If you are in the market for a GMC car, truck, or SUV, the first question you are going to want answered is, “How do I find a GMC dealer near me?” It sounds pretty simple, right? Just turn on your computer or mobile device, open your web browser, and type in the search query. Assuming you have location services active on your device, your search engine will be more than happy to help you by providing links to over 15 different websites and a map with markers for at least three possible dealers. And this is just on page one!
If you are like me and live near a major metropolitan city, you will get over a dozen markers on your Google map with various dealers who carry GMC cars, trucks, and SUVs. Some have GMC dealerships, others may be used car dealers, and still, some may not carry any GMC vehicles but simply pay the search engine company to have its ads appear on page one anytime someone searches for any make or model.
In addition, you are going to get page after page of possible results. In my case, I typed in the query and got a full 39 pages of responses from Google! It is nice to know that there are plenty of GMC dealerships all over the country.
So, now you are confronted with at least 150 websites for various dealerships claiming to be a GMC dealer near you. You might be thinking of just giving up or going with the first and closest dealership. I’ve been there before myself with both scenarios. Don’t give up hope. There is a way to locate an excellent, credible, and reputable GMC dealership near you. And guess what? By typing in that query, you took the first step toward a successful completion of your mission.
GMC Dealer Locator
Like many auto manufacturers, GMC maintains an excellent website, which lists plenty of useful information on all of its different models of cars, trucks, and SUVs. This website also has two useful links. The first is to find a GMC dealership. Simply type in your zip code, and use the dropdown menu to filter out the type of dealer service you desire. This allows you to choose between All Dealers, Business Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, Extended Protection Plan, My GMC Rewards Dealers, National Promotions – Participating Dealers, Pro Grade Protection, and Shop-Click-Drive.
So, for example, if you see an advertisement for a special sale on GMC SUVs tied to the holiday season, simply go to the GMC website’s Dealer Locator, type in your zip code, and choose National Promotions – Participating Dealers from the dropdown menu. A list will then pop-up with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the GMC dealers near you are participating in this special promotion. This will include helpful links to the dealership’s website and driving directions on how to get there. In addition, a handy map will appear on the right-hand side, showing the location of the specific dealerships. This will also help you see how close you are to the dealership.
The second helpful tool on the GMC website is the GMC Certified Service Dealer Locator. This also involves typing in your zip code and then using the dropdown menu to find a dealership. The menu is geared toward auto service, and gives you the choice of choosing between All Dealers, Buy Power Rewards Cards, Certified Pre-Owned, Collision/Body Shop, My GMC Rewards Dealers, National Promotions – Participating Dealers, Performance Parts, and Tire Sales & Service.
This is especially helpful if you are looking to buy your new, Certified Pre-Owned, or used GMC car, truck, or SUV from a dealership that also can provide service for your vehicle. This can give you the peace of mind that if something needs to be serviced on the GMC vehicle you just purchased, you can take it to a GMC certified service center and rest assured that a GMC certified service technician will be working on your car, truck, or SUV. These technicians are specially trained to work on all models of GMC vehicles and recommend using only genuine original equipment replacement parts from General Motors.
Using the Internet to Find the Perfect GMC Dealer
As you may have learned in life, nobody is exactly the same, and this holds true for auto dealerships. Some have a better reputation for honesty and integrity than others. So, now that you have found the GMC dealers near you, how do you go about choosing the one that will give you the best deal on a new, used, or Certified Pre-Owned GMC vehicle? There are a number of useful online tools that can help you. The first is the Better Business Bureau. Like most businesses, auto dealerships will often have ratings provided by the Better Business Bureau. Just go to the Better Business Bureau, type in the name and zip code for the dealership, and hit enter.
A report will appear listing a Better Business Bureau rating (with an A+ score being the best), details on the business including the names of the dealership’s owners and principals, how many years it has been in business, and copies of any consumer complaints with outcomes. This is a great way to see if the GMC dealership you are considering doing business with has a good reputation.
A second useful tool can be found on social media. You can use your account with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or other platforms to see what other people have been saying about the dealership. When you do this, you should keep in mind that most people who post about businesses usually do so when they have a bad experience. It is rare that consumers will take the time to write a positive review when they are happy with the goods or services they have received unless they posted the review in exchange for a discount. For example, many quick-service restaurants will give you a food coupon if you take the time to complete an online service. In other words, keep this in mind when reading social media posts from other customers. Also, always remember that there are two sides to every argument. There may be a valid reason why the customer is posting an angry comment about a dealership.
The final useful tool on the Internet is the myriad of review websites. These sites include Google Reviews, DealerRater, Auto.com, and Yelp. They aggregate the scores from reviews that are posted by other customers like you and then come out with a total score for the dealership in questions. These usually rank from one star for horrible to five stars for excellent.
Do Some Research
Before you decide on the GMC dealer to visit, you should always do some research. Go to the GMC website to find out what services the prospective dealer offer and promotional participation. Then, take the time to go through the information on the Better Business Bureau website, and then read through some of the consumer comments on the review websites and social media.
Pay especially close attention to ones that are more recent, as the dealership may have made adjustments to past mistakes, or in some cases, the dealership may be under new ownership or management that has improved customer service and quality control. Now, get going and find that GMC dealership and buy yourself a new, used, or Certified Pre-Owned GMC car, truck, or SUV.