White Family Cos., City Auto Group, Drewing Automotive Group and Toliver Auto Group were buyers in deals

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Rusty Drewing, owner and president of Drewing Automotive Group in December, expanded the Columbia, Mo., group by acquiring two dealerships in Jefferson City, Mo., from Riley Auto Group.

Drewing Automotive bought Riley Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac and Riley Toyota on December 20. The transaction also included a collision center.

“I love the dealerships, the way they run them, the hometown vibe and we will continue to support everything locally,” Rusty Drewing said in a statement. “We will be a big part of the community and plan to carry on the traditions they have established over the past 85 years.”

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

Amanda Riley, marketing manager for Drewing’s Jefferson City stores and whose family sold the concessions, said Drewing approached her uncle, Kevin Riley, to buy the stores. Kevin Riley owned the group along with his brothers, Mike Riley and Carey Riley, Amanda Riley’s father.

“After a tornado hit dealerships in Jefferson City in May 2019, the nearly two-year recovery and rebuilding would be a grueling undertaking for someone early in their career, much more so for a group of brothers looking forward to retirement in the years to come,” Amanda Riley said in an email to Automotive News. “It was time for them to walk away from the business.”

In the mighty storm of 2019 in which winds reached 160 mph, the General Motors store was largely destroyed. Amanda Riley said her family’s automotive group operated the GM dealership from a temporary facility from August 2019 until May 2021, when a new store opened. The Toyota store was not as hard hit and reopened about six months after the tornado, she said.

Riley, who along with several other family members continues to work for Drewing Auto, said Riley Auto estimated 770 new and used vehicles were totaled in the tornado.

The Drewing Group, comprising 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 January 28 at age 74.

In 2015, the Drewing family sold eight Missouri Joe Machens dealerships to McLarty Automotive Group, keeping only the two luxury stores in Columbia.

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