“It a good thing we were acquired by AutoNation,” said Reed, who began working at Allen Samuels in 1997 as a parts director at the company and holds that same position with AutoNation CDJR North Richland Hills and AutoNation Hyundai North Richland Hills. “There’s a huge team out there that helps us work closely with our other AutoNation dealerships as far as growing our wholesale business. We can reach out to them for resources and so forth.”
Allen Samuels, founded in 1981, grew to include 1,000 employees with locations in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Tyler, Ennis and Waco, Texas. AutoNation acquired its 12 stores and 31 franchises February 1, which included Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter.
Reed said they didn’t lose one employee through the conversion within the parts operation, and customers should notice no major changes. “It’s the same great service. We have the same friendly faces, same sales guys, the same wholesale team and delivery team, with all of the benefits that AutoNation brings as well,” he said. “If anything, there is improvement because we have the backing of a Fortune 500 company.”
Established in 1996, AutoNation is America’s largest automotive retailer and part of the S&P 500 Index. The company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and owns and operates more than 340 new vehicle franchises, representing 35 brands in 15 states.
“AutoNation has sold over 10 million vehicles, the only auto retailer to achieve this milestone,” said Reed. “AutoNation seeks to be the best-run, most profitable automotive retailer in the nation.” The company’s products and services include new and used vehicles, automotive repair services (75 collision repair shops) and automotive finance and insurance products.
Reed said the transition to AutoNation entailed a lot of preparation, organization and a team effort. The entire dealership underwent a complete change, with new computers, printers, phones and systems.
He said some of their goals include working together as a team with the other AutoNation stores to not only grow the business, but to offer a better product to help the collision industry with cycle time.
“We are excited about being part of such an amazing and growing company,” said Reed. “This is such a wonderful opportunity for me and my department to continue to grow and expand with a company that has a strong vision for the future. AutoNation truly cares about our customers and its associates.”