SOURCE: AutoStar Superstores

AutoStar Superstores

March 23, 2011 12:56 ET

AutoStar Superstores Saves 1,000 Jobs for Auto Dealers Kicked Out of Manufacturers Due to Cutbacks and Bankruptcies -- Aims to Save 19,000 More

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - AutoStar Superstores is a national auto dealership network providing experienced auto dealer principals with a ready-made success formula for reestablishing car dealerships and rocketing each AutoStar Superstores dealer to the top of the Profitable List.

AutoStar's program is a full-package Auto Dealer-in-a-box which has a single focus, driven by a heartfelt cause: turn unprofitable Auto dealers who have lost their manufacturer's representative agreements (due to cutbacks), into the most profitable dealerships in each city they are in.

Both AutoStar founders, George Lovato, Jr. and Ken Zangara, suffered the wrath of economic turmoil when Manufacturer cutbacks started. Ken Zangara was forced to shut down his dealerships in 2009. Their empathy of the pain of other dealers laying-off valuable employees fueled a determination for resolve. 

Thousands of auto workers being victimized by cutbacks in 2009 sparked an interview where Ken Zangara recently stated, "Seeing some of the strongest men and women walking away in hopeless dismay, something needed to be done. The only thing holding these dealers back today is the belief that they can recover." Ken Zangara's and George Lovato, Jr.'s goal, to save 20,000 jobs in 12 months, is considered lofty by some but welcomed by currently signed dealers. Mr. Zangara further stated, "We have signed up 21 dealerships saving about 1,000 jobs. 19,000 more jobs should be saved by signing the additional 330 stores in the 12 months."

In the first year, Ken Zangara drew from his experience and past success laying out his plan to save Auto dealers and jobs. AutoStar is now in their second year (operational for 6 months) and has signed 21 dealerships to the program.

Dave Smith from Dave Smith AutoStar in Pittsburgh, PA recently reopened his store under the AutoStar brand. He stated, "With AutoStar, dealerships are finding ways to survive, thrive and contribute to the community. In our case, life is better than the Detroit manufacturer we represented before bankruptcy." He continued, "AutoStar is similar to the CarMax model, allowing us to make a great profit pricing our inventories far more competitively, which means more customers, which creates more jobs."

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