Hare named GM Dealer of the Year

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Chevrolet Regional Director Maurice Williams, from left, Hare Chevrolet co-owners Courtney Cole and Monica Peck and Chevrolet Indiana Zone Manager Robert Patterson. (Photo provided by Ally Conner)

Hare Chevrolet has been one of the top car dealerships in the state for years, and now the Noblesville business is receiving national attention as it was recently honored by General Motors as one of GM’s Dealers of the Year.

“We are proud that our hard work and dedication to the customer has allowed us to be recognized as one of General Motors’ Dealers of the Year,” said Monica Peck, co-owner of Hare Chevrolet. “Our No. 1 priority is providing the best customer experience, and we look forward to building on this in 2012.”

This is Hare Chevrolet’s first time being recognized with this honor by GM. The designation is given to only 2 percent of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the North Central Region.

“A big thanks to the community, customers and employees. All that added together makes for a great run so far,” said Courtney Cole, co-owner of Hare Chevrolet.

Hare Chevrolet started in 1847 with 19-year-old Wesley Hare. Hare opened a wagon shop in Noblesville, and from a very small beginning, it gradually grew to one of the largest carriage and wagon making companies of the Midwest. One hundred and sixty-five years and two location moves later, the dealership off Ind. 37 is run by Cole and Peck, sixth generation descendants of Wesley Hare.

Cole said Hare Chevrolet has 650 new and 250 used vehicles available and also offers 35 rental cars. It also offers a parts store, body shop and shuttle service.

“We’ve grown a lot the last two years,” said Cole. “We’re real fortunate where we are located.”

GM has recognized dealerships in the U.S. with the Dealer of the Year recognition since 2000 – with a two-year hiatus in 2009 and 2010. To receive the honor, dealerships must be a top performer in sales and customer service.

“It’s a huge honor. Our employees make the place happen . . . We’re getting first rate people,” said Cole. “We’ve elevated ourselves from different seminars to sell more vehicles to the general public.”

Dealers also need to show a commitment to customer service on a long-term basis by retaining customers and providing customers with exceptional service using Genuine GM Parts. Cole said the company’s goal is to encourage customers to return and refer.

“It’s what we strive for,” she said. “We’re fortunate to have such a great customer database.”

Hare Chevrolet, 2001 Stony Creek Rd., sales dept. is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Service and parts are open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 888-827-0711 or visit www.harechevy.com.

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