Industry Veteran Jim Huard Exits Latest Venture, Painters Collision Centers

PHOENIX, February 12, 2024 – Last month, prolific industry veteran Jim Huard sold his latest successful venture, Painters Collision Centers, to Classic Collision. This exit caps off over four decades of entrepreneurial accomplishments for Jim, who has led the start-up, growth, and sale of several high-performing collision repair businesses across the US. Painters was represented … Read more

Growth Never Rests – 2023 Year in Review

Consolidators, Accelerators and Independent MSOs remain undaunted in their pursuit of growth. In a year that saw interest rates more than double, shops rates and repair costs surge more than 10% and the technician shortages continue to bedevil everyone in the industry, the Big Five, the seven private-equity backed Accelerators and dozens of independent MSOs … Read more

Focus Advisors Reports that Classic Collision is now the second-largest collision repair provider in the Denver market

DENVER, December 12, 2023: Focus Advisors, a national mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, who represented Colorado Auto Body in its sale last week and most of Classic Collision’s Denver-area acquisitions, is reporting that Classic Collision in just the last year has vaulted from being the fifth-largest provider to the second-largest by locations in the Denver … Read more

Focus Advisors represents Colorado Auto Body in the sale of their five-shop Denver MSO to Classic Collision

DENVER, December 13, 2023 – Focus Advisors, the leading M&A firm specializing in collision repair, is proud to announce the sale of Colorado Auto Body to Classic Collision. The transaction closed on Friday, December 8th. Owner Bill Lipsitz founded the business 39 years ago, growing it to five shops in Aurora, Denver, Castle Rock, and … Read more

Focus Advisors Automotive M&A on the state of Consolidation and Independent MSOs in 2023

The Big Collision Repair Consolidation: Past, Present, and Future Industry Trends The collision repair industry has experienced dramatic consolidation over the past 25 years, transforming an industry that was once comprised of over 50,000 small businesses into one increasingly dominated by large national operators. David Roberts, Managing Director at Focus Advisors Automotive M&A, provided invaluable insights … Read more

Focus Advisors represents three-shop Denver MSO in sale to Classic Collision, marking their 250th location

DENVER, November 13, 2023 – Focus Advisors, the leading M&A firm specializing in collision repair transactions, is proud to announce the sale of three collision repair shops in  greater Denver to Classic Collision. The individual shops are Vintage Autoworks (Littleton, CO), Northern Colorado Auto Reconditioning (Greeley), and Body’s by Brown (Englewood). This transaction with Classic … Read more

Focus Advisors talks Consolidation and the Largest MSOs at the MSO Symposium

On Monday, October 30th, Focus Advisors Founder and Managing Director, David Roberts, presented at the 12th annual MSO Symposium in Las Vegas on the state of consolidation in the collision repair industry and gave an overview of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing MSOs. His full presentation is available for download if you’d kindly provide your … Read more

Finish Strong – even when you feel like “I’m done.”

For an increasing number of single shops and small MSO operators, the frequent and emphatic conclusion is “I’m done. I’m getting out.”  Why now? What’s happening? Is it an age thing? Is it the never-ending stress of responding to insurance company demands or of trying to adequately staff and retain employees?  Is it dealing with … Read more

Focus Advisors Represents Vinart Dealerships in their Body Shop Sale and Services Agreement

May 26, 2023 – Focus Advisors, the leading M&A firm in Collision Repair, is proud to announce the successful sale of Vinart Dealerships’ body shop and formation of its ongoing services agreement with VIVE Collision. Vinart’s body shop in Allentown, PA services the Lehigh Valley with certifications for Honda, Acura, Hyundai, Mercedes, and Porsche. VIVE … Read more

Private Equity in Collision Repair: More Committed Than Ever

Scale is paramount to performance in the consolidation of the $36 billion collision repair market.  Private equity provides the fuel that accelerates the consolidation. And private equity firms continue to invest more and more capital with implications for MSOs and single shops that cannot be ignored.   A Bit of History Private equity (PE) investors … Read more