AutoFair was led by CEO Andy Crews, a member of the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association and winner of the 2015 Time Dealer of the Year award. Crews began his automotive career as a technician in 1986, according to his biography on the NADA website.
AutoFair was founded in 1991, according to its LinkedIn page.
“I came to New Hampshire almost 16 years ago to be part of the team of owners that bought AutoFair from the foundation that Dan Prior had created,” Andy Crews said in a statement on the website by media company Manchester Ink Link. “I am proud of what our team has built and of my years at the helm of AutoFair.”
the New Hampshire Union Leader reported that Crews will be leaving AutoFair after a transition period and spend the next 90 days to six months “winding up the investor group company that owns AutoFair.”
Crews told the newspaper that AMSI also bought the naming rights to AutoFair.
An AMSI representative from West Palm Beach, Florida did not respond to a request for comment.
AutoFair ranks # 131 on Automotive Newslist of the top 150 US-based dealer groups, retailing 7,022 new vehicles in 2020.
AutoFair is now the fourth group on Automotive Newslist of the 150 best to acquire this year. Its transaction follows the sale of No. 21 Suburban Collection, the vast majority of No. 18 Prime Automotive Group and No. 42 RFJ Auto Partners Holdings Inc.
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.’s ongoing deal to buy Larry H. Miller dealers, No. 8 on the list, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The purchase of AutoFair is Taylor’s latest known acquisition.
Taylor bought a Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac dealership in Lowell, NC on Gaston Gazette reported last month. In March, Taylor bought a Toyota store in West Roxbury, Mass. From Prime Automotive Group.
The exact ownership of the Taylor concession is not known. In March 2018, Automotive News It was estimated that Taylor owned around 120 US concessions, many of them in the Southeast.
Alan Haig, president of Haig Partners, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida buy-and-sell company, represented AutoFair in the transaction.