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Family-owned and -operated business looks back on a century of business in North Texas

PLANO, Texas, May 2, 2024 -- Huffines Auto Dealerships, one of North Texas' largest automotive groups with 10 Dallas/Fort Worth-area dealerships, celebrates its 100-year anniversary this spring. Founded on May 5, 1924, by J.L. Huffines Sr., the family-owned and -operated business has grown across a century, continuously embodying the principles of treating customers with respect and actively supporting the local community.

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To celebrate the company's iconic "Huffines HAS IT!" jingle, introduced more than 30 years ago, the auto dealerships are taking to the streets to ask area residents to sing the song. For every jingle sung, Huffines will donate $100 to the singer's local charity of choice, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Genesis Women's Shelter, North Texas Food Bank, Salvation Army, Scottish Rite for Children and SPCA of North Texas, as part of its longtime commitment to giving back to the communities it serves.

"For the past 100 years, my family and I have been able to serve North Texas and become a household name to many. Our longevity in this competitive industry reflects the trust and loyalty our customers and the community have placed in us, and we want to thank them for their ongoing support," said Huffines Auto Dealerships President and CEO Ray Huffines. "Our family legacy started when cars were a new thing, and today, we're selling high-tech EVs, hybrids and gasoline-powered vehicles with features no one would have dreamed of 100 years ago. We can't wait to see what the next hundred years will bring to this industry, our dealerships and the communities we serve."

In honor of Huffines Auto Dealerships' century of dedication to team members, customers and North Texas, the Texas Historical Commission has recognized Huffines with the coveted Texas Treasure Business Award. The award, created by the Texas Senate in 2005, pays tribute to the state's well-established businesses and their exceptional historic contributions to communities across Texas. 

When the Huffines Motor Company first opened its doors in Denton, Texas, it sold Willys-Knight and Overland automobiles. Over the years, Huffines Auto Dealerships adapted through economic changes and challenges, including the Great Depression, when J.L. Huffines Sr. famously accepted livestock and farm implements in trade for vehicles.

Following J.L. Huffines Sr.'s footsteps, J.L. Huffines Jr. became a dealership owner in 1950, at age 27, after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. As CEO and president, he grew the Huffines brand tremendously across different locations throughout North Texas and was recognized statewide and nationally as an automotive industry leader.

In 1984, J.L. Huffines Jr.'s son, Ray Huffines, became a dealership owner at 31. He continues to grow the Huffines' legacy, which now spans 10 dealerships offering multiple brands that include Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Kia, Hyundai, Subaru and Genesis. The company has more than 900 employees and has been voted one of The Dallas Morning News Top Places to Work 11 times. It has also been awarded multiple J.D. Power Dealer of Excellence Awards and has been consecutively named Dallas' Best Automobile Group Dealer by Consumers Choice.

With a fourth generation of Huffines, General Manager Sam Huffines, now in the business, the Huffines Auto Dealerships continue to implement their family's founding principles and belief that when you help someone buy a vehicle, you have made a friend for life. Follow Huffines on Instagram throughout its 100th-anniversary year for additional community give-back activations and customer promotions.

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About Huffines Auto Dealerships
Founded in Denton, Texas, in 1924 by J.L. Huffines Sr. as the Huffines Motor Company, family-owned and -operated Huffines Auto Dealerships is one of North Texas' largest automotive dealership groups with 10 locations across Corinth, Lewisville, McKinney and Plano. The award-winning Huffines Auto Dealerships has been recognized as a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historic Commission. It has also been voted one of The Dallas Morning News Top Places to Work 11 times, won multiple J.D. Power Dealer of Excellence Awards and has been consecutively named Dallas' Best Automobile Group Dealer by Consumers Choice. For 100 years, Huffines has embodied the founder's belief that "when you sell someone a vehicle, you make a friend for life." For more information, visit or connect on social media on Instagram or Facebook

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