Toyota, Nissan, Kia and Chevy dealerships acquired in four states


A family transaction represented the close of a single career and the expansion of an additional when Patrick O’Brien on April 6 purchased Pat O’Brien Chevrolet in Vermilion, Ohio, from his father, Pat O’Brien.

Patrick O’Brien renamed the dealership Firelands Chevrolet Vermilion. His father, Pat O’Brien, had owned the dealership since 2010 and is retiring at age 71, his son stated.

The acquisition adds a fourth dealership to Firelands Automobile Team, founded in 2017 by Patrick O’Brien. The group also involves Firelands Chevrolet-Buick in Norwalk, Ohio, Firelands Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sandusky, Ohio, and Firelands Toyota, also in Sandusky.

Vermilion is about 40 miles west of Cleveland and is east of Sandusky.

Patrick O’Brien, proprietor and dealer principal of the Firelands Chevy retailer, instructed Automotive Information that he’s ready to check out all 4 dealerships just about each and every working day considering the fact that they’re in the exact same market place and positioned about 20 miles from every other.

Apart from including positions, O’Brien reported he saved the exact same employees and failed to anticipate any significant changes for the dealership.

“He did a genuinely good occupation,” O’Brien mentioned of his father.

Patrick O’Brien reported his dad had an “amazing vocation” that started out in 1970 when he started offering vehicles for Ed Mullinax, serving to to improve that company and was a aspect operator. The Mullinax dealership group in the long run was bought in 1996 to Republic Industries Inc., which afterwards became AutoNation Inc.

“I began working at Mullinax Ford [in Wickliffe, Ohio] in high faculty, washing autos and stuff,” Patrick O’Brien reported, introducing that his father had retired for about a 10 years right after the AutoNation sale.

When Pat O’Brien returned to vehicle retail in 2005 at age 55, his son came to get the job done for him and his father grew his small business to five dealerships he marketed a person other dealership (the Chevrolet-Buick shop) to his son in 2017.

Now, Patrick O’Brien appears to be ahead to carrying on the spouse and children custom. And while he hopes to hold growing his enterprise, the more youthful O’Brien said he has no pending acquisitions.

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