A New Era for JC Whitney

Same great service. Upgraded site experience. First-ever line of accessories.

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JC Whitney has stayed in motion for more than a century, and we are constantly evolving to bring our customers quality auto parts at the best value.

As JC Whitney looks forward to the next 100 years, we remain innovative with our first-ever line of accessories and overall relaunch on CarParts.com. Built on decades of experience and energy, we're excited to provide you the same dedicated service, but upgraded with an even better shopping experience along with the right parts to do the things you love—and to do them better!

With CarParts.com's newly redesigned vehicle selector and website—which is faster, more user-friendly, and completely mobile responsive—we'll be able to better serve our community with next-level convenience. We'll be moving over on July 16th, and look forward to getting you set up in our new home. If you have a JC Whitney account, we'll automatically create one for you on CarParts.com. For more information on account and email subscription transfers, orders in progress, warranties, and more, check out our FAQ section below.

Rest assured, while we're moving over to a new domain, the JC Whitney brand you've known and loved all these years will live on as an in-house brand at CarParts.com. We're thrilled to continue our legacy of driving adventure with our dynamic new line, which will transform your vehicle for off-road quests, overland journeys, and family experiences.

Find out more below, and stay tuned for more updates!

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Our Heritage

The story of JC Whitney extends across generations, woven tightly into the enduring fabric that is America's love affair with the automobile. Our heritage is built upon innovation, and a deep commitment to serving our customers to the very best of our abilities. Evolving with the times has been a huge part of that.

Step back in time to some of the key moments in our journey.

1915

With the automobile industry booming and Ford Model Ts gaining popularity towards the beginning of World War I, a Lithuanian immigrant named Israel Warshawsky recognized a great need and opportunity—selling affordable replacement parts to keep Tin Lizzies on the road. He realized his American dream by opening Chicago’s first large salvage yard, Warshawsky & Co., on the South Side at State Street and Archer Avenue.

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1930

During the Great Depression, the automotive aftermarket was more essential than ever. Buying a new car was not an option for most, and with cars as the main means of getting to work for many, auto repair and maintenance were key. This led to further growth for Warshawsky & Co., so by 1930, the company expanded into four retail stores, including a large retail center alongside the salvage yard on State Street.

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1937
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Israel's son, Roy, joined the business and convinced his father to take Warshawsky & Co. to the national level by rebranding the company as JC Whitney with the slogan, "Everything Automotive," and distributing their print catalog beyond Chicago shops and mechanics to consumers all across the U.S. With a few phone calls and a $60 ad in Popular Mechanics, the first-ever JC Whitney mail-order catalog was born. In the ad, readers were invited to send 25 cents for their own copy of the “giant auto parts catalog," which drummed up a tremendous response.

1954

During the post-WWII "baby boom" of the 1950s, JC Whitney continued to thrive, thanks in large part to the rise of new families and the success of full-page classified ads in magazines such as Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. These ads and catalogs of the time reflected the boost in demand for vehicles with big, bold style, as well as the parts to build and accessorize them.

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1960

By the 1960s, JC Whitney was a household name and an automotive icon with catalogs that had become a staple in every garage across America. They were famous for the fun, quirky trinkets that could be found in their pages, aside from your everyday car parts.

1970

As performance and muscle cars took over the streets, JC Whitney began to offer automotive accessories with a little more flair, including gauges, wacky hood ornaments, horns, auxiliary lights, and vinyl van murals.

1995

The first JC Whitney Hot Wheels model—a clean, classic '56 Chevy Flashsider—hit the market.

Chevy Flashrider
1997

In the early days of the ecommerce era, JC Whitney opened its warehouse in LaSalle, IL, and launched JCWhitney.com.

1999

JC Whitney held its first car show, which began a yearly tradition of hosting the largest audience-judged show in Central Illinois on the first Sunday in May.

2015

To celebrate JC Whitney's 100th anniversary, the company held the JC Whitney Centennial Sweepstakes, during which entrants signed up for a chance to win their choice of two custom vehicles: a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited or a Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4X4. The winner was announced at SEMA Ignited, during a special presentation that honored founding father and Automotive Hall of Famer Roy Warshawsky.

