Franklin Family History

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Who we are
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.   We offer free delivery to to closest Don Franklin dealership near you. 

Where we are
And we have a lot of locations all over Kentucky waiting to serve you:
  1. Columbia Chevrolet 1072 Campbellsville Rd, Columbia KY 42728 - (270) 384-2291
  2. Don Franklin Bardstown Buick Chevrolet - 120 W. John Rowan Blvd, Bardstown, KY 40004 - (502) 233-4459
  3. Don Franklin Lexington Buick GMC - 3380 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 50409 - (859) 559-0982
  4. Don Franklin Campbellsville - 915 Meader St., Campbellsville, KY 42718 - (270) 922-2060
  5. Don Franklin Burkesville Chevrolet - 1465 South Main St., Burkesville, KY 42717 - (877) 663-2680
  6. Don Franklin Campbellsville Chevy, Buick, GMC - 200 N. Bypass Rd, Campbellsville, KY 42718 - (877) 708-4597
  7. Don Franklin Russell Springs Chevy Buick GMC - 736 W. Steve Wariner Dr, Russell Springs, KY 42642 - (877) 254-5591
  8. Don Franklin Somerset Chevy Buick GMC - 345 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY 42501 - (606) 678-4141
  9. Don Franklin Somerset Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat - 1147 S. Highway 27, Somerset, KY 42501 (606) 678-8178
  10. Don Franklin Columbia Ford - 576 Hudson Street, Columbia, KY 42728 - (270) 384-3016
  11. Don Franklin London Ford - 388 Highway 192 W., London, KY 40741 - (606) 219-4609
  12. Don Franklin Lexington Genesis - 3340 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40509 - (888) 457-4979
  13. Don Franklin Lexington Hyundai - 3340 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40509 - (888) 819-7551
  14. Don Franklin Lexington Nissan - 3360 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40509 - (888) 855-8786
  15. Don Franklin Liberty - 289 S Wallace Wilkinson Blvd., Liberty, KY 42539 - (606) 787-8387
  16. Don Franklin London Lincoln - 388 Highway 192 W., London, KY 40741 - (888) 461-0896
  17. Don Franklin Nicholasville Mitsubishi - 3001 Lexington Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356 - (888) 675-6709
  18. Don Franklin Monticello Chrysler - 1777 E. Highway 90, Monticello, KY 42633 - (606) 614-4270
  19. Don Franklin Nicholasville Hyundai - 3035 Lexington Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356 - (888) 359-8263
  20. Don Franklin Somerset Nissan - 1147 South HWY 27, Somerset, KY 42501 - (888) 711-6458
  21. Don Franklin Columbia Nissan - 705 Jamestown St., Columbia, KY 42728 - (888) 929-7915
  22. Don Franklin Somerset Kia - 60 Highway 2227, Somerset, KY 42503 - (877) 280-1084

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.

Customer Rewards
On top of all of that, we want our customers to have more than a reliable new or used vehicle and access to expert service, we offer them our unique and proprietary Customer Rewards program with discounts at over 120 other Kentucky businesses, as well as real savings through sales and service purchases at any Don Franklin store. And 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 in to any one of our stores and allow us the opportunity to serve you.