Our Family History

Who Are We?


In 1968 Don and Barbara Franklin bought their first dealership in the small town of Columbia, KY.

At the time, they were looking for a way to make an honest living, honor their values and make a good home for their family. They’d never imagined that 50 years later, the Don Franklin Family of Dealerships would have grown to 20+ dealerships and be the largest dealer group in Kentucky.

Today, over 50 years later, the Don Franklin group employs over 600 people throughout the state of Kentucky. With over 4500 vehicles to choose from, Don Franklin Family of Dealerships has the largest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles in the state of Kentucky. If you find your perfect preowned vehicle along the way, we’ll deliver it to your nearest Don Franklin dealership.

Core Values

All that being the case, we still adhere to our core values of being involved and part of our communities and putting “service above self”. You’ll have seen evidence of this in the various community activities we sponsor and support – from Lexington Habitat for Humanity, Childhood Development of the Bluegrass, local football and baseball teams; as well as, a wide variety of other charitable activities and causes.

Lifetime Powertrain Coverage

Our Lifetime Powertrain Coverage aims at keeping you and your vehicle on the road – not by the side of it.

Our Promise

From our humble beginnings in Columbia, Kentucky to serving the entire state, the Don Franklin Family of Dealerships works daily to provide you, our customers, the best possible experience: finding the right vehicle for your family’s budget and your family’s needs – all with integrity, competitive-pricing and a customer-first attitude.

While Don Franklin may not have planned on being the biggest dealership in the state, his core values and dedication to customers and employees practically ensured it.

Thank you for learning more about our history, be sure to stop into any one of our stores and allow us the opportunity to serve you.


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Don Franklin Auto

3360 Richmond Rd Lexington, KY

Phone: 859-263-5020
37.996606 -84.442716
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Don Franklin Auto
Don Franklin Auto
3360 Richmond Rd
Lexington, KY, 40509 US
Don Franklin Auto 37.996606, -84.442716.