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Al Serra ranked No. 1 in new and used car sales

GRAND BLANC — Wards Dealer Business Magazine has released its 27th Annual List of the Top 500 Automotive Dealerships in the Nation and it revealed that Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc is No. 1 in New and Used Vehicle Sales in the Midwest and No. 5 in the country.

Collectively, the nation’s nearly 18,000 automotive dealerships sold a total of 1.5 million vehicles in 2012, up 13 percent from the previous year.

“Finishing fifth in the nation — out of almost 18,000 dealerships — really excites us for two reasons,” said Joe Serra, President of Serra Automotive, with a smile. “First, this achievement is a credit to our entire team for their day-in, dayout dedication to serving our customers to the best of their ability. I am so proud to be associated with each and every one of them. And second, because we were Number Five, it shows we still have work to do.”

According to the official figures released by Wards, here is how the Al Serra Auto Plaza ranked in all categories; TOP MIDWEST DEALERSHIP (eight-state region): No. 4 in the USA in New Units with 6,105; No. 5 in the USA in Used Units with 4,431; No. 2 in the USA in combined units with 10,536 (360 units shy of Galpin Ford in California which sold 10,896 units). — G.G.

Peabody Insurance purchases Holly agency

HOLLY — Jim Peabody, past owner of Smith Peabody Stiles Agency has started a new insurance agency. Peabody Insurance Agency, Inc., has bought Addis Insurance Agency located in Holly.

Peabody, an insurance professional for the past 25 years, bought a fourth generation family business, Wm. P. Addis Insurance Agency, Inc., located at 611 North Saginaw St. Holly, MI 48442.

Duane Addis, owner of Addis Insurance Agency said, “my family and I are very happy to keep our clients with a locally owned and operated agency. Shelly Miller (Duane’s daughter) is still the friendly face you see when you walk in the door.”

Peabody Insurance Agency will utilize its array of national and regional insurance carriers to provide clients with risk management solutions to help clients manage their risks.

Peabody Insurance Agency, Inc., is a full service independent agency specializing in home, auto, life and commercial business insurance. Peabody Insurance Agency will focus on clients residing in Genesee, Livingston and Oakland counties. Details: Call 248-634-7731 or 810-629- 1504. — G.G.

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