December 6, 2020

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Atlanta’s largest family-owned and operated automotive group adds iconic Ford brand to repertoire of dealerships.

ATLANTA (PRWEB) November 30, 2020

Jim Ellis Automotive Group is proud to announce the purchase of Nalley Ford Sandy Springs and welcomes the local community to shop an expansive inventory of Ford trucks, SUVs and sedans. The dealership is conveniently located just north of Atlanta at 7555 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30350. Renamed Jim Ellis Ford Sandy Springs, the acquisition marks the group’s 19th dealership, 15th brand and first dealership in Sandy Springs.

From the Model T to the F-150, Ford is one of the most revered automotive names in history. Jim Ellis Automotive Group looks forward to living up to the Ford pedigree while exceeding customer expectations.

“We are thrilled about the latest addition to our family of dealerships,” said Stacey Ellis, vice president of Jim Ellis Automotive Group. “We’re even more excited to provide our new and existing customers an enhanced level of customer care for all their vehicle needs. The quality of our cars is important to us, but the excellence of our service is perhaps even more fundamental to our success in the greater Atlanta area.”

Jim Ellis Ford Sandy Springs sits on 6.5 acres where Ford consumers can enjoy a complete lineup of new and certified pre-owned vehicles. The dealership also boasts customer-focused amenities including a state-of-the-art service drive, complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service. Atlanta-area Ford shoppers can also enjoy the convenience and benefits of the Jim Ellis Express Way. The Jim Ellis Express Way is an online platform that allows for customers to complete as much of the process online as they like from the comfort of home and spend less time at the dealership.

The addition of Ford is especially exciting to General Manager Eric Mihelich, who was born and raised in Detroit — the birthplace of the automaker and the assembly line. “Ford has always been a leader in innovation, quality and style and we are thrilled to share our passion that is built Ford tough,” said Mihelich.

For more information about Jim Ellis Ford Sandy Springs and to view their virtual showroom with their latest specials and inventory, please visit http://www.jimellisford.com. If you have any questions about sales or service, call (770) 667-0700.

About Jim Ellis Automotive Group

Jim Ellis Automotive Group has been serving the Atlanta area since 1971, starting with Volkswagen as the flagship brand. The group has expanded to 15 brands and 19 dealerships covering Atlanta, Buford, Kennesaw, Marietta and Sandy Springs. Visit online at http://www.jimellis.com.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MidOcean Partners, a premier middle market private equity firm focused on the business services and consumer sectors, announced today that it has acquired FullSpeed Automotive (“FullSpeed” or the “Company”) from CenterOak Partners. FullSpeed is an industry leading auto aftermarket services platform offering oil changes, tire sales and rotations, brake services, car washes and other ancillary services through multiple brand formats including under the Grease Monkey® and SpeeDee® brands. The Company has a broad geographic footprint of nearly 600 franchised and company owned locations. MidOcean Partners plans to continue the Company’s aggressive growth plan through comprehensive organic initiatives and strategic M&A. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

FullSpeed Automotive was founded in 1978 and has nearly 600 automotive centers across the U.S. as well as internationally. The Company’s brands include: Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee®, American Lubefast®, and Uncle Ed’s Oil Shoppe®. The Company’s Retail Operations division also operates Havoline xpress lube locations. In addition to quick lube oil changes, FullSpeed Automotive provides a variety of other services, such as tire rotations, brake services, suspension repairs, and minor electrical-system repairs.

Daniel Penn, Managing Director at MidOcean, commented, “MidOcean has been evaluating the auto aftermarket services space for a number of years and is thrilled to partner with FullSpeed’s exceptional management team for the Company’s next phase of growth. We believe FullSpeed will continue to experience strong growth from its existing locations with industry leading customer service and robust performance metrics. We also plan to support the Company’s existing aggressive M&A strategy, as well as to drive franchise development in new and existing markets. Our focus in this sector has been in partnership with our MidOcean Executive Board member Marc Graham who brings over 35 years of expertise in this industry, and we are pleased to have Marc involved as Chairman of the Board of the Company going forward.”

