Automotive

With more than 100 dealership buy-sell transactions to our credit, Coblentz truly understands the automotive industry.

Our experience has given us insight into the entrepreneurism of the industry and to the particular issues and practices that are unique to the field, including the often difficult relationships our clients must navigate with their factories. 

Besides the buying and selling of auto dealerships, we offer expert counsel on a variety of other matters, including real estate transactions, executive compensation and incentive agreements, succession planning, employment issues, and financing. For decades, we have served as outside general counsel to dealerships needing broad-based support.

Case Studies

Courtesy Motors Auto Centers, Inc....

Coblentz represented Courtesy Motors Auto Centers, Inc. in connection with the sale of its assets and business. Courtesy, based in Chico, California, sells BMW, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Subaru and Volvo vehicles. The financial terms are not being publicly disclosed..

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Carlsen Volvo...

Coblentz represented Tom Price and Adam Simms, well known auto dealers, in their acquisition of Carlsen Volvo in Palo Alto, CA. We advised the buying entity, Price – Simms LLC, on the asset purchase including the related real estate work which involved third...

Mercedes Benz of Medford...

Ronnie Lott has been involved in the automobile business since retiring from the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. When Lott decided to sell one of his dealerships, he chose Coblentz for representation based on our strong reputation in the industry: we have served as outside...

SSF Imported Auto Parts, Inc....

Coblentz represented SSF Imported Auto Parts, Inc. in its acquisition by Wessels+Müller AG (W+M). SSF Imported Auto Parts, headquartered in South San Francisco, distributes high quality European replacement parts, expertise and service for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz,...

Sale of large dealership groups to...

As part of its broad car dealer practice, Paul Escobosa and other Coblentz lawyers have represented large “mega-dealers” selling 10 or more dealerships to a publicly traded dealership group in a single transaction. These types of transactions raise complex...