Used GMC Dealer

What do two brothers living and working in Detroit in the 1900s have to do with a used GMC dealer like Guntersville Chevrolet? Absolutely everything. Brothers Max and Morris Grabowsky are the keystone of the GMC brand and, by extension, our dealership. Without their innovation and persistence, the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company wouldn’t have caught the attention of General Motors founder William C Durant who bought enough stock in the company that Rapid eventually fell under GM’s corporate umbrella.

The Grabowsky’s truck prototype set the benchmark for the GMC brand and ultimately laid the first brick in the company’s foundation. The truck was not only capable, but it was also affordable, and this made it more accessible to consumers. A total of 75 trucks were sold from 1902 to 1904, which was remarkable at the time.

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We see this tradition continue throughout GMC’s history to the present day, whether you’re looking at used trucks like the Canyon and Sierra or used SUVs like the Terrain, Acadia, and Yukon. GMC models offer exceptional capability, versatility, and value. They’re inundated with innovative features, conveniences, and luxuries that prove that workhorses and SUVs can be opulent, practical, and fun to drive. This is exactly what you’ll find here at Guntersville Chevrolet, your home for used GMC models.

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The GMC Legacy

Brothers Max and Morris Grabowsky were passionate tinkerers and innovators who built their first commercial truck prototype in 1900 under Grabowsky Motor Vehicle Company. Although their first truck was underpowered, they refused to give up and built another, more powerful model that they sold to the American Garment Cleaning Company in 1902. The truck is credited with being the first gas-powered commercial vehicle in the city of Detroit.

Rebranding themselves as the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, the Grabowksys produced 75 Rapid trucks from 1902 to 1904. As demand increased, they built an assembly plant and expanded the lineup to include 20 different models to meet the unique demands of their customers. These models soon caught the attention of William C Durant, who founded General Motors and immediately started buying stock in Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. Within a year, GM owned the majority of stock in the Grabowksy’s company, making it a subsidiary of the newly formed conglomerate.

GM’s acquisition of the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company quickly proved profitable as the Rapid truck made history in 1909 when it became the first commercial truck to climb Colorado’s Pike’s Peak. Demand for the truck soared, and GM grew right along with it, paving the way for the future of the General Motors Truck Company or GMC. By 1912, the Rapid name was officially replaced by GMC. Three years later, General Motors formed the GMC Truck Division dedicated solely to developing capable workhorses.

Over the next several decades, these workhorses ranged from half-ton trucks to 10-ton models and six-wheel-drive military trucks that served the American military in World War II. Following the war, GMC refocused its attention on the civilian market and gave drivers many options for work and fun with models like the Suburban and Wideside pickups, the Handi-Van, Jimmy, and Sprint. Suddenly, GMC was the brand of choice for drivers looking for luxury, capability, and versatility, all of which GMC delivered with ease.

As time progressed, GMC evolved to meet the demands of its customers and, simultaneously, introduced a new era of technology and capability. The best-selling C/K truck led to the modern-day Sierra just as the Jimmy transformed into the Yukon. Other SUVs joined the fleet along with the top-tier Denali trim that set the GMC lineup further apart from its competitors; luxury never looked so good.

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GMC Sierra and Sierra HD

Although the legacy of GMC trucks goes back the better part of a century, you are not going to find many models that predate the Sierra here at our dealership. The GMC Sierra pickup first debuted with the 1988 model year––prior to that, it had shared the C/K naming convention along with Chevy trucks. Starting in 1988, GMC switched to the Sierra name, which was previously used for the top trim of the C/K. Despite the name change, however, the Sierra still shared a platform with Chevy’s popular pickup, and that continues to this day with the Sierra and the Silverado.

Since its introduction in the late 1980s, the GMC Sierra has been through numerous generations and established itself as a powerful and sophisticated pickup. The Sierra 1500 is a full-size, light-duty truck that is perfect for anyone looking for a vehicle that can handle both work and play. These models are especially popular among our customers who work in the trades as they deliver impressive payload and towing capacities. If you are looking for a truck that can haul a bed full of drywall, lumber, or bags of cement throughout the week and pull your boat to Guntersville Lake or the Tennessee River on the weekend, then the Sierra is a fantastic choice.

While the half-ton Sierra 1500 is an amazing pickup in its own right, if you need something with more muscle, then GMC has you covered with two other options. The Sierra 2500 HD is a medium-duty pickup that gives you more payload capacity and towing while still giving you great options and features inside and out. If you need even more power, then the GMC Sierra 3500 HD is a one-ton heavy-duty truck that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. Although used Sierra HD models work well for a wide range of situations, they are especially well-suited to gooseneck or fifth-wheel towing and can pull tremendous amounts of weight.

GMC Canyon

For anyone looking for the bold performance and exquisite styling of a GMC truck but who needs something smaller than a full-size model like the Sierra, a used GMC Canyon is a terrific option. The Canyon is a midsize truck that still delivers impressive payload and towing capacities while fitting more easily into a wide range of lifestyles. First debuting for the 2004 model year, the Canyon replaced the GMC Sonoma, which had replaced the GMC S-15 in 1994, and is built on the same platform as the Chevy Colorado. You can see how far back these impressive trucks go, and GM’s engineers and designers have clearly learned a lot over the decades, taking lessons and improving on the Canyon with each new model.

