Barker Motor Company has been serving McLean County since 1935 and is proud to represent Buick, GMC, and Cadillac on Veterans Parkway in Bloomington, and Chevrolet, just a short drive up I-55 @ exit #178 in Lexington. We are also proud to represent GM Certified Used Cars, at both convenient locations that must pass extensive 172-point inspections. For over 7 decades Barker has watched franchises and competition come and go. A few basic principles contribute to the company's success; good service, fair pricing, quality products and "doing unto others as we would have them do unto us". Words are only words unless they are supported with deeds.
1935 – Alden F. Barker II moved to Bloomington from Danville to open the Oldsmobile dealership located at 407 W. Washington Street.
1945 – Barker moved the Oldsmobile dealership to 310 N. Lee Street in Bloomington.
1956 – Alden sold the dealership to his two sons Al and Bill Barker.
1971 – The Lee Street location was sold to the City of Bloomington to build a fire station. The store was then moved to the current location at 2030 Ireland Grove Road.
1978 – The Barker brothers expanded the dealership by purchasing the Cadillac franchise for the area.
1994 – Barker’s product offering became even more diverse when they purchased the GMC franchise in 1994.
1999 – Al and Bill Barker sold the dealership to the current owners Dan Traeger and Tim Johnson.
2001 – GM downsized and cut out the Oldsmobile brand. Barker changed the name to Barker GMC Cadillac.
2003 – The dealership diversified its product line once again by becoming a GMC Medium Duty Truck dealer.
2004 – Barker purchased the Chevrolet franchise in Lexington, Illinois and named it Barker Chevrolet.
2011 - GM awarded Barker Motor Co. the Buick franchise.
2012 - All new showroom, offices and services. Reception areas added to better serve our customers.