Rusty Drewing, proprietor and president of the Drewing Automotive Group in December expanded the group from Columbia, Mo., by buying two Jefferson Metropolis, Mo., dealerships from Riley Auto Group.

Drewing Automotive on Dec. 20 purchased Riley Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac and Riley Toyota. The transaction additionally included a collision heart.

“I really like the dealerships, the way in which they run them, the hometown really feel and we’ll proceed to assist all the pieces regionally,” Rusty Drewing mentioned in a press release. “We will likely be a giant a part of the neighborhood and plan to hold on the traditions they’ve established during the last 85 years.”

Drewing Auto renamed the dealerships Rusty Drewing Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac and Rusty Drewing Toyota. Jefferson Metropolis is about 30 miles south of Columbia.

Amanda Riley, advertising and marketing supervisor for Drewing’s Jefferson Metropolis shops and whose household offered the dealerships, mentioned Drewing approached her uncle, Kevin Riley, about shopping for the shops. Kevin Riley owned the group along with his brothers, Mike Riley and Carey Riley, Amanda Riley’s father.

“After a twister hit the dealerships in Jefferson Metropolis in Could 2019, the restoration and rebuild that lasted almost two years could be an exhausting endeavor for somebody early on of their profession, way more for a bunch of brothers trying ahead to retirement within the coming years,” Amanda Riley mentioned in an e mail to Automotive Information. “It was their time to step away from the enterprise.”

Within the highly effective 2019 storm during which winds reached 160 mph, the Common Motors retailer was largely destroyed. Amanda Riley mentioned her household’s auto group operated the GM dealership out of a brief facility from August 2019 till Could 2021, when a brand new retailer opened. The Toyota retailer wasn’t hit as onerous and reopened about six months after the twister, she mentioned.

Riley, who together with a number of different members of the family proceed to work for Drewing Auto, mentioned Riley Auto estimated 770 new- and used-vehicles have been totaled within the twister.

The Drewing group, together with BMW of Columbia and Mercedes-Benz of Columbia in Missouri, was owned by the late Gary Drewing and his son, Rusty. Gary Drewing died on Jan. 28 at age 74.

In 2015, the Drewing household offered eight Joe Machens Dealerships of Missouri to McLarty Automotive Group, conserving simply the 2 luxurious shops in Columbia.