DAVE CANTIN GROUP
Your legacy is our business.
We are More than Dealership Brokers
DCG is a full-service M&A firm in every sense of the term. From founder Dave Cantin and his 20 years of auto industry experience to the rest of the team, who boast wide-ranging knowledge in every aspect of acquisition and growth, DCG has an impeccable reputation and a long track record of proven results. We are more than just automotive dealership brokers, we leverage deep expertise, industry-wide relationships, and extensive resources to facilitate efficient and profitable sales. But being full-service means going beyond the sale. It means DCG will walk with you every step of the way, assist you in acquiring capital, building succession plans, and propelling you toward a secure, lasting legacy. Because your legacy is our business.
In automotive acquisitions, personal experience is key, and the DCG team has plenty of it. With 10 to 30+ years of experience each, this team is equipped with the practical wisdom and technical know-how vital to fostering successful acquisitions. And it doesn’t stop there—we have the encyclopedic industry knowledge to follow up on each automotive dealership sale with a consulting and capital team that serve to grow your business.
Calling the DCG team well-connected is an understatement. We have close relationships in areas crucial to dealership acquisition success. OEMs, automotive attorneys, accountants, traditional banks, private equity firms, and investment funds – we loop them all in to ensure your deal’s efficiency, work with you to secure floor plan financing, and long-term financial success.
In 2017, Dave Cantin used his 20+ years of industry experience to negotiate the sale of Prime Motor Group, the second-largest auto buy/sell in U.S. history. This transaction utilized private equity funds and received 100% manufacturer approval within six months.
With this monumental deal under his belt, Dave leads DCG’s team of acquisition and growth specialists in both multi-dealership transactions and standalone dealership sales. Whether you want to buy or sell, secure financing or increase revenue through internal development, Dave and our team have the experience to get it done. We tailor our services to each buyer or seller’s unique goals and circumstances, using unrivaled industry expertise to offer a wider scope of auto dealership consulting, capital, and acquisition services than you’ll find anywhere else.
Dave Cantin’s inside industry perspective puts DCG ahead of the pack. As a former dealership owner and operator, he grew and successfully ran the largest single point car dealership in the world in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Through his ownership experience, he’s gathered first-hand knowledge of what it takes to effectively increase auto dealership valuation and facilitate complex sales from both sides. He’s an industry pioneer, passionate about automotive acquisitions and innovative sales opportunities. He brings this knowledge to your business, working not just to negotiate deals, but to catalyze sustained success.
Facilitating automobile business sales is nothing new for the DCG team. Collectively, we’ve seen over $11.5 billion change hands in dealer acquisitions. Dave Cantin leads the way, having collaborated with strategic and private equity investors to close over $2 billion in transactions. With DCG, you can be sure that you’re in capable hands. Very few of our deals fall through because we leverage our extensive experience to support you in every step of the process – legal, finance, manufacturer applications, operations, you name it. In doing so, we establish a solid foundation on which to build your legacy.
Existing relationships with over 30 direct investors allow us to match you with lenders or capital providers who will ensure your deal’s financial success. Whether you need a real estate mortgage, floor plan financing, or anything else, we have the right connection for you.
The DCG Team has personally closed over $11.5 billion in transactions in collaboration with strategic and private equity investors.
Every member of our nationwide team brings 10-30+ years of acquisition and auto dealership consulting experience to the table, with invaluable relationships gained along the way.
Dave Cantin and Brian Brown were consummate professionals throughout the entire process. This was our first buy/sell and initially we were looking to add a small store. When it was all said and done, not only did DCG successfully help us execute that goal, but we ended up selling our big store. The team came to the table with an offer we just couldn't refuse. There were a lot of moving parts in both transactions and at some points the deals seemed like they were going to fall apart. I can say with the upmost confidence that without DCG at the helm, neither deal would have been executed. We are now a couple of months post closing and they are still there to help with a few issues that have arisen. These were the largest transactions our family ever took part in and we couldn't be happier that we chose DCG as partners in the transactions.
As the founder and former CEO of American Auction Group (now known as XLerate Group) I have known George Pero for over seven years. In 2012 my company had the pleasure of acquiring all of George’s auctions (Auctions in Motion). The addition of George’s auctions certainly increased my company’s national footprint but equally as important this acquisition enabled us to bring one of our industry’s most creative and successful serial entrepreneurs on to our senior management team.George Pero’s business successes were, and continue to be, a direct result of his visionary approach and passionate dedication to developing and executing new methodologies in an industry that hasn’t always embraced change. That combined with his fine tuned leadership, problem solving and decision making skills positioned George to excel in the area of mergers and acquisitions on our behalf. I miss working with George Pero for he has always brought an air of inspiring excitement and energy to everything he does.