Gan Chev Giving: December In Review

If you follow us on social media, you will know that December kept us busy! All month long we have been giving away prizes to our valued customers and giving back to our wonderful community. We filled our days with fun online contests and got out to support many local organizations. If you missed our social media posts, here is a little summary to let you know some of things we were up to in December.

We started out the month by helping a family reclaim their family room! The winner of our tire storage contest had been storing the tires for her Chevrolet Cruze in her basement family room. Not only did we pick up her tires and store them for the winter for her, we surprised her by showing up with an added bonus, a board game! Now that she doesn’t have to store her winter tires in her family room, she can use the room to play games and spend time with her family.

Dale from the Gan Chev team, presenting the board game to our Storage Contest winner

Our Gan Chev service department donated some awesome prizes to help us thank our valued customers. We gave away 2 free oil changes, a gift certificate to have a vehicle detailed, a $100.00 service credit and 2 sets of Kingston Frontenac Tickets. We had lots of fun reading everyone’s Facebook comments and looking at all the kindness selfies that were posted on our Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to all of our winners.

Erica, the winner of our Kindness Selfie contest, donating food to a local food drive

Our favourite part of December was all the good deeds we accomplished in our community. We started out with warming the heads and hands of the 2 elementary schools in Gananoque. Our Christmas Elf Dale delivered a bag of winter hats and mittens to both schools this month. Now on cold winter days kids who don’t have mitts or a hat, or forgot them at home will be able to keep warm at recess! We also donated some grocery store gift cards to our food bank. The gift cards were purchased from our 2 local grocery stores, Baldree’s No Frills and Metro. The staff and volunteers at the Gananoque Food Bank can use the gift cards to purchase fresh produce, meat and dairy for their clients. Not only does the Gananoque Food Bank service their clients all year long, but every year they provide a full Christmas dinner to all their clients. We were happy to have helped out this organization in a small way.

Our Gan Chev Christmas elf, delivering hats to our local schools
Our Gan Chev Christmas elf, delivering hats to our local schools
The Gan Chev elf delivering gift cards to the local food bank
The Gan Chev elf delivering gift cards to the local food bank

We also reached out to Carveth Care Centre here in Gananoque to see if there were any events we could help out with for their residents. We were so happy to provide a driver and a vehicle from our loaner fleet one evening in December to take some residents on a tour of lights around Gananoque. This is an annual event that Carveth organizes for their residents using the Wheels of Care Bus. The bus can seat 6 residents and 3 wheelchairs. Because of our 2017 Chevrolet Traverse 3 more residents were able to enjoy this evening out touring the Christmas lights around Gananoque.

Our Gan Chev Christmas elf taking some residents on a tour of lights around town

These are just some of the ways we gave back to our customers and community this December during our month of giving. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see what we have planned for the new year. Happy New Year!

The Gan Chev team wearing their Christmas gear!

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!