Louis Edgar Austin 1896-1948
Louis, (shown on the left in the above photo), opened Georgia Auto Parts located at 714 Marietta Street NW Atlanta GA in the early 1920s. In 1932, Louis moved Georgia Auto Parts to 1036 Bankhead Hwy. Louis rebuilt engines for Sears and Roebuck, delivering then throughout the Southeast. He is credited with being the first company to go out over 50 miles and recover damaged vehicles. It was customary, before that, for the owner to abandon a smashed T-model on the side of the road and eventually a highway construction crew would plow them under. Louis would rebuild the damage T-model. For $35, you could trade in a broken down T-model for one reconditioned. Of course you had your choice of colors as long as it was black.
Charles Edward Austin 1920-1984
Charles worked for his father rebuilding engines. He delivered then throughout Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Parts were delivered to bus stations in your hometown. In 1947, Charles built and opened Austin's Auto Parts located at 947 Bankhead Avenue. In 1953, Charles sold the business to Dixie Auto Parts. Charles moved across the street at 966 Bankhead Avenue and opened Austin's Used Trucks. The business mainly rebuilt and sold used trucks. He also sold used truck parts. For every three trucks purchased, two were rebuilt and the last was used as parts.
Jerry Edward Austin 1939-
Jerry went to work for his father in 1969. Jerry managed the sales operation until gaining partnership in 1974. Austin's moved to 6001 Fairburn Road Douglasville Georgia, (photo above). The business grew from an inventory of $50,000 to over one million dollars by 1984. Due to the expansions of the City of Douglasville, Austin's moved to its current location at 2545 Cochran Ind Blvd Douglasville GA. Jerry built a business based on trust. With referrals and repeat customers, the business grew to over 11 acres. Although retired, Jerry still maintains an active role in the decisions of Austin's Used Truck.
Stephen Edward Austin 1962-
Stephen went to work for his father in 1991. Austin's became less dependent on rebuilding mid-range trucks. In 1994, Stephen started reorganizing Austin's to a truck and auto parts operation. The business was renamed and incorporated to Austin's Used Truck Parts and Equipment Co., Inc. Today, Austin's uses the Hollander Yard Management System to manage 20 acres of used parts to sell to the public. Austin's is also on the Hollander EDEN system to located any truck or auto part. Austin's purchased a car crusher in 2002 to recycle autos and trucks. The future of Austin's is to make a section in the yard for individuals to pull their own parts.
Paul Edward Austin 1995-
Paul is currently helping in the towing business and part sales at Austin's.