My dealership is local.
Jennifer knows the people who work at her local dealership-and that is very common in today's market. About 8,000 dealership companies own the 18,000 franchised new-car dealerships across the country. About 4,000 of those companies own only one store, and about 6,000 own only one or two stores. What's more, roughly 80 percent of these stores are local family businesses that have been around for generations-many even dating back to the early 1900s!
Local businesses like these are rooted in their communities. Large chain stores may move in and move out, but local dealerships dig down deep, providing more than a million good-paying jobs in sales, service and management, with real opportunities for advancement.