Dave Cantin Group

With over 20 years of industry expertise, Dave Cantin Group (“DCG”) is a full service automotive M&A firm with access to cutting edge knowledge and resources.

Dave Cantin has personally closed over 2 billion dollars of transactions in collaboration with both strategic and private equity investors. With the increasing prominence of direct investors, private equity and institutional investors in the automotive industry, we work side by side with over 30 such capital providers to place your deal. Additionally, DCG offers our clients the proper guidance towards achieving manufacturer approval.

DCG also specialize in platform acquisitions. In 2017, Dave Cantin closed the second largest buy/sell automotive transaction, second only to Warren Buffett’s acquisition of the Van Tuyl group in 2015 (now Berkshire Hathaway Automotive). With Dave’s guidance, GPB Capital (Capstone Automotive Group) purchased a majority stake of ownership and received 100% of manufacturer approvals utilizing private equity funds.

While we also manage single dealership transactions, our scope and in-depth industry expertise is second to none.

Part of what makes our firm unique is Dave’s in-depth experience as an owner and operator. His passion for the auto industry and his dedication to exploring innovative sales opportunities helped to grow the largest single point car dealership in the world located in rural Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Dave and his co-owner sold the dealership in July of 2015.

Fighting Childhood Cancer
Dave Cantin Group is committed to giving back to the local community, and to specifically fight childhood cancer. Because of this unwavering commitment, 5% of all deal commissions will be donated to a local charity fighting pediatric cancer in the location of the acquired dealership.

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