Our mission is to be a leader in automotive sales and service. It is our belief that taking care of our customers’ needs is paramount to our success as a company. Without the customer we don’t exist, without caring hard working employees we don’t exist. It is every person working as a team with the common goal of customer satisfaction that drives our company to its future prosperity.
The History of Sutherland Chevrolet
Sutherland Chevrolet was founded on April 10, 1925 by Mrs. Evelyn Sutherland. Mrs. Sutherland was reported to be the first woman to own a Chevrolet franchise in the South Eastern United States. The dealership was located at 309 Main Street in downtown Nicholasville. On November 1, 1949 Mrs. Sutherland’s son John Sutherland became the dealer principal of Sutherland Chevrolet. Mr. Sutherland hired Robert “Bob” Gabbard to be his General Manager and the two men helped create the foundation for the future of Sutherland Chevrolet. In1968 Don Gabbard, Bob’s son, started working at the dealership selling cars and soon thereafter Don took the role of General Manager when his father retired. Mr. Sutherland retired in 1980, when his son Peter Sutherland became the successor to the dealership. As their fathers before, the two men guided the dealership through the 80’s and 90’s. As times progressed so did Sutherland Chevrolet. The dealership had outgrown the original location and on June 17, 1996 Sutherland Chevrolet opened in their brand new location at 1060 North Main Street, where it currently serves our loyal customers. On October 1, 2009 Sutherland Chevrolet again was making a change when Peter Sutherland decided to retire from the car business and pursue a different path in his life. Don Gabbard and Louis Gaver purchased the dealership. With its great heritage and service to Central Kentucky it was unanimous to keep the great name of Sutherland Chevrolet.
We can’t say we are the oldest dealership in Central Kentucky, but we are definitely the oldest Chevrolet dealership in the Central Kentucky area. For over 80 years Sutherland Chevrolet still operates and believes in the same philosophy that Evelyn Sutherland started out with. Hard work and above all that our customers are why we have been in business for over three quarters of a century. We truly want to exceed our customers’ expectations from test drive to delivery. These are more than just words to us; it is a creed and philosophy that drive our business.