When the Canyon was first released, it was a smaller option and sold as a compact truck from the 2004 to 2012 model years. As the popularity of compact pickups declined throughout the 2000s, GMC ceased production on the Canyon for 2013 and 2014 to give it a full redesign. When the GMC Canyon returned for the 2015 model year, it had become a midsize truck and showcased an incredible combination of style, power, and advanced technology. In the years since its return, the Canyon has continued to thrill drivers and is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for impressive capability in a smaller size than the GMC Sierra.

A grey 2018 GMC Terrain SLT and a red Terrain Denali are shown in front of a modern building.

GMC Terrain

The modern GMC lineup has something for just about everyone, which includes an impressive selection of SUV models for you to choose from. Within this array of family-friendly vehicles, the GMC Terrain is a compact crossover SUV that is the perfect choice if you are looking for something that can fit into a modest lifestyle. One thing worth noting, however, is that it has not always been quite so compact; when it was first released for the 2010 model year, the Terrain was classified as a midsize crossover model. If you are looking at different used GMC models, then these kinds of differences from year to year can be quite important, so keep that in mind as you are shopping.

Throughout its first generation, the Terrain received numerous updates and even a major refresh for the 2016 model year. The second generation of the GMC Terrain was launched for the 2018 model year, and at that time, it became a compact model rather than a midsize option. Of particular note when shopping for a used GMC Terrain is that it is available in GMC’s luxurious Denali trim, with fantastic features inside and out. If you are looking at used models and want to find something truly special, then keep your eye out for a Terrain Denali and the advanced technology, luxurious sophistication, and impressive features it has to offer.

GMC Acadia

If you want something larger than the GMC Terrain, consider a used Acadia, a midsize crossover SUV with amazing features and a spacious interior for you to enjoy. The Acadia first premiered for the 2007 model year, and much like the Terrain, it has changed quite a bit over the years. The Acadia was classified as a full-size crossover model when it was first released. This is important to keep in mind as you are looking at models from different years; it remained a full-size model throughout its first generation, which lasted until 2016. During these years, it was updated numerous times, including a facelift for 2013 and multiple upgrades each year.

The second generation of the Acadia launched with the 2017 model year, and it was redesigned as a midsize crossover model that is slightly smaller in length and width, as well as being significantly lighter overall. Another important thing to consider when looking at used GMC Acadias is that first-generation models remained available for 2017 as the Acadia Limited. The Acadia received a facelift for the 2020 model year and has remained an impressive option in the years following its introduction. If you are looking for a midsize SUV, it is important to remember that older Terrain models and newer Acadia models will both fit that class.

A grey 2020 GMC Yukon is shown driving on an empty road.

GMC Yukon

Although the GMC Jimmy had been available for many years, the GMC Yukon was introduced as its replacement for the 1992 model year. This is a full-size SUV with a lot of room inside for passengers and cargo alike, which comes with a powerful engine that makes it a lot of fun to drive. As you might imagine, the Yukon has changed numerous times since its introduction more than 30 years ago, and during that time, it has established itself as an industry leader. It shares a platform with the Chevy Tahoe, though it has a notable reputation for impressive luxury and a sophisticated design that you cannot find elsewhere.

The first generation of the GMC Yukon ran from 1992 to 1999, with the second generation that launched in 2000 adding a larger Yukon XL option that makes it longer and allows for much more interior space. A third generation started in 2007, and a fourth generation kicked off in 2015. The latest redesign for the Yukon occurred for the 2021 model year. There is no denying that a used Yukon is an impressive and sophisticated model, though if you really want the height of luxury, then look for the unsurpassed Denali trim.

Guntersville Chevrolet: Who We Are

Innovation requires thinking outside the box and challenging the norm. The Grabowsky brothers did this when they designed their commercial truck prototypes to fulfill an obvious need in Detroit’s industries. Here at Guntersville Chevrolet, we believe that thinking outside the box is a great way to honor GMC’s legacy and our rich history as your premier used truck dealer. So, how are we innovative?

Think about your last experience buying a vehicle. Did you feel pressured into buying? Did the salesperson take the time to get to know you? Did you spend hours haggling over a fair price only to pay more than what you budgeted? Sadly, this seems to be the standard at most dealerships, which is what inspired us to think outside the box for ways to improve the process and your experience. What did we come up with?

We’re here to “Change Your Experience.” Determined to improve the car-buying experience, you won’t find any other dealership like Guntersville Chevrolet. For starters, we know that your time is valuable, and that’s why we’re here to make the entire process more convenient and flexible. You can shop our extensive selection of new and used vehicles wherever you are, thanks to our virtual showroom that puts the perfect used GMC at your fingertips. What’s even better is that you can start the buying process online, which means you’re in control of the entire process, from valuing your trade and applying for credit to finalizing the paperwork.

While our online car-buying process is phenomenal, we know that many customers prefer to shop for a vehicle in person. We’re committed to making your experience at our dealership just as convenient and flexible. Our team is well-versed in every vehicle on our lot and can answer all your questions, show you the best options for your budget and driving needs, and ride along for as many test drives as you need. Our finance department will efficiently navigate you through the paperwork, explain your finance options, help you secure the best rates based on your credit history, and go over your warranty coverage.

Once the paperwork is done, we’ll toss you the keys to your new-to-you GMC. However, our relationship doesn’t stop there. As part of our guarantee to change your experience, we’re here to make owning a vehicle even more rewarding and enjoyable. Our service department can handle all your routine maintenance and repair needs, just as our parts department can help you outfit your vehicle with the right parts, accessories, and modifications. Guntersville Chevrolet is truly a one-stop automotive center that’s entirely focused on you.

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