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February 15, 1968 – Jack Medlin Sr. opened Jack’s Used Cars at 1009 North Church Street, in Rocky Mount, NC. He began selling cars at the age of 27, buying $300-$1000 cars.
1974 – Gas went from $0.14 to $1.00 per gallon, creating a huge shortage all over the country.
1980s – Jack Sr. began a slow transition from selling less expensive cars to newer, late model cars. During this time, interest rates skyrocketed, making it very challenging to buy and sell cars.
1980s – Interest rates skyrocketed making it very challenging to buy and sell cars.
1985 – Jack Medlin Jr. began working with his father at Jacks Used Cars.
1989 – Jeff Medlin joined the car business.
1994 – Brothers, Jack Jr. and Jeff bought a vacant Volkswagen building less than 3 miles away from Jacks Used Cars in Rocky Mount. There plan was to copy their father’s business and sell only used cars.
1996 – Purchased Hyundai and started their presence as New Car dealers. At this time Hyundai was a struggling franchise at the bottom of the totem pole.
1997 – Jack Sr. ventured out and purchased a Chevrolet dealership in Little River, SC. Three years later, he sold the business and returned to selling used cars.
1999 – Just weeks after Hurricane Dennis came through, another powerful hurricane hit Rocky Mount. Hurricane Floyd left 30% of Rocky Mount flooded for several days including Jacks Used Cars. The Tar River, which runs directly beside the lot, experienced the worst flooding ever recorded and crested 24 feet above flood level. The water rose level with the desks in the offices and destroyed every vehicle on the lot.
2001 – Jack Jr. and Jeff expanded their business and purchased Medlin Buick GMC in Wilson, NC.
2005 – Jack Jr. and Jeff added Mazda to the Wilson location.
2009 – GM filed bankruptcy and had to cut 1,100 dealers off as part of their restructure. Thankfully, the Medlin family survived through this tough time, which made us stronger as a family and business.
2011 – The Medlin’s were again affected by Mother Nature. This time, by a tornado. It did significant damage to the building and completely destroyed the detail department, throwing a boat and dumpster on top of the building. The windows were blown out of all the cars, while flying debris caused exterior damage.
2012 – After working out of the damaged building for almost a year, our team did a phenomenal job keeping us up and running while packing up and moving across town to a temporary, vacant building on September 13, 2012 to allow for a complete remodel of our dealership.
2013- It took a full year to complete, but exactly 365 days later on September 14, we moved into our brand new facility!
2013- President’s Award for Hyundai. 2017 – Wilson Daily Times voted Medlin Buick GMC the best place to buy a new car and best service department.
2017 – Medlin continues to grow with the new Medlin Chevrolet in Ayden, NC. previously Winner Chevrolet.