Automotive & Dealer Services

Your Competitive Edge

Dealerships face complex business challenges—from lowering costs to managing business systems and controls to ensuring a smooth ownership transition when the time comes. To help, our Automotive & Dealer Services Practice provides comprehensive and technology-based accounting and business consulting solutions with the goal of creating value and opportunity over the long term.

Who We Serve

Across the country, we serve hundreds of dealerships, including:

  • Automobile dealers
  • Heavy equipment dealers
  • Commercial truck dealers
  • RV dealers
  • Motorcycle and power sports dealers
  • Rental and fleet operators

We also serve automotive aftermarket enterprises with a dedicated team of professionals with a deep understanding of how manufacturers, distributors, OEM suppliers, and aftermarket retailers operate.

Our professionals are national leaders in the industry and have developed a number of management guides for the NADA, ATD, and larger manufacturers on topics such as succession planning, fraud prevention, financial management, and business valuations.

Dealership Tools

Moss Adams developed the following tools to help companies like yours identify opportunities quickly.

Moss Adams Smart Tax
Taxes are one of your largest expenses—so you don’t want to miss any deduction opportunities. The Moss Adams Smart Tax program offers a comprehensive analysis of your business, detailing potential federal, state, and local tax savings or deferrals your company may not be taking advantage of.

Systems Control & Operations Risk Evaluation (SCORE!)
When you want to evaluate the efficiency of your accounting department and “check the checkers” to make sure your systems are working properly, our SCORE! program can help you identify opportunities and weaknesses in your dealership’s financial operations. We also have an electronic version (eSCORE!) that can communicate with your IT systems and identify key areas of risk. SCORE! offers 28 separate modules, each focused on a different area of your business, including cash management, parts and service operations, inventory management, financing and insurance, schedules, and fraud risk.

Succession Evaluator
If you’re looking for a quick way to assess how ready you are for succession, we can help you identify the critical path needed to begin the process. To map out a successful exit from your business, we help you identify  the next steps, immediate risks, and other important milestones along the way.

Moss Adams Check-Up
When you want to oversee your accounting schedules quickly and efficiently—without relying on your accounting department to report on itself—the Moss Adams Check-Up program can help you identify risks and opportunities in your accounting schedules. It electronically extracts information from your computer system and quickly organizes common problems into a one-page executive summary.

Moss Adams Closing Binder
You know your month-end process works, but you wish it could work more smoothly—and provide some accountability to each department for its performance. The Moss Adams Closing Binder helps you organize and train your accounting staff so your month-end books close on a timely basis. It also facilitates communication between departments by generating exception reports that require responses from other department managers. Finally, it organizes the month-end closing process into manageable pieces that can be spread evenly throughout the month. It’s a great way to solve your month-end closing headaches.

Moss Adams Water Report
The value of used vehicles affect your bottom line—and your taxes. When you need to assess the value of your used vehicles, the Moss Adams Water Report can help your dealership identify schedules in need of cleanup. You can also use the report to estimate the value of your used-vehicle inventory based on auction prices, eliminating the need for you to rely on an internal source.

Insights


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There’s a dramatic difference in the number of tax-savings opportunities available to owners who start planning for a sale five years in advance instead of immediately beforehand, which is why long-term planning is key to a successful sale. The tools outlined in this article provide a starting point for owners who are beginning to determine what they can do to lower their sales tax.

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Few business transactions are as complex as those involving auto dealerships. In this Insight, we examine a few of the unexpected but common pain points buyers and sellers encounter during the process.

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What was the automotive and dealer industry talking about at the NADA Convention? Discussions spanned buying, selling, and finding talent to manage and build dealerships in a complex environment.

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