KAR Global to Buy BacklotCars for $425 Million

By David Muller

KAR Global has agreed to buy BacklotCars Inc., an online dealer-to-dealer vehicle wholesaling platform, for $425 million. The purchase is expected to be complete by the end of the year, pending legal and regulatory approvals.

KAR sees the acquisition as one that will diversify its digital offerings while also building on the foundation of TradeRev, the auction firm’s mobile vehicle-trading platform.

“BacklotCars has grown rapidly in the highly competitive dealer-to-dealer space and is the perfect complement to our current capabilities and footprint,” KAR CEO Jim Hallett said in a release Tuesday. “I’m confident the addition of Backlot’s leadership, technology and exceptional customer-service model will quickly benefit our combined customers, enhance KAR’s competitive position and accelerate growth for both organizations.”

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