Serra Automotive purchases Buff Whelan, nation’s greatest-volume Chevy dealership

Grand Blanc-based mostly Serra Automotive Inc., just one of the largest non-public dealership groups in the U.S., has bought Sterling Heights-primarily based Buff Whelan Chevrolet, the greatest-volume Chevy store in the nation.

Serra bought Buff Whelan in a transaction that shut Monday. Phrases were not disclosed. The retail store has been rebranded Serra Whelan Chevrolet.

“Serra Whelan Chevrolet will grow to be our eighth Chevrolet level,” Serra Automotive President Joe Serra reported in an e mail to workforce about the acquisition. “From an organizational standpoint, I am thrilled about this new acquisition as the Chevrolet brand is magnificent and being positioned in Metro Detroit helps make it even improved.”

Buff Whelan rated No. 1 in retail new-car gross sales in the state in 2020, Typical Motors confirmed. The dealership, named after founder Robert “Buff” Whelan, who introduced it in 1970, said on its web site that it has held the national Chevrolet revenue crown since 2017 and has led Michigan Chevy income because 2001.

The shop was owned by Kerry Whelan, Buff Whelan’s daughter, who took more than soon after his loss of life in 2004.

The Serra group has been increasing. Very last 12 months, Serra ordered Honda and Mazda dealerships in Brighton, Mich., and Buick-GMC and Subaru outlets in Savoy, Unwell.

Serra, of Fenton, Mich., ranks No. 22 on Automotive Information‘ checklist of the top rated 150 dealership teams based in the U.S., with retail income of 32,070 new autos in 2019.