2020

JC Whitney has relaunched on CarParts.com, providing customers with an upgraded, ultimately convenient shopping experience in our new home. The team is now gearing up for the release of JC Whitney’s first-ever line of accessories, starting with truck and Jeep products. Stay tuned for upcoming product launches!

What's Next?

JC Whitney's new line of quality accessories will empower our customers to drive their own adventures, building on the legacy of a passionate founder who had an American dream to create a family business and grow it into a major distributor.

Our dynamic new line will begin with accessories for Jeep and truck owners, and eventually expand into classic car accessories as well.

Throughout this period of growth, we will bolster our relationships in the automotive industry, returning to automotive shows, connecting with individual shops, and forging bonds with major retailers.

The legacy continues. New adventures await. We can’t wait to show you what's in store.

Frequently Asked
Questions

General

We want to provide you with the best auto parts shopping experience, which is why JC Whitney has a new home at CarParts.com. This will allow us to better serve our customers, thanks to the newly redesigned CarParts.com website—it's faster, more user-friendly, and completely mobile responsive.

JC Whitney and CarParts.com are both subsidiaries of the same parent company, U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., so you can expect the same competitive pricing on direct-fit, top-quality automotive parts.

Orders

All orders placed through JC Whitney will be fulfilled and will arrive as scheduled. If you have an existing account with CarParts.com under the same email address as your JC Whitney account, your order will automatically show up in your CarParts.com account.

If you have an account with JC Whitney but do not have one with CarParts.com, we will automatically create an account for you using the information you previously provided. You will be able to log in using the same credentials associated with your JC Whitney account. You will also be able to see any outstanding JC Whitney orders in your new CarParts.com account.

Shipping will not be affected. All orders are expected to arrive as scheduled. If you are expecting an order from JC Whitney that is scheduled to arrive on or after July 16, 2020, please be on the lookout for email updates on your order.

You can also check your order status in your new account with CarParts.com, which will be automatically created for you if you have an existing account with JC Whitney.

All customers will receive an email with tracking details once their orders have shipped. The email will also include a link where you can view shipment status and sign up for SMS/text notifications. If you placed an order on JC Whitney prior to July 16, 2020, please expect an email with shipping and tracking information from CarParts.com.

If you had an existing account with JC Whitney, we will automatically create an account for you on CarParts.com, which you will be able to access with the same JCW login credentials. Any outstanding JC Whitney orders will be transferred to your new CarParts.com account.

You may also get updates on your order by contacting the CarParts.com sales team at 1-866-529-0412 or by clicking here to send an email to our customer advocate team.

No worries! CarParts.com will process exchanges and returns for any purchases made on JC Whitney, as long as they are within the guidelines of JC Whitney's return and exchange policy.

For additional inquiries, please click here to send an email to the CarParts.com customer advocate team.

Accounts

If you previously had an account with JC Whitney, all of the information you provided will be transferred to your new CarParts.com account, which will be automatically created for you. You will be able to log in using the same credentials associated with your JC Whitney account.

If you already have an existing account with CarParts.com under the same email as your JC Whitney account, any outstanding orders that you may have placed with JC Whitney prior to our website consolidation will automatically be transferred to your CarParts.com account.

If you were previously subscribed to the JC Whitney mailing list, your account will be transferred to CarParts.com. After the consolidation, you will start receiving newsletters and promotional emails from CarParts.com.

This is covered under "Use of Information" section in the JC Whitney Privacy Policy:

"Business Transfers. If we are acquired by or merged with another company, if substantially all of our assets are transferred to another company, or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, we may transfer the information we have collected from you to the acquiring company. You acknowledge and agree that any successor to our acquirer, our company or the Sites will continue to have the right to use your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy."

If you would like to stop receiving newsletters, promotions, and discounts from CarParts.com, please click the "Unsubscribe" link in the footer of these emails.

Warranties

Yes. CarParts.com will uphold all valid warranties on parts ordered from JC Whitney. If you need further assistance, please click here to send an email to the CarParts.com customer advocate team.

Customer Support

For sales inquiries, please call us at 1-866-529-0412. For all other inquiries, please click here to send an email to the customer advocate team at CarParts.com.

Note: All calls to JC Whitney hotlines will be redirected to the CarParts.com customer service team.