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What do two brothers living and working in Detroit in the 1900s have to do with a used GMC dealer like us? Absolutely everything. Brothers Max and Morris Grabowsky are the keystone of the GMC brand and, by extension, to our GMC 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. After all, 75 trucks were sold from 1902 to 1904, which was remarkable at the time.

We see this tradition continue throughout GMC’s history to the present day, whether you’re looking at trucks like the Canyon and Sierra or SUVs like the Terrain, Acadia, and Yukon. Both new and used GMCs 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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GMC Overview

Brothers Max and Morris Grabowsky were passionate tinkerers and innovators who built their first commercial truck prototype in 1900 under Grabowksy Motor Vehicle Co. Although their first truck was underpowered, they refused to give up and built another, more powerful model that they sold to American Garment Cleaning Co. 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 types of models to meet the unique demands of 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.A grey 2020 GMC Yukon is shown driving on an empty road.

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 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 ours. 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 the 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. We’re truly a one-stop automotive center that’s entirely focused on you.A salesman is shown holding a clipboard at a used GMC dealer.

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