(Bobit) — Finance and insurance performance boosted profits and took the edge off plateauing new vehicle sales at all six of the nation’s publicly traded dealer groups in Q3, according to reports compiled by Automotive News.
AutoNation continues to set the pace with a Q3 PVR of $1,939, an 8.4% ($150) same-store year-over-year improvement. But Sonic Automotive led the pack with a remarkable 18% ($266) increase, reaching $1,771 in F&I profit per vehicle. Both set new quarterly records.
AutoNation and Sonic Automotive were trailed by Group 1 Automotive (up 3.2% to $1,751), Asbury Automotive Group (up 7.9% to $1,628), Lithia Motors (up 7.3% to $1,471), and Penske Automotive Group (up 4% to $1,262).
In Q3 calls with investors, executives variously warned that increasing used car sales, highline sales, and lease rates could dampen future results.
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