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The Huffines Story

The Huffines Automotive Group: From the begining to today.

On May 5, 1924 Huffines Motor Company opened for business in downtown Denton selling Willys-Knight and Overland automobiles. To demonstrate the power and reliability of the new Willys-Knight and Overland automobiles, the cars were driven up the steps of the Denton County Courthouse and the steps of the Library at North Texas State Teachers College, now known as The University of North Texas. Overland’s cost about $500.00 and a Willys-Knight could cost up to $1500.00.

There were only 4500 cars and 250 trucks in all of Denton County. Most cars had to be hand cranked to start and only had rear wheel brakes. The majority of the roads in Texas were still unpaved – some not much better than goat paths. J.L. Huffines, Sr. founded the Huffines Motor Company on two principles which are still the benchmark for all decisions made at the dealerships – treat the customer the way they want to be treated and support the community. It worked – especially in a small town where everybody knew everything about everybody.

Because of their success, in April of 1927 Huffines Motor Company was awarded the Chevrolet franchise in Lewisville, Texas. 1929 was the beginning of the Great Depression. Many people were out of work and the majority of people had no money. Texans were no different. Ads at the time depict Huffines taking in livestock and feed in trade on vehicles. Huffines moved into new quarters at the corner of Main and Mill in May of 1932.

1941 marked the beginning of World War II, and a great new product from Willys. It was aptly called a GP or General Purpose. G.I.’s called it the Jeep. In 1959, Huffines opened a new state of the art facility on the recently completed Interstate 35E.

In 1984 things really started to take off for Huffines. 1984 marked the opening of Ray Huffines Chevrolet in Plano.

In 1986 Huffines Dodge opened in Lewisville and Huffines Chrysler opened in Plano. At the same time the Chevrolet store in Lewisville moved into a new state-of-the-art facility on Interstate 35E. In 1989 Subaru was added. In 1991 Hyundai was added in Plano, followed by Jeep in 1992. In 1994 a new Kia location was opened in Denton.

In 2001 Dodge was added to Chrysler Jeep and a new facility opened. In 2006 Hyundai, and in 2008 Kia dealerships were opened in McKinney. Today Huffines has 8 dealerships. Huffines Kia Subaru Denton, Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Lewisville, Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville, Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Plano, Ray Huffines Chevrolet Plano, Huffines Hyundai Plano, Huffines Hyundai McKinney and Huffines Kia McKinney.

Our dealerships have been honored with the Consumers’ Choice Award for Auto Dealership Group of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010, The Dallas Morning News, Neighbors Choice ‘Go’, Best Auto Dealership and Best Auto Repair Facility, The DFW Community Newspapers Best New and Pre-Owned Dealerships and Repair Facilities, The General Motors Mark of Excellence and Standards for Excellence Award, The Chrysler Five Star Award, Customer Care Standards Award and The Hyundai Board of Excellence Award.

The Huffines family has enjoyed extensive community service. Ray Huffines continues to operate the dealerships in the spirit of the founders, J.L. Huffines, Sr. and Jr. They believed when you sold someone a vehicle you made a friend. You treated people the way they would want to be treated. It has worked. There are now eight locations, but the Huffines have maintained that small town friendliness and strong commitment to doing the right thing.

Through all of this, Huffines had been satisfying customers – many who still shop at Huffines today. The fact that we have grandchildren and great grandchildren of original customers still shopping at Huffines 85 years later certainly proves the success of their commitment to customer satisfaction.

Huffines Auto dealerships has been honored as the consumers’ Choice Award for Auto Dealership Group of the Year for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Huffines was also voted #20 in the top 100 places to work, by the Dallas Morning News Online.

We are delighted to share with you that Huffines Kia Subaru Denton is proudly named “2012 Dealer of the Year” award by Dealer Rater! A huge thank you to all our customers and supporters.

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