Carl Barnett, Sr.

From his humble beginnings as a cotton sharecropper in Arkansas, to his very decorated career as now, President of the Barnett Auto Group, Carl is no stranger to hard work and accomplishment. From crane operator to a g eneral supervisor at Buick, to enrolling in the General Motors Dealer Academy, Carl has over 18 years of factory experience, coupled with his success below.


  • 1989: Partnered with GM for Barnett Oldsmobile
  • 1991: Purchased GMC Pontiac of Houston, added Baytown Hyundai
  • 1993-1997: Board of Directors for General Motors Minority Dealer Associations
  • 1996: Black Enterprise Dealer of Year
  • 1998: GM Minority Managing Partner of 3 GMC/Pontiac Franchises
  • 2000: Ranked 18th out of the Top 100 Minority Dealers of the United States
  • 2000: Purchased Paris Ford Lincoln
  • 2003: Purchased Gorman McCracken VW Mazda (Longview)
  • 2004: First African American to Chair the National Automobile Dealer Association Convention (NADA)
  • 2005: Received the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award
  • 2013: Purchased Onion Creek VW (Austin)
  • First minority to be on the Board of Directors for the NADA
  • Head of the Diversity, Government, Information Technology, and Industry Relations Committees for NADA
  • Governing Board Member for National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)


CJ Barnett

A natural born leader, following in his father's footsteps, CJ is now a business executive and Vice President of the Barnett Auto Group. That title was earned, not given, as he sat in nearly every chair in the dealership, from porter to general manager, and everything in between.


  • Graduated from the NADA Academy in McLean, VA
  • Majored in Automobile Marketing at Northwood University in Midland, VA
  • Recognized as General Motors Youngest Dealer Manager
  • First Generation Minority Owner for GM in Fredericksburg, VA
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Automobile Dealer Association (TADA)
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)


Barnett Auto Group

  • Gorman McCracken Mazda & VW: (903) 686-9319
  • Onion Creek VW: (833) 561-7717
  • Paris Ford Lincoln: (888) 412-7824


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About Your Local Auto Group

With locations in Austin, Longview, and Paris, Texas, Barnett Auto Group is proud to be your first choice for new cars and quality auto service. Whether you're looking for your next vehicle or looking for quality repairs and maintenance, you can always count on our friendly and knowledgeable team to provide exceptional service. Whether you're visiting Onion Creek Volkswagen, Gorman McCracken Volkswagen, Gorman McCracken Mazda, Paris Ford, or Paris Lincoln, we're dedicated to providing a superior service experience all around. If you have any questions about the lineup, our used car inventory, or parts and service, contact us now, or visit one of our dealerships for an exciting test drive!

Find Your Next Car at Barnett Auto Group

At Barnett Auto Group, we love making the car buying process easy and pressure-free to ensure you find the perfect vehicle for you and your family. To get started, feel free to browse our extensive new and used vehicle inventories from our website. Are you looking to maximize your budget? Check out our current incentives and used cars priced under $10,000 for some of the very best offerings on our lot.  You can even calculate the value of your trade-in and estimate your future monthly payments. For personalized assistance, stop by and visit us at one of our Austin, Longview, and Paris, TX locations for help!

Certified Service & Parts

When you need reliable auto service you can count on, look first to the professionals that know your vehicle best. At our auto service center, we have the resources you need to keep your Volkswagen Atlas or Ford Explorer running optimally for years of worry-free driving. If you have any questions or you need to order a car part, give us a call, schedule online, or swing by one of our service centers today. Barnett Auto Group is happy to serve drivers from Austin, Longview, and Paris, TX!