Basil takes keys to Ball dealership

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First


Basil takes keys to Ball dealership

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM EDT

The Basil Family Dealerships has acquired the Jim Ball auto dealership, giving the company its first location in Orchard Park.

The deal, many months in the works, was completed late last week. Terms were not disclosed.

"It gives us a great presence on auto row," said Robert Basil, who has taken over the franchise.

Now called the Robert Basil dealership, Basil will continue to sell Buicks, GMC trucks and SUVs, and Cadillacs - the same brands that Jim Ball has been selling from its Southwestern Boulevard showroom.

Basil, who ran his family's Fredonia dealership, call the deal a "great opportunity."

"I love the location," he said. "I love the franchises."

The Basil family will continue to operate the Fredonia dealership, which sells Chevrolets, Buicks and Cadillacs. That dealership will be overseen by David Basil, son of Joseph Basil.

Robert Basil said the deal with Ball was a cordial one. Ball, in fact, is remaining with the dealership as a senior sales associate.

"Jim was very gracious and helpful during the entire process," Basil said.

Basil also said except for the name change and some cosmetic upgrades to the building and lots, there will be little difference between the Jim Ball operation and his company's. Basil said all of the current Jim Ball staff was retained.

"Jim Ball is so well-established, there's little that needed to be changed," Robert Basil said.

Jim Ball has, for many years, been one of General Motors top regional dealerships including in 2009 when it was named the third busiest in the northeast region for Buick and GMC. The northeast region includes all of New York state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.

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