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AUTOMOTIVE

Compiled by John O'Dell, Times staff writer

Recount Request: Leonard Renick, general manager of Renick Cadillac in Fullerton, says the county really should have at least 16 of the country’s biggest dealers.

Seems that in the 15 years he’s been general manager of the family-owned Caddy store, Renick never received a survey form from Auto Age, and so the dealership has never been included in the magazine’s annual listing of the 500 largest, as measured by gross revenue.

Noting the absence of any domestic luxury car from the roll call of brands sold by the county’s top dealers in Auto Age’s recent list, Renick said gross sales at Renick Cadillac in 1989 totaled $48.9 million. That would be good enough to earn 13th place on an expanded Orange County list of dealerships whose annual grosses topped Auto Age’s $34-million cutoff.

Renick said his dealership, which opened its doors in 1952, also would have placed second in the county for used car sales. Total used car revenue was $15.1 million, which would have bumped the official second-place finisher, Jim Slemons Imports of Newport Beach, into third place with its $12.2 million in used sales.

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