The Trotman Auto Group didn't have to go far for its latest acquisition – just across the street.
The owners of Abbotsford Hyundai in the Fraser Valley Auto Mall have acquired Abbotsford Chrysler, effective Oct. 1.
The group, operated by Abbotsford brothers Mitch, Mike and Brad Trotman, started with the family business Langley Chrysler. They added Comox Valley Dodge in 2003 and diversified to an import brand with Alpine Toyota of Cranbrook in 2008.
They bought their first hometown dealership in 2009, acquiring Don Quast Hyundai and changing the name to Abbotsford Hyundai, then added the fifth dealership this fall.
"We grew up here. We know the town, and we like the town," said Mitch Trotman, who will operate the group's two Abbotsford dealerships.
He said the Fraser Valley Auto Mall, where the Trotmans now own two of eight dealerships, is a unique place to shop for a vehicle.
"Where else, in the Lower Mainland, can you get 40 acres of cars in one spot?" he pointed out.
The Trotman Auto Group has emerged as a major player in the automotive industry in B.C. The Group generated $110 million in sales in 2010, and Mike Trotman, the president and CEO, was named to the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 list chosen by Business in Vancouver magazine.