How General Motors Was a Major Contributor to the History of Detroit

Detroit wouldn’t be what it is were it not for the automotive industry, and the automotive industry wouldn’t be what it is were it not for Detroit. It’s impossible to understate the impact that the Motor City has had on the American car market and its explosive growth throughout the 20th century.

Of the major players in the history of Detroit, few are as influential as General Motors. The Michigan city wasn’t a household name until pioneers like William Durant and Charles Stewart Mott put it on the map. When they founded General Motors in 1908 in Flint, Michigan (later moving to Detroit in the 1920s), they probably didn’t anticipate the impact their business would have.

As General Motors acquired Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and Pontiac, manufacturing jobs and economic growth in Detroit skyrocketed. By 1950, Detroit was America’s fourth-largest city, with a population exceeding 1.85 million people. Throughout the 20th century, General Motors’ engineering innovations injecting Detroit’s economy with vitality and prosperity. Even a century later, General Motors is inextricably linked with Detroit’s reputation as a hub of cutting-edge innovation.

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Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck is proud to be located in the Detroit metro area, where the automotive industry began and continues to grow a century later. We look forward to the many innovations that General Motors has in store for the 21st century.

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Basic Facts about the GM Employee Discount

If you work for General Motors (or are related to someone who is), the GM Employee Discount includes a range of perks and special deals that you won’t find elsewhere. There’s a GM Extended Family Card, a GM Accessories Employee Discount, a Certified Service Discount, and more. In short, you or your GM employee can find special deals for every step of the car-buying process. Whether you’re looking for small accessories or you’re buying a new GMC, using your employee discount will save you money.

According to GM, employees and eligible family members can use a GM Employee Discount to buy or lease an eligible, new Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle at a discounted price below the MSRP. The list below shows everyone who’s eligible:

  • Any active GM employee
  • Their spouse, children (and stepchildren), grandchildren, grandparents, parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
  • Retired and former hourly or salaried GM employees
  • Widows and widowers of former GM employees
  • And employees, retirees, and surviving spouses of eligible divested companies and other organizations

Most new and used 2019 and 2018 GM cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans are eligible for discounts. In order to use the special discounts and rewards, you’ll need to obtain an authorization number and then take that to your local GM dealership. Simply select “GM Employee Discount” from the Programs menu on the GM Family First website, and select “Get Authorization Number.”

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at Jim Causley and let us know you’re eligible for a GM discount.

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