More than a century ago, a man by the name of Max Grabowsky started the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. After developing some of the first trucks ever created, General Motors, an emerging mogul in the automobile industry, acquired Rapid Motor in 1909. Together, the two formed General Motors Truck Company, known today as GMC.
In 1910, due to the large amount of acquisitions the company had made, loans were not repaid and bankers ousted founder William Durant from GM. He went on to found a brand called Chevrolet. “Chevy” was developed to produce a wide variety of vehicles to compete with Ford. When he bought back into GM in 1917, he brought along Chevrolet, which today remains the number one selling brand of GM.
In 1912, the first mass produced truck was released and over 22,000 examples were produced and sold. As the brand developed, so did sales, and when WWII came to be, GMC Truck was a major provider for the U.S. Military, producing over 600,000 trucks. It wasn’t until 1996 that GMC Truck decided to drop the word Truck to create GMC.
Throughout the years, Chevrolet and GMC trucks have mirrored each other. Today, they are even manufactured in the same plants, with the same parts, except for the trim. So unless you’re concerned about the trim of your vehicle, always be sure to purchase the cheaper vehicle. It won’t only save you money on the initial price tag, the cheaper price will ensue cheaper auto insurance premiums as well.