Orr Automotive opened their first lot in 1927. Now they have more than 30 locations in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. This huge selection is a large part of what makes Orr Auto Mall in Russellville such a popular spot. “You have up to 500-plus vehicles to choose from,” says manager James Parker. Sitting underneath a huge American flag, their Russellville business boasts both new and preowned selections, and is located at 3115 East Main Street.
Whether you go into the Russellville location or choose to browse online, potential customers have access to inventory on all of Orr’s 32 lots across the region. They sell everything from Chrysler to Hyundai. You can browse the lot on site or sit down at one of their desks in-store and look through the online selection to choose your next vehicle, which can then be delivered to Russellville. “Whether it’s a new Chevy or a new Volkswagen, we have a lot that has it,” says Parker. “You can sit at one desk and see everything that’s been made.”
Some customers choose to do all their shopping online, a unique benefit of the Orr experience says Parker. He tells the story of one customer who did all their researching and shopping online, including the financing. He came into the shop for the delivery and to sign the paperwork. “It’s the most convenient way to shop there is,” says Parker.
But for those who choose to do their shopping in person, coming into the store is a fun experience, Parker adds. “We make it fun buying a car. People tell us their guts hurt from laughing and joking the whole time they’re here,” he laughs.
The Russellville location is known for 150 foot flagpole hoisting a 40 by 80 foot American flag, says Parker, and “ it’s the largest flag flown in the state of Arkansas.” It’s dedicated to the memory of Robert, Wes and Julie Harris, and Phillip Cowger, victims of an airplane crash in Pope County on October 29, 2015. Robert, Wes, and Julie were the sons and daughter of John Harris, founder of Valley Motors, who sold the dealership to Orr. The Harris siblings played a central role in growing the business in the River Valley. Phillip Cowger was a well-respected pilot with over 10,000 hours logged.
In addition to Orr’s huge new selection, they also have over 1,300 pre-owned vehicles in their inventory and every vehicle can be to delivered to Russellville. All their vehicles are certified with a lifetime warranty, which means customers can feel safe buying something preowned. “We won’t sell anything that won’t make our lifetime warranty,” says Parker.
Orr automotive is known for their investment in the community. “We support downtown concerts, ball teams, horse riding, rodeos, all the schools; there isn’t anything we aren’t doing,” says Parker. “We almost never tell anyone no.” Orr is particularly proud to sponsor the downtown events,” adds Parker. He notes that having a larger budget allows them to give back in big ways.
You can view their selection and learn more at www.orrnissanarkansas.com