Auto Service/Repair

Mike's Carwash splitting into two companies

August 7, 2014
Scott Olson
The central Indiana locations of Mike's will undergo a name change as part of the reorganization and will be called Crew Carwash effective Oct. 5. Other locations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will retain the Mike's name.
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Suzuki files bankruptcy, leaving U.S. market

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The decision will affect two dealerships in the Indianapolis area: Bob Rohrman's Indy Suzuki and Used Car Superstore and the Ray Skillman Westside Auto Mall, both of which sell new Suzuki vehicles.
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Capitol City Ford owner acquires assets of Burd Ford

July 11, 2012
Bob Thomas Dealerships said it plans to operate multiple auto-related businesses at the Burd facility at 10320 Pendleton Pike, including a used-car dealership called Sharp Cars.
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Cousin wins minor damages in Mike's Carwash lawsuit

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
A Hamilton County judge has ruled that a former co-owner of Mike’s Carwash Inc. receive just $140,000 in damages in a civil case that sought close to $30 million.
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Signature Inns founder plans auto-care franchises

May 17, 2012
Scott Olson
Honest-1 Auto Care hopes to open as many as 20 shops in Indiana over five to seven years and has tapped the founder of the Signature Inns chain to help lead the effort.
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Andy Mohr target of Volvo Trucks lawsuit

April 11, 2012
Scott Olson
A division of the Swedish automaker claims in a federal suit that local car dealer Andy Mohr failed to deliver on several promises after securing a five-year contract to sell Volvo trucks. An attorney for Mohr counters that Volvo is at fault and said Mohr plans his own lawsuit.
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Former Mike's Carwash partner seeking $30M

April 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Jerry Dahm is asking a Hamilton Superior Court judge to force the two owners of the company to buy his stake in its real estate arm for more than $26.2 million, on top of another $3.3 million he wants from his share in the car wash chain. The two owners already have agreed to pay him $17.1 million.
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Mike’s Carwash trial awaits closing arguments

March 22, 2012
Lawyers on Wednesday finished presenting evidence to determine the true value of Mike’s Carwash Inc. and how much a former co-owner should have been paid for his share in the company.
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Mike's Carwash ownership trial gets under way

March 12, 2012
Scott Olson
The private company and principals Bill and Mike Dahm are defendants in the lawsuit brought by Jerry Dahm, a cousin who once owned 35 percent of the company and claims he was forced to sell his shares at a discounted rate.
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Mike's unveils new design for new carwashes

July 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two new carwash facilities in Anderson and West Lafayette will bring the Indianapolis-based chain to 39 stores.
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Lucas Oil lube shop 'on hold'

June 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Company announced plans in May 2009 for a $2 million lube shop and car wash in Avon. But more than a year later, work hasn't started.
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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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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 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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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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Legislation to protect car dealers re-emerges at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Dozens of Chrysler and General Motors dealers in Indiana were terminated last year. Now, a dealer trade group wants to block automakers from preying on termination fears to wrest concessions from surviving dealers.
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Lucas Oil, partner invest $2M to build Hendricks lube shop

May 25, 2009
Forrest Lucas is following through on plans to take his namesake brand of oil and fuel additives to the mass market.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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