Berkshire Hathaway Automotive is the fifth largest dealership group in the United States. It operates nationwide and sells various brands including Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, Kia, VW, Subaru, and more. The company is known for offering its customers the fullest experience and the most knowledgeable staff ready to provide accurate information and empower customers to make the best decisions when it comes to vehicles.
Berkshire’s automotive empire consists of more than 80 independently owned dealerships with more than 100 franchises which sell around $9 billion worth of vehicles every year. Its used and new automotive lots can be found in 10 states including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas.
In addition to selling vehicles, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive offers a range of services including extended warranty services, automotive protection plans, auto auctions, collision center resources, and automotive repair services to name a few.
Berkshire Hathaway Automotive was originally known as the Van Tuyl Group before its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway. The dealership was owned by the Van Tuyl family and was started when Cecil Van Tuyl formed his first used car dealership in 1952. By 1955, he expanded to selling new cars. Five years later, he purchased two additional dealerships and the Van Tuyl Group, the largest privately held automotive dealership group in the United States, was formed.
The Van Tuyl Group expanded over the years, adding multiple additional services and assets including the Old United Casualty-MPP in 1979 which provides customers with vehicle service contracts. Other assets include investing in SmartNote and Zak Products in 2002 and Century Interactive in 2005.
In the next few decades, the company became known as one of the best dealerships in the nation and was labeled as the No.1 Nissan dealer in the nation in 1984 and the No. 1 Chevrolet dealership in the nation in 1994. By 2012, 30 of the top 100 internet dealerships in the nation were owned by the Van Tuyl Group, and the corporation operated in 10 states nationwide.
In 2015, Berkshire Hathaway acquired the Van Tuyl Group and renamed the company Berkshire Hathaway Automotive. Larry Van Tuyl, Cecil’s son, was named Chairman of the Board of the company. The company has continued to grow under Berkshire Hathaway.