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Darcars Toyota in Silver Spring. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Private companies

Darcars Automotive Group

Darcars is a family-owned and -operated chain of automobile dealerships. The company is still recovering from a recession that sent the likes of General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy. Last year, the company sold more than 32,000 vehicles and racked up sales of more than $95 million in parts and accessories — boosting annual gross revenues by 23 percent. It also has been hiring, increasing its personnel count by 5 percent for a payroll that now tops $90 million.

Trivia

Founder John Darvish begain his career in 1962 as a used car salesman on summer break from medical school.

12210 Cherry Hill Rd.

Silver Spring Md., 20904

301-622-0300

http://www.darcars.com

Founded: 1977

CEO: John R. Darvish Sr.

Revenue: $933,150

Employees (local): 1,846 (1,789)

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