Auto Dealers

Indiana legislators OK lifting Sunday cycle sales ban

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their bikes on Sundays under a change in state law that legislators have approved.
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Lockhart Automotive co-owner recovering from losing SaturnRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Ann Finch
Lynn Kimmel, president of Lockhart Automotive Group, is helping her family business recover from losing three Saturn dealerships and a Hummer dealership when General Motors Corp. folded both those lines.
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Black Friday boosts car sales to best rate since ‘Clunkers’

November 30, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. consumers, who set records for retail purchases during Thanksgiving weekend, helped boost U.S. auto sales in November to what is likely to be their fastest pace in more than two years.
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Startup aims to make online car shopping easierRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The horrible experience John Kohlmeyer's mother had trying to shop for a car online inspired him to create DriveVelocity, a company that not only overhauls dealer websites but also packages all their Web-based customer-relationship tools.
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J.D. Byrider sold to private equity firm

May 3, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based used-car chain has been acquired by Altamont Capital Partners near San Francisco, in a deal Byrider executives say will give the franchisor the necessary capital to grow.
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Dreyer & Reinbold expanding racing operations

February 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Carmel-based team is building a 12,000-square-foot addition at its headquarters that will house a state-of-the-art machine shop outfitted with high-tech milling machines manufactured by Indianapolis-based Hurco Cos.
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Indiana lawmaker pushes Sunday sales of alcohol, cars

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana shoppers would be able to buy a six-pack of beer or a new car on Sundays if state Sen. Phil Boots is successful in rolling back two of the few remaining blue laws still in effect in Indiana.
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Tight supply of used vehicles drives up valuesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Used-car prices are on the rise. Last month, the average used-car transaction was for $19,345 vs. $16,586 a year earlier, according to Edmunds.com. Last year, used-vehicle prices generally were 10 percent to 15 percent higher than in 2009.
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Longtime local Cadillac dealer loses fight to sell car

December 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Tutwiler Cadillac, which has sold Cadillacs in the Indianapolis area for almost five decades, has lost its franchise despite a long battle with General Motors.
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Fiat dealerships rolling back to metro area

November 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
After a three-decade absence from the market, Fiat is coming back to the Indianapolis area with new dealerships in Carmel and Greenwood.
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Longtime car retailer closes on west side

October 5, 2010
National Car Sales, for years known for its commercials featuring basketball coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard, closed last week after more than 20 years in the market.
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Ex-manager accuses Butler Kia of keeping violent employeeRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A former sales manager at Butler Kia alleges a co-worker pulled a gun on employees—yet was kept on the job for several months afterward.
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Ford dealer celebrates 50-year milestoneRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Chris O'Malley
This month, Pearson Ford, 10650 N. Michigan Road, is celebrating a rare thing among car dealers: its 50th birthday.
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New-car dealers hit hard in 2009Restricted Content

August 7, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana lost 49 new-car dealers last year, the biggest thinning of the herd in at least a decade, according to data released last month by the National Automobile Dealers Association.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Burd Ford flies after tragedy

July 29, 2010
Mason King
Burd_WatchVideoRichard Burd's suicide led to shrewd cost-cutting at the family auto dealership. For Christine Burd, returning to profitability is both heartening and heartbreaking.
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Widowed car dealer Christine Burd becomes mental health advocate

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Burd, who is president of Burd Ford, a mother of four, and a fixture on television commercials for the dealership, has become an advocate for mental health following her husband's suicide.
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Gavel flies on muscle car auction

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
"My Name is Earl" and "Charlie's Angels" cars are among the more peculiar offerings at the 1,750-vehicle Mecum Auction Co. collector car sale that runs through Sunday at Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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All Things Automotive aims for national reach, 20 stores by year-endRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Chris O'Malley
GM's axing of its Saturn brand may fuel the nationwide emergence of an Indianapolis-based used-car franchisor. The first All Things Automotive franchise will open this month in Fishers, at the former Saturn store owned by Lockhart Automotive Group.
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With five new acquisitions, Skillman builds car-lot dynastyRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Ray Skillman bought five car lots in the last 12 months from other dealers who have struggled during the recession. Skillman now ranks among the five largest dealers in the area, and his chain is poised for even more growth.
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Fishers approves $19M auto mall development

April 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The town has agreed to create a tax-increment financing district to help fund infrastructure improvements for Butler Automotive Group's proposed development.
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Fishers Town Council delays vote on $19M auto mall

March 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
If the council gives its blessing, construction could begin this spring on Butler Automotive Group's five-dealership development along State Road 37. About 230 jobs could be created.
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Fishers Town Council set to review auto mall plans

March 25, 2010
Butler Automotive Group is proposing a $19 million development along Indiana 37 that could include five auto dealerships and create about 230 jobs.
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Former Saturn franchise in Fishers enters new orbit

March 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An All Things Automotive franchise is replacing Saturn of Fishers. The concept, aimed particularly at displaced Saturn dealers, involves used-car sales and service bays stocked by Carquest.
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Prominent local car dealer Tom Wood dies

February 4, 2010
Indianapolis car dealer Tom Wood died Thursday morning after battling lung cancer. Wood grew his business from a single dealership he purchased in 1967.
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Pioneering automobile dealer Lockhart dies

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Freda Lockhart was the first woman to open dealerships for Cadillac and Saturn automobiles.
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