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As most of you know I’m a third generation dealer. My grandfather started his first Lincoln Mercury dealership in the Bay Area in 1964. My father took over the dealership later on and added an independent lot and a Jeep Franchise.   I’ve grown up in the business, mostly working for other dealer groups and have attended NADA’s Dealer Candidate Academy in preparation to buy my own store.  As a child when my friends would say they were going to be policemen or firemen when they grew up, I always answered, “I want to be a car dealer when I grow up.” I’ve been passionate about the business long before I understood it.
 
Jared Hamilton of DrivingSales.com with Allan MulallyIts been almost 2 years since I left the day to day dealership world and have focused on building DrivingSales. My objective is simple: give all dealers 24-7 access to proven best practices and industry innovations. Those on the front lines need better information than they currently get, faster than they can currently get it. I’m very passionate about solving this issue for the industry and we are making some great strides in that direction. (But still have a long way to go.) Things at DrivingSales are going GREAT and we have a team committed to keeping it growing and executing on our goals in some amazing ways; but at the same time felt I could accomplish two dreams at once. Given the current market, it’s a GREAT time to buy a store… so that’s what I did. 
 
I’ve now got a new blue oval!
 
I decided to purchase a new Ford dealership. Its in the western united states, but since we have not told the employees yet I cant say which city.  Some of my closer friends have known this is in the works and have really been encouraging me to do it.   It’s a currently a smaller store, sells about 75 cars, 45 new 30 used. Naturally we plan to grow the store through some aggressive online efforts.
 
The store has a standard negotiation process, I’m debating going to a One Price model. I’m a big fan of One Price stores and have quite a few years experience running them. It’s a natural transition for me and I think plays well with the online world, obviously where the market is headed.
 
So, big news at DrivingSales… Id love to hear you thoughts about the first thing you would do if you just bought and are taking over a new Ford store? Any and all advice is appreciated.  (No it wont be called DrivingSales, we are debating "Hamilton Ford or (City)Ford."... thoughts?)
 
I'm VERY stoked!
VJ VJ
Okay now, it is after midnight and April 2nd here on the East Coast. Jared please reveal now that it was indeed a significant prank and stage for your April Fool's Day approach...gangster!
Jared Hamilton
Happy APRIL FOOLS everyone! Paul picked up on it immediately... funny thing is I flew from DC to Oakland tonight (just landed) and I had dozens and dozens of text messages, VM and emails. Everything from people ready to join the team and come to work, congratulatory messages and some vendors asking where they can fax me agreements! VERY cool. It was a super last minute prank. I actually had something else planned but when I was downloading the Pic of Allan Mulally and I from my phone I thought... heh, this is actually could come in handy given its april fools day. :-) So I threw the post together at like 2 am last night at my hotel in DC. Thanks everyone for being good sports, next time we are together Im buying and we will toast to good friends and the power of social media that has brought us together!! Vegas in the fall? (We are creating a KILLER lineup for the next Executive Summit!!) PS: No joke, One day Ill buy a new dealership and we will absolutely kill it! Until then...
Glenn Pasch
Nicely played...and yes...we will take you up on the offer of a nice beverage of choice.....now where is that wine list?????? see you at DD8

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