Firelands Auto Group Acquires Toyota, Volkswagen Dealerships in Wooster, OH

Firelands' portfolio now includes seven dealerships and two collision centers in Northern Ohio.

Firelands Toyota of Wooster.

Toyota of Wooster and Volkswagen of Wooster were sold to Firelands Auto Group, which has changed the dealerships' names to Firelands Toyota of Wooster and Firelands Volkswagen of Wooster, respectively.

Included in the sale of the two dealerships is an off-site body shop, which will undergo renovations to add more service stalls and lifts. The three separate buildings include more than 26,000 square feet of facility space on 3 acres of land.

With the sale, the dealerships become the sixth and seventh in the Firelands Auto Group portfolio, which includes five more dealerships and a collision center within 35 minutes of Sandusky, OH. The new dealerships are about 1.5 hours outside of Sandusky.

The sale was announced by Tim Lamb, president of the Tim Lamb Group, who brokered the sale of the two dealerships to Patrick O’Brien of Firelands Auto Group.

In 2011, Lamb facilitated the original sale of both dealerships to Dave Hill, who still owns a used vehicle dealership in Wadsworth, OH. The sale to O’Brien and Firelands was closed April 30.

Lamb also brokered the deal when Firelands Auto Group bought Firelands Toyota of Sandusky and Firelands Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in 2020, and most recently, Firelands Honda of Sandusky in 2023.

When O’Brien purchased his first Firelands Auto Group store in Norwalk, OH, in 2017, he hoped to grow a larger footprint of brands with multiple stores throughout Northern Ohio. Firelands Auto Group's now seven dealerships offer customers a broad selection of new and used vehicles.

“We have worked with Tim Lamb on multiple transactions, and we not only consider him a trusted advisor, but an expert in his field,” said O’Brien.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Patrick to help him expand the Firelands platform and locate opportunities that fit his growth plans,” said Lamb. “Having worked with each of these gentlemen previously allowed me to understand their wishes and in turn make the process that much smoother for both parties.”

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