The History of Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac

Our Dealership History

Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac has been serving the community for over 40 years! Here at Gan Chev we are all about the service, offering quality vehicles, affordable pricing, and a friendly atmosphere. Opened as Gananoque Motors in July 1976, the dealership has been going strong ever since. We love being a part of our community here in Gananoque.

Gananoque Motors, known around town as Gan Chev, was opened by Dewey Hall in 1976. Anyone who knew Dewey in his teen years may have guessed that cars might play a role in his career. Dewey, like many teens in the sixties spent his time “playing hockey, chasing girls and working on cars”. He even landed himself a job as a pit crew member at the old Kingston Speedway.  After a hockey injury Dewey went on to work as a prison guard, house painter, and insurance salesman. It wasn’t until Dewey started work at a Ford dealership and managed a Chevy dealership that he landed on a career that would interest him for the rest of his life.

July 28th, 1976: The announcement of Gan Chev’s opening, in The Gananoque Reporter

The Hall family has been deeply involved in the success of the dealership every step of the way. Sharon, Dewey’s wife, worked side-by-side with her husband to open the humble one-car showroom in 1976. Their son Jamie worked as a car washer and studied automotive marketing in college and is now Director of Operations.  Dewey and Sharon’s other son Jeff also worked in service and parts, helping to provide unparalleled service. In short, the whole family is invested in the dealership’s success.

May 28th, 1980: A full-page advertisement from the Kingston Whig Standard

One of the keys to success here at Gan Chev is our commitment to service. With a reputation for high quality and great prices, we make maintenance and repairs stress-free. For years we have been known for our pick up and drop off service, a convenience that we are happy to offer to our valued customers.  A large portion of business is from repeat customers or through referral—evidence of the truly extraordinary service we strive to offer.

October 25th, 1989: An article and interview with Dewey Hall from The Gananoque Reporter

Another important accomplishment for us is our commitment to the Gananoque community. Our dealership has a history of charitable donations and sponsorships to organizations like local hockey teams, festivals, tournaments, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse. We have also sponsored charity golf for organizations like “Almost Home,” raising tens of thousands of dollars for those in need. We’re invested in the community and proud to support local causes.

October 25th, 1989: An advertisement in The Gananoque Reporter

These are just some of the many details about the history of Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Although we’ve been through our fair share of ups and downs, we’ve also worked hard to become a dealership that the community can rely on. For all your new and used car needs, from sales and service to financing, visit our dealership today, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see our community involvement in action!

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