Smooth Hailing: AutoCanada acquires DCCHail

Edmonton, Alberta — AutoCanada has acquired paintless dent repair company DCCHail, the multi-location dealer group announced Monday evening.

DCCHail touts a national presence, which includes Canada’s largest hail repair facility in Calgary, Alta.

“DCCHail has revolutionized the PDR industry with its proprietary technology DCCScan,” wrote AutoCanada in its press release. “DCCScan can inspect and document automotive hail damage under an average of five seconds per scan. This greatly increases the efficiency and accuracy of the hail repair process.”

AutoCanada said the acquired company generates in excess of $15 million in annual revenue.

“The transaction was funded from a drawdown of the company’s credit facility and is expected to be accretive to 2023 earnings,” wrote AutoCanada in its press release.

“We’re excited to add this well-managed hail damage repair operation to our network, providing a vertical integration opportunity that will allow us to take greater control of the repair process and expand this business across markets in Canada and the U.S. by leveraging our current dealership, parts & service and collision centre platforms,” said Executive Chairman of AutoCanada, Paul Antony. “We are also pleased to welcome the high-quality DCCHail team to the AutoCanada family and we look forward to continuing its legacy into the future.”

The company offers PDR services to national insurance partners, collision centres, and auto dealerships (fleet inventory repairs). The current management team will continue to operate the business going forward. Apart from continuing to strengthen the operation’s performance, the acquisition unlocks additional growth opportunities, including the potential to expand the business by leveraging AutoCanada’s dealership, parts and service and collision platforms.

AutoCanada currently operates 82 franchised dealerships, comprised of 28 brands, in eight provinces in Canada as well as a group in Illinois, USA. AutoCanada’s Canadian Operations segment currently operates three used vehicle dealerships and one used vehicle auction business supporting the Used Digital Retail Division; 11 RightRide division locations, and 10 stand-alone collision centres within its group of 25 collision centres.

In 2021, the company’s dealerships sold approximately 86,000 vehicles and processed over 800,000 service and collision repair orders in our 1,303 service bays generating revenue in excess of $4 billion.


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