dealerships

Charleston-based Hudson Auto Group grows to 39 dealerships after buying Summerville Ford

A Charleston-based automobile dealer can now count 39 stores in its growing footprint across the Southeast and Midwest.

Hudson Automotive Group recently bought the franchise for Summerville Ford at 9700 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The previous owner was Mitchell Family Office of Birmingham, Mich., which has exited the car dealership business to concentrate on its health care holdings, according to Haig Partners LLC, an auto broker in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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“We made the decision to sell the Summerville Ford store to allow us to completely focus on the family’s core business opportunities in health care,” said Mark Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Family Office.

Earlier this year, the Michigan firm sold its Toyota of Bristol dealership in Tennessee to Springhill Automotive Group of Mobile, Ala.

Hudson Automotive CEO David Hudson said the Summerville Ford acquisition “aligns well” with his group’s principals of service and

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Automotive Dealerships Need Compelling Digital Buying Journey, According to New Data from OSF Digital | News

This latest report makes a case for automotive dealers to optimize their websites to drive greater sales

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – OSF Digital, a leading provider of digital transformation services to companies worldwide, has released a new report titled: The OSF Digital 2022 U.S Automotive Dealership Ecommerce Benchmark Study. The report reveals that consumers want to complete car research online to get direct visibility into inventory at specific dealerships. It also indicates that consumers want the convenience of requesting a meeting to get a quote or book a test drive, and they want access to marketplaces of related products to help streamline their busy lives. Despite this need, many U.S. automotive dealers are behind and not providing online tactical, tangible, and pragmatic solutions to engage customers. Download and read the full benchmark report here.

“Customers are digital-first, and automotive dealerships need effective digital

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23 Things Car Dealerships Don’t Want You To Know

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Sanja Radin / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Purchasing a new or used vehicle usually involves a lot of time, stress and money. Although people have to face this task an average of about every 11 1/2 years when buying a new car, there are secrets to purchasing a car that can make the process a whole lot faster, easier and cheaper.

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Click through to discover the biggest things you should do and not do when buying a car.

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1. Conduct Research Ahead of Time

Nearly 90% of car buyers use the internet to research autos before making a purchase, according to Autotrader. Sites such as Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader.com and Edmunds are equipped to provide shoppers with information that is crucial to the car-buying process, such as available rebates.

Discover: Best (and Worst)

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‘We have demand and no supply’: Computer chip shortage affecting car dealerships

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — One of the many industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the auto industry.

Finding used cars hasn’t been as hard as trying to buy a new one. It’s been a frustrating year for those who sell new cars, including Bob Tasca III.

“You know when we went into COVID, I said ‘we have supply but no demand,’ now we have demand and no supply,” Tasca said.

Tasca and his family have been in the auto-dealer industry for almost 80 years and said none of them have experienced this in their lives.

Driving by any dealership, locally or globally, there are a lot of empty parking spaces in the lot.

“Normally you see car after car after car and you can see the lines are short but we still have cars though and we have

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