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West Herr Automotive Group ranked No. 25 in the country based on its sales of new retail vehicles in 2018, according to Automotive News. Orchard Park-based West Herr sold 29,272 new retail vehicles last year, an average of nearly 563 a week across 22 dealerships, according to the publication's statistics. But its total was down 5.3 percent from 2017, causing its ranking…

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Copart, an online auto auction business, has bought a former auto auction property in the Town of Evans for $3 million. Copart purchased the former home of Buffalo Auto Auctions at 8418 Southwestern Blvd., according to county property records. Brothers Roy and Carl Emerling sold the property, which is just west of the Thruway. Copart says it specializes in salvage ve…

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Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson is scheduled to make an appearance at the Buffalo Auto Show. Larsson will be at the show 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual show runs from Feb. 7 to 10 and is organized by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association. On Feb. 10, Sabres broadcasters Rick Jeanneret, Rob Ray, Marti…

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The region's lone Jaguar dealership has changed hands. Northtown Automotive has bought Jaguar Buffalo from West Herr Automotive Group. Terms were not disclosed. Jaguar Buffalo is located on Campbell Boulevard, just off Millersport Highway in Amherst. Northtown will move the Jaguar operations to its Porsche, Land Rover and Volvo complex at 8135 Main St. in Clarence, w…

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The nation's top seller of used vehicles has opened its Amherst store, with a local native returning home to run it. CarMax began selling vehicles Thursday at its location on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of the Youngmann Expressway. The Richmond, Va.-based company operates more than 200 stores across the country, but this is only its third store in New York State…

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General Motors' plants in the Town of Tonawanda and Lockport aren't targeted for shutdown, unlike five other GM facilities in North America. But the headcount at the two GM plants in the Buffalo Niagara region will likely drop, as GM slashes its North American salaried workforce. GM on Monday revealed plans to end production at assembly plants in Lordstown, Ohio; Det…

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General Motors'  Town of Tonawanda and Lockport plants weren't on the list of plants that the automaker revealed on Monday are poised for shutdown. The Tonawanda plant makes engines and the Lockport plant makes a variety of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products for vehicles. Nearly two years ago, GM announced it would pour $296 million into the Tonawanda…

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If you haven't heard of the Genesis luxury car brand, Northtown Automotive would like to change that. Northtown has opened the first Genesis dealership in New York State, and just started selling the vehicles last week, through Genesis of Amherst. Genesis is a luxury brand established by Hyundai. For now, Northtown will sell Genesis vehicles at its Hyundai showroom o…

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If you buy a new Honda Accord or Toyota Camry in the Buffalo area, chances are you will own it for quite a while: an average of 7.3 years. Those two vehicles came out on top in an analysis of which new vehicles in the region were kept the longest conducted by iSeeCars, an automotive research site and search engine. The site studied 6 million vehicles sold by their origi…

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Area nonprofits have until Oct. 1 to apply to be considered for a free van, through the Ford Friendship Express program. Applications for the program, presented by the Ford Dealers of Western New York, are available at wnyford.com, under the tab for "local events." Since its inception in 1996, the program has donated 77 new vehicles.

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Would you pay $1 million for two Dodge cars? If you're Clarence businessman and avid car collector Dan Snyder, the answer is yes. Snyder was the winning bidder for a 2017 Dodge Viper and a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at a charity auction held Saturday in Connecticut. What made the vehicles special? They were the last vehicles off their respective production lines…

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CarMax plans to open a used-car superstore in Amherst late this year or early next year. A schedule of the Virginia-based chain's openings says the Amherst store will debut sometime between December and the end of February 2019. CarMax's plans for opening a store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, surfaced about thre…

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West Herr Automotive Group's ranking among the nation's largest automotive dealers groups stayed in neutral last year. West Herr was No. 22, the same as the previous year, on Automotive News' list of the top 150 dealer groups. The dealer groups were ranked based on how many new retail vehicles they sold in 2017. West Herr's total was 30,900, up about 5 percent from a…

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One of the biggest auto dealer groups in the country wants to make inroads in the Buffalo Niagara region. Lithia Motors recently bought Ray Laks Honda in Orchard Park and Ray Laks Acura in Amherst. As an Oregon-based company, Lithia is going up against entrenched, locally based auto dealer groups. Time will tell if Lithia establishes more than just a foothold in the …

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ACV Auctions, a Buffalo online auto auction business, has secured $31 million in funding that the company says will help it expand to the West Coast by year's end. ACV, which won the $1 million top prize in the 2015 edition of 43North, secured the funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Tribeca Ventures, Softbank NY and Armory Square Ventures. Since ACV was launched in …