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Considering transitioning your dealership to the next generation?

You’ve invested time, effort, and heart into building your dealership. It’s now time to start thinking about your exit strategy. What are your succession goals? What are the opportunities available to you? Who are your potential successors – family members or a third party?

We’ll work with you to answer these questions and develop a successful exit plan that protects your legacy, prepares your dealership’s future leaders, and lays the groundwork for continuity and success.

Our advisors will help you exit on your terms and maximize the value of your business, no matter the size of your dealership or how far you’ve progressed in your succession plan.

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Download our succession checklist

From tax planning to ownership transfer to performance improvements, a succession strategy will help you maximize returns on your life’s work.

Succession success story: Zanchin Automotive

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"What I like about MNP — they give you that personal attention. I've never experienced that before.

The Zanchin Automotive Group is about 48 years old. We’re selling a lot of automobiles… and we’re doing big business. My daughters took over the business so that it would be able to continue, and I hope they do even better. But with MNP behind them, they will succeed.”

Joe Zanchin, Founder, Zanchin Automotive Group


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Chris Schaufele CPA, CA

National Leader, Dealerships

Chris is MNP’s National dealership service leader and a Business Advisor with the Firm’s Assurance and Accounting group in Surrey. With more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, Chris oversees a dedicated team of professionals and the Firm’s delivery of dealership services across Canada.

Chris helps automobile dealers and leasing companies, as well as business owners in other industries, ensuring they have the information they require to make strong business decisions. He delivers a full suite of assurance services, including audits, reviews and compilations, helps with tax planning and compliance and advises on a broad range of business issues. His expertise in accounting and assurance standards and keen understanding of the automotive industry allow him to identify opportunities to help his clients succeed.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA, Co-operative) in accounting from Simon Fraser University in 2008. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2010.