What is the nation's largest retail Ford dealership? Lately, it varies by month.
Galpin Ford, of North Hills, Calif., near Los Angeles, has held the title for 19 straight years. But with the recession hitting California particularly hard, Galpin's lead narrowed significantly in 2008. It finished the year with retail sales of 4,497 vehicles, owner Bert Boeckmann told Automotive News, just 402 units ahead of the No. 2 dealership.
That No. 2? Woodhouse Ford — the behemoth retailer in tiny Blair, Neb., and Ford's top seller of F-series pickups for several years running. Known for its Truck Mountain, a terraced landscape of F-series pickups surrounding the dealership, Woodhouse even topped Galpin for the final quarter of 2008.
Galpin regained the top spot in January, then slipped to third in February, behind Bill Brown Ford in suburban Detroit and Woodhouse.
But Galpin is not conceding. Says Boeckmann: "We're going to be battling every month."