In 1991 Lance and Ann Mirkin opened Barks Auto Sales, a used car lot on Frankford Avenue, under the el train in Philadelphia. They named Barks after their five children, with each letter standing for one of their first names. Barks began on a fenced lot with eight used cars and an office trailer with no running water. Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, that small lot grew into a chain of six used car stores throughout the Philadelphia area.
In 2004 they purchased a vacation home in the Pocono Mountains and would go there every weekend for rest & relaxation. Right after buying the vacation house they purchased two snowmobiles from a Yamaha dealer in the Poconos. In 2007 the Yamaha dealership went out of business, and Barks Auto sales ended up buying the dealership, saving everyone's jobs, and moving the business across the street to a seven-acre property that Barks had acquired two months prior. They opened their doors on April 1, 2007, and sold a full line of Yamaha products.
From day one they realized that service was the key to staying in business, and in 2008 they added the Yamaha Golf Cart line. In 2012 they added Star EV and the Polaris brand. In 2013 they added EZ-GO Golf Carts. Their parts and service managers have worked here since 1999. Despite being in a low populated area, they are the largest seller of new and used retail golf carts in Pennsylvania. They are Pro Yamaha as well as VIP Polaris. Over the years their two sons, Ken and Blake, have joined the business, sending them into their second generation.
They are the largest Polaris stocking dealer in Northeast Pennsylvania and have the largest selection of new and used golf carts. They are the only Pro Yamaha dealer in Northeast Pennsylvania. They are open seven days a week and close only on Christmas day and New Year's Day. They deliver from Long Island New York to State College, and from the Jersey shore to Binghamton, New York.
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