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Photo from March of 1993

Small Business Spotlight: Parker Wholesale Cars

By Michael Butler

The name Parker and the word cars go hand and hand in these parts.  Go back to the 1950s. That’s when Robert F. Parker started working at the Ford dealership in Tuskegee.

Parker would open Parker Wholesale Cars in Tallassee shortly thereafter. His son James joined him in 1968. James had to be convinced though. He was working with AMPEX Corporation at the time.

The decision to join the family operation paid off. And, the business is still in the family after three generations.

The business model has changed some from its beginnings.  Originally, the father/son duo primarily sold vehicles wholesale from dealer to dealer, working the auction circuit.

In 1979, James wanted a base of operations away from the home office, so he built the dealership where they still operate today on Highway 14 in East Tallassee.

James’ sons, Jeff and Jason, joined the business as teenagers. Some three decades later, they are still involved.  In addition, Jeff’s wife, Christy, serves as the secretary.

Jeff Shealy might not be a “Parker,” but he is still family. The detail man has been employed with the Parkers for 25 years. 

(From left): Jeff, James and Jason Parker

“I know it sounds cliché, but our customers really are family,” Jeff Parker said. “We appreciate people putting their trust in us.”

Parker Wholesale Cars strives to offer the finest pre-owned vehicles at a fair price in a friendly no-pressure atmosphere. Parker’s repeat customer base is a testament to their dedication for customers’ complete satisfaction.

They are also active in the community through support of civic groups and sports teams plus involvement with organizations such as the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Corporation.

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