Marc Graham joined MidOcean as an Executive Board member in 2020 as a dedicated resource to MidOcean’s efforts in the auto aftermarket sector. Mr. Graham is an accomplished auto aftermarket operating executive with over 35 years of senior management experience in high volume automotive consumer products and services industries. Mr. Graham’s prior experience includes roles as CEO of Take 5 Oil Change, a rapidly growing oil change business under his leadership, and President of Jiffy Lube International. Mr. Graham will be an integral member of the MidOcean-backed FullSpeed team, and will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Company.

“I’m thrilled to partner with the FullSpeed management team and am excited about the opportunities to drive growth alongside MidOcean,” said Mr. Graham. “FullSpeed has best-in-class operations across a number of different brands with a wide variety of service offerings for its customers. We plan to focus on maintaining these industry leading service levels, while also accelerating new units. We are looking forward to executing this strategic plan closely with the FullSpeed team.”

“We are excited to partner with MidOcean to drive outsized growth for

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Motor and home insurer, Budget Direct, has acquired Chasing Cars, an automotive content and video platform.

Founded by Tom Baker in 2013, Chasing Cars also operates a YouTube channel providing independent, long-form reviews and comparisons of new cars available to Australian buyers and delivering over a million views every month. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

Budget Direct’s latest ‘insurance solved’ campaign aligns with the acquisition of Chasing Cars, Auto & General chief marketing and delivery officer, Jonathan Kerr noted. “Chasing Cars is an obvious fit. We are thrilled to bring Chasing Cars into the Budget Direct family, adding ‘car reviews solved’ to our outstanding customer experience,” said Kerr.

“Chasing Cars is such a great platform for us to help our customers find and learn about their next car purchase, while retaining and enhancing the editorial independence of this first-rate car review source.”

Editor and founder of Chasing Cars, Tom Baker, will continue to lead the publication, which will remain independent, while Budget Direct will fund operations. The publication will not need to follow the traditional monetisation model observed in automotive media, where outlets typically advertise for the same models that they are reviewing, or otherwise generate revenue directly from car manufacturers.

“This transparent funding arrangement will make Chasing Cars the most independent automotive media platform in Australia, providing buyers with the confidence that they are not consuming content funded in whole or in part by revenue from car manufacturers,” Baker said.

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Insurance company Budget Direct has acquired Australian automotive content platform Chasing Cars.

The Sydney-based site was founded by Tom Baker in 2013, and has a particular focus on video content. Videos on Chasing Cars YouTube channel, which feature long-form reviews and comparisons of new cars, reached more than one million views per.

“We are thrilled to bring Chasing Cars into the Budget Direct family, adding ‘car reviews solved’ to our outstanding customer experience,” says Jonathan Kerr, Budget Direct CMO and delivery officer at auto & general.

“Chasing Cars is an obvious fit for Budget Direct. It is such a great platform for us to help our customers find and learn about their next car purchase – while retaining and enhancing the editorial independence of this first-rate car review source.”

Baker will continue to lead the Sydney publication as editor and founder, while Budget Direct will fund the operations of Chasing Cars, rather than the publication adopting a monetisation model where outlets advertise for the same model they are reviewing, or generate revenue directly from car manufacturers.

“This transparent funding arrangement will make Chasing Cars the most independent automotive media platform in Australia, providing buyers with the confidence that they are not consuming content funded in whole or in part by revenue from car manufacturers,” Baker says.

“The contribution of Chasing Cars is to offer the highest-quality car reviews that offer truly insightful analysis, going well beyond a test drive or surface-level overview of a particular model.

“When I was approached by the team at Budget Direct, I was struck by their deep understanding of the Chasing Cars business. They presented a clear plan to retain our trademark quality and independence while growing the number of Australians who will be exposed to, and benefit from, Chasing Cars content.”

 

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