It’s fair to say that Alan Haig has a great pedigree in both the automotive industry and in finance in general. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, wrote AutoNation’s original business plan in 1996, and went on to found Haig Partners and the Haig Report, currently having $5 billion in total dealership transactions on his record.
On this episode, Alan chats with our host Derek D about how he wrote that AutoNation business plan without even knowing a single car dealer, what initial missteps taught him about economies of scale in the automotive business, and why automotive M&A is a close indicator of the health of retail car sales. Plus, he discusses why some dealer principals may want to sell out prior to retirement age, his early experiences working for the late Wayne Huizenga, and more.
“Our math indicates that we’re going to be in a period of elevated front-end profits on new, and therefore elevated dealership earnings, for at least three years.”
— Alan Haig
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