Baker mentioned he purchased out his father, the overdue Bob Baker, over 10 years, excluding a couple of shops his father had offered one after the other.
Bob Baker, who died in 2021 simply shy of his ninetieth birthday, purchased his first dealership in 1965 in Indiana. He moved to California and constructed up his crew, ultimately proudly owning greater than 20 franchised dealerships.
Chris Baker mentioned he knew AutoNation would convey the steadiness he sought after for his corporate and staff, maximum of whom stayed on with AutoNation. As a result of he rentals the attribute the dealerships take a seat on, Baker mentioned he sought after a significance tenant, and knew AutoNation presented that, too.
AutoNation bought 4 Colorado shops in December. In July and August, it divested 3 dealerships, together with an Audi gather it offered to Sonic Automobile Inc.
AutoNation, of Citadel Lauderdale, Fla., ranks Incorrect. 2 on Automobile Information’ checklist of the supremacy 150 dealership teams based totally within the U.S., with retail gross sales of 229,971 pristine cars in 2022.