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Friday, 29 June 2018 22:34

Brenner Sells New-Car Dealerships To Focus on Pre-Owned Vehicles in PA

Written by Staff, Central Penn Business Journal


A Cumberland County, PA, auto dealer has sold its two new-car dealerships as it expands its used-car business.

On June 25, the Brenner Family of Dealerships said it sold its Nissan and Chrysler Jeep dealerships to Faulkner Automotive Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

At the same time, Brenner is converting its Nissan dealership at 6271 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, PA, into a second location for its Brenner Pre-Owned brand. The brand also has a location on Paxton Street in Harrisburg.

"We are excited about the opportunity to dedicate more time and resources to the pre-owned vehicle, service and collision repair needs of the Greater Harrisburg community," Michael Brenner, Brenner’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

Brenner also is hoping to open two more locations of its Brenner Car Credit brand in Chambersburg and Bellefonte, according to Scott Friends, Brenner Family of Dealerships COO. The locations, which are expected to open early next year, would join four existing Brenner Car Credit locations in Carlisle, Mifflintown, Selinsgrove and Williamsport. 

"The demand is higher for pre-owned cars," Friends said.

Brenner Pre-Owned lots have between 100 and 150 cars as well as service facilities and collision centers, Friends said.

The Brenner Car Credit locations are smaller operations with 40 to 50 cars. Only one, in Mifflintown, is attached to a service center and body shop. 

Overall, the company employs about 250 people.

The buyer, Faulkner Automotive, operates a Nissan dealership in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, and it has a Dodge Ram Fiat dealership in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, west of the former Brenner Chrysler Jeep dealership.

Faulkner is consolidating Brenner's Chrysler Jeep dealership into its Dodge Ram Fiat location, said Harry Faulkner, vice president of operations for Trevose-based Faulkner Automotive. It operates 28 dealerships in Central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

"In most markets, those brands are consolidated in a single location," Faulkner said.

To house the former Brenner Nissan, Faulkner Automotive plans to build a new dealership on land it owns next to Faulkner Subaru Mechanicsburg in Silver Spring Township, Faulkner said. Construction is expected to begin this summer and wrap up by March 2019. 

Faulkner said his company has hired nearly all Brenner employees that were not retained by Brenner after the transaction.

We thank Central Penn Business Journal for reprint permission.

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