Otis Martindale, Our Founder

Principled and Fair Minded

Otis MartindaleOur founder, Otis Martindale grew up during a time in history that most of us in today's business world find hard to imagine. That time was the great depression.  It was a time when all that many a good man owned was his personal integrity. A time when a man's word was his bond and his handshake his guarantee. 

Growing up in this time of hardship with the guidance of Christian parents formed in Otis the qualities of honesty and fairness which would later serve him well in the business world. The Martindales were a farm family and through hard work and thriftiness were able to make it through the hard times better than many families.

They always had food on the table and were able to sell some of their surplus produce to buy other necessities. However during this time many things were in short supply and couldn't be had even if you had money to buy them. The Martindale farmhouse was located just off of a major highway in north Texas and there was many a hungry traveler came by that went away well fed. It has been said that no one ever left Mrs. Martindale's kitchen hungry.

Auto Parts Sales

From Groceries to Auto Parts

Otis's first major venture into the business world was a small grocery store on West Henderson in Cleburne, Texas which was started with funds which Mary Jo, Otis's wife and lifelong partner, saved during his service in WWII. Then in the 1950's Otis and Jo bought a service station in Blum, Texas and in the 1960's they started selling auto parts at this location.

It was during this time that Judy Martindale was a young girl growing up around the auto parts business. She says her daddy just couldn't stand it if he had a customer that needed a part and he didn't have it. If he didn't have it he would go get it.

The reason this bothered Otis so much is due to the hard times that Otis had witnessed as a child when people couldn't get what they needed. It was now a time of plenty and if one of his customers needed something he was determined that they should have it!

4M Parts Warehouse

We Carry The Parts You Need

By the early seventies Otis, Jo and their three oldest sons had opened a second retail store in Cleburne Texas and in 1978 4M Parts Warehouse was started in a leased building. After suffering through a devastating flood in 1979 the wholesale warehouse business grew rather fast and in 1982 moved to its current location at 402 E. Chambers.

As everyone in the auto parts business knows, this industry has changed dramatically since Otis's early days. In the 1960's  you could stock about  20 starters and alternators and have coverage for 90 to 95 percent of the cars on the American road. How many hundreds would it take to have this coverage in today's market?

Even though we have nearly tripled our stock within the last ten years we know it would be virtually impossible to stock every part for every automobile ever made.  Knowing this can we really expect to carry Otis's rule of trying to never say "no" on a part into the 21st. Century? The answer to this is yes, this will always be our goal.

Daily Auto Part Runs

Getting Parts to You Fast!

At 4M Parts Warehouse, we intend to use whatever innovative ideas and technology available to us to achieve this end. However, our first line of attack on this situation is to never forget another old Otis rule, "If you don't have it, go get it!".  We have several trucks that make daily auto part runs all over the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.

If the needed auto part can be had from any of our many auto part suppliers, we will be picked up that day and have it ready for shipment on that customer's next delivery. Our continued plans are to keep expanding our auto parts inventory, keep looking for new auto parts suppliers, and to expand our auto parts delivery routes.  We pride ourselves in the ability to have the most auto parts available at a reasonable price and with the fastest delivery.

In Memoriam

Our Loss is Heaven's Gain

Otis has now been out of the auto parts business for many years, but his forward thinking has stood the test of time. After a long bout with leukemia, he was taken to "That house not made with hands eternal in the heavens"  on January 26, 2004.  

Areas Served

Dallas Fort / Worth Auto Parts Distributor

4M Parts Warehouse serves customers with's warehouse counter sales located at 402 E Chambers Street in Cleburne, Texas. We also have several Auto Value Auto Parts locations to serve you throughout north Texas. Automotive service repair shops can order their needed auto parts online and we'll deliver them fast!