in 2015. Wait times for Macan buyers have been six months or more since it went on sale last May. ...


Focus on customer service feeds big-dealership model
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Big dealerships are here to stay. That was the assessment of retailers talking about the dealership of the future at the Automotive News Retail Forum. ...


AutoNation's digital storefront grows
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
AutoNation Inc. will spread its AutoNation Express approach to online car purchasing to the rest of Florida in the next three months, CEO Mike Jackson said. ...


Porsche works to deliver more Macans to U.S. dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Porsche is working to increase supplies of the new Macan midsize crossover to US dealers in 2015. Wait times for Macan buyers have been six months or more since it went o ...


As the new year begins, Sonic goes shopping
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to buy more dealerships in 2015 than the four it bought last year. ...


How to get a deal done
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25
One of the reasons it might be a great time to sell your dealership? Some of the private equity groups scouting auto retail are so eager to put their investors' money to ...


Phony deals cost dealers reputation, vehicles and lenders
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
For employees in a dealership's finance and insurance office, spotting a potentially fraudulent deal is top priority. ...


Second-chance store lets staff shine
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
At AutoNation's Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoN ...


Finance managers found on showroom floor
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
After working as a sales representative for almost two years at Atlantic Hyundai in West Islip, N.Y., Russell Williamson was ready for more responsibility and the chance ...


Riding Macan's strength, a 50,000 year is within sight
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
After five straight years of sales increases, dealers are looking for Porsche's U.S. leadership to remain careful about new goals. ...


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