Success Stories

Feldmann Imports: Acquiring the Family Dealership

Providing peace of mind every step of the way.

Feldmann Imports
Julie Feldmann, Owner
"Life takes us on journeys and sets challenges that we may not be equipped to take without help and advice. I am confident that the Wipfli team will be with my family as we continue to grow and improve."
 

auto dealership

Situation

A recently widowed wife of a prominent car dealer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area approached the Wipfli team on her desire to keep a Mercedes Benz/Nissan dealership in the family.

Strategy

Wipfli assured the client that they would assist her in every step of the process. Over a one-year period, Wipfli worked with her to accomplish the following:

  • Negotiate a stock redemption to buy out a 50% partner
  • Assist in arranging the financing of the transaction
  • Assist in obtaining the client factory approval to retain the franchise
  • Recommend and hire a new general manager to aid in succession for members of the family
  • Became part of management team to monitor dealership performance
  • Utilized Top Seven™ statistics to improve operations
  • Wipfli is currently assisting in expansion opportunities.

Benefits

The Wipfli auto dealership team of experts was able to assist the client in all stages of the acquisition of the family dealership. Wipfli continues to assist the dealership on improving operations, performance, and growth through their Top Seven report as well as their other auto dealership comprehensive services.