Terrebonne Motor Co Inc. first opened its doors as the only franchised Ford dealer in Terrebonne parish on August 14, 1917. Richard Barker Jr. assumed control of the company in 1940 with only fifteen employees. The Barker family continues ownership today with their fourth generation of Ford dealers who have grown the company to over 100 employees and annual gross sales of over 80 million dollars.
Service to the customer and community has always been in the forefront of the Barker’s business philosophy. Dick Barker Jr. began his career selling parts on the roads of rural south Louisiana and was brought up in the service end of the business. Dickie Barker III learned some of his most valuable lessons in the service department as well. “You know more about people when you start in service” he says. “You understand what owning a car is all about. You learn to appreciate the customer’s concerns.” Our current gerneration of Barkers-Ann, Brett and Chris along with fifth generation member, John Jaccuzzo, have all spent their first years learning the ropes in Terrebonne’s parts, service and body shop departments before taking on their current career assignments.
“We’ve grown to be one of the largest sales volume dealerships in Louisiana with price being only part of the equation. “ Says Brett Barker, president of Terrebonne Motor co. “Not only do we stock one of the largest inventories of new and used vehicles in the area, we also are one of the only “full service” dealerships in the state. We’re one of the only dealerships who can offer onsite rental vehicles and its own body shop to compliment our sales, parts and service departments.”
The Barker Family and the staff of Terrebonne Motor Co Inc. express thanks and appreciation to the people of south Louisiana who have supported them for almost 100 years of business.