Expect dealership buy-sell activity to taper off this year, a report says. Or not, says another.
Buyers are still paying high prices for certain brands and sellers are still coming to market, but buy-sell activity is slowing after three years of growth, said the Haig Report for the first quarter from Haig Partners, a dealership buy-sell advisory firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"The buy-sell market remains robust, although it may begin to level off in 2015 from the rapid growth of the past few years," Alan Haig, president of Haig Partners, wrote.
In contrast, the Blue Sky Report from buy-sell advisory firm Kerrigan Advisors in Irvine, Calif., indicated continued buy-sell growth this year, with a caveat.
"It is continuing to grow and will likely increase significantly, if more large groups come to market," Erin Kerrigan, managing director of Kerrigan Advisors, wrote in email to Automotive News.