As I sat in Scott’s office at Scott Crump Toyota, located at 3815 Hwy 78 East, talking with him while Mike ate his lunch from Five Loaves Bakery, Scott told me a story that originated in Downtown …
As I sat in Scott’s office at Scott Crump Toyota, located at 3815 Hwy 78 East, talking with him while Mike ate his lunch from Five Loaves Bakery, Scott told me a story that originated in Downtown Jasper, my heart home. What is now regularly awarded Toyota’s Highest Percentage of Sales Objective in District 6 which covers the Southeast United States started with a WWII veteran, Hollis Crump, and his wife Elizabeth, Scott’s grandparents, opening a car lot in the now Jasper Main Street district.
This Jasper car dynasty began when Hollis Crump, awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, returned from the U.S. Army in 1945, where he was one of the many that stormed the beaches of Normandy. He married Elizabeth that same year and in 1946 they had a son John. Hollis Crump Motors was created and located on Birmingham Avenue in Downtown Jasper. After many successful years of car sales and surviving Normandy, Hollis tragically died in a house fire when John was only 16. After his death, Elizabeth renamed the dealership E & J Crump Motors for Elizabeth and John, who sold his first car at age 12. John later renamed the business John Crump Motors when he bought out his mother, and then he acquired the Toyota dealership in 1972. Not through working yet, Elizabeth came back to work for John as a saleswoman.
John trained Scott from the bottom up in the business: when Scott was 12, John paid him to pick up the trash around the lot at .25 an hour; then he moved on to washing cars; worked in the parts department; graduated to the service department; did a stint in accounting and as a car salesman; finally making it to the manager of Used Cars, then New Cars, and General Manager at age 22. At this time, the business was called John Crump Toyota, and John later opened John Crump Mazda. This is the point where Mike admitted to me that when going through his mid-life crisis in 2007, he walked in the Mazda dealership, test drove a convertible Miata, and bought it that day…..human men never cease to amaze me.
Scott began to buy out John in 1992, and today we have Scott Crump and his partner Joe Bongiovanni “Dancin’ in the Streets!” Scott and Joe are quite literally supplying Downtown Jasper with the ability to dance in the streets since Scott Crump Toyota was the primary funder of our sound system that streams music 13 hours a day on the Square. Plans to enlarge the sound system footprint in all directions are well underway. A big thanks also goes to attorney Greg Ellis for housing the sound system brain in his office above Los Reyes Grill!
While John is officially out of the car business, Scott says that John comes in to sell a car 2-3 times a year because customers will sometimes request him. Also, with Scott’s brother Randy just down the road owning Friendly Auto Sales, your odds of finding a Crump selling a car are excellent! The tie to Downtown Jasper continues with John and his wife Lisa recently purchasing the former synagogue Temple Emanu-El on 5th Avenue located within the Jasper Main Street district and totally renovating it for their real estate offices.
Let’s go unleashed Dancin’ in the Streets of Downtown Jasper and celebrate the Crump family! #jaspermainstreet #flourishwithus #pawtographslaterdahling