Performance Brokerage Services advises on the sale of Auburn Volkswagen in Washington to Bud Clary Auto Group

This is our third time working with Performance, and we look forward to working with them in the future.

Performance Brokerage Services, North America’s largest volume dealer brokerage firm, is pleased to announce the sale of Matt Welch’s Washington-based Auburn Volkswagen to Bud Clary Auto Group.

Matt Welch acquired Auburn Volkswagen in 2006. He grew the dealership to become one of the largest Volkswagen dealerships in Washington. Welch has gained national recognition for his community service and industry accomplishments. He was nominated for the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year award, one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious accolades. Recipients rank among the nation’s most successful auto dealerships, while demonstrating a commitment to community service. Welch also served on the Washington State Automobile Dealers Board of Directors.

This transaction was exclusively facilitated by Mark Shackelford, Texas & Midwest Partner and Jason Stopnitzky, co-founder of Performance Brokerage Services. Over the past 5 years, Performance Brokerage Services has advised the sale of over 250 dealerships, making it the largest dealership brokerage firm in North America. In 2021, the company completed 72 transactions, marking a record year.

Welch shared: “I have known Mark Shackelford for over a decade and he handled our transaction perfectly. Mark and his team were flawless in communication and have the utmost integrity. Mark has always been a direct shooter, and we are delighted to have chosen Mark and Performance Brokerage Services for our sale. I recommend Mark with the highest possible recommendation whether you are buying or selling your dealership. He’s been on all sides of dealership transactions and performance, and he fully understands that.

Bud Clary Auto Group was established in 1959 and has remained family owned and operated for over 60 years. The company has grown to include 11 brands across 14 locations in Washington State. In 2016, the brothers, Bryce and Kelly Clary, became third generation owners.

After the sale, Bryce Clary said, “We would like to thank Jason Stopnitzky and Mark Shackelford of Performance Brokerage Services for their truly exceptional service. They helped find the perfect fit for our group and their guidance throughout the process was invaluable. It couldn’t have gone better with Matt Welch and Auburn Volkswagen, and Performance Brokerage Services made it possible. This is our third time working with Performance, and we look forward to working with them in the future!

Stopnitzky commented, “This is our fifth transaction with Bud Clary Auto Group, with more to come. Buying and selling at dealerships is complex by nature, but it doesn’t always have to be difficult. Especially, when everyone involved works closely together to achieve the common goal. Both sides negotiated in good faith and established mutual trust and respect. Combined with excellent lawyers on both sides, this was a first class transaction all round. »

The dealership will remain at its current location at 3109 Auburn Way North in Auburn, Washington.

The seller was represented by Ron Coleman of Davies Pearson, PC in Tacoma, Washington.

The buyer was represented by Cliff Spencer of Lane Powell in Portland, Oregon.

Stopnitzky commented, “Over the years we have worked with both attorneys on dozens of transactions. Our experiences have always been great, and again they have been a pleasure to work with and instrumental in helping their clients to a successful conclusion.

About Performance Brokerage Services

Performance Brokerage Services, Inc. is North America’s largest dealer brokerage firm, specializing in buy-sell business for automobile, recreational vehicle, commercial truck, powersports and automotive dealers. equipment.

With over 25 years of experience, 700 dealerships sold and a 90% closing rate, the company’s reputation is unmatched and governed by the highest ethics and integrity.

The company offers a unique approach by providing free value estimates with no upfront fees or down payment, no fee refunds, and paying a success fee only after the deal closes.

Headquartered in Irvine, CA and supported by 7 regional offices in Utah, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey and Canada, clients benefit from national exposure with local representation .

As trusted and respected experts in the field, the company utilizes an extensive network of attorneys, accountants, hundreds of registered buyers, and longstanding relationships with various automakers.

For more information about the services offered by Performance Brokerage Services, visit

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