With most of the hype in the automobile world, as it pertains to investing, going to innovative car manufacturers like Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) and the often underappreciated stalwarts of Detroit, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) and General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), many investors overlook companies which own the dealerships that sell the actual cars on a daily basis. One such small-cap company, Lithia Motors Inc. (NYSE:LAD), has managed to thrive in the turbulent industry by focusing on a tried-and-true business formula and methodically expanding its business across the Mid-West. In doing so, shares of LAD have provided incredible five-year returns that best all of the aforementioned, including the seemingly unstoppable TSLA.
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