Our History

The History of Bob Pion Buick GMC


Bob Pion Buick GMC located in Chicopee, MA, serves Springfield, MA & Northern, CT Buick & GMC customers. Bob Pion Buick GMC was founded in 1977 by Bob Pion. Many who knew Bob believe the automobile industry was predestined in his bloodline. His father, Francis, had owned Pynchon Motor Sales; specializing in Ford, Lincoln and Zephyr; in West Springfield, MA. His ownership was during a challenging time for our country in the late 1920s and ?30s amidst the Great Depression; and still he was able to show his young son the value in business ownership and share the passion for automobiles. Sadly, Bob?s father passed when he was just a mere 11 years-old; thus not allowing the opportunity to succeed his father in the business.

Bob thought he would try his hand in a different industry and began a career in the clothing realm. This did not last long and his destiny for the automotive space took hold; at the young age of twenty-one Bob began selling cars for Palmer Chevrolet in Springfield, MA. Palmer Chevrolet eventually transitioned to Beaulieu Chevrolet where he advanced through many management positions. In 1970 he took the leap his father had made and started a new dealership with his partner Joe Gentile; and hence Allen Imports of Springfield, MA was born. They specialized in MG, Renault and Subaru. Bob and Joe had a wonderful partnership and subsequently decided to sell and buy another dealership together. The next venture was a Dodge dealership, which they operated together until 1977. That is when Bob decided it was time to try it alone and purchased Chrapek Pontiac in Chicopee, MA changing the name to Bob Pion Pontiac. Over the next three decades Bob grew the business and added the GMC and Buick franchises. In 1991 he made the decision to relocate the dealership from the original location to a modern, state-of-the-art facility located on a main retail artery in Chicopee, MA; which is where it remains today. Although it was not an easy decision for Bob to retire in 1992; it was made easier by knowing the legacy would continue. He proudly turned the dealership over to his son, Don, who continues to operate the dealership today along with the next generation of Pion?s, his sons Robert and Thomas.

For more than thirty-five years, Bob Pion Buick GMC has been the trusted dealership by generations of area families in both Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. Conveniently located near Springfield, Sturbridge, Amherst, and Enfield customers looking for a Springfield, MA Buick or GMC dealer will find the perfect choice here at the Chicopee GMC and Buick showroom. Check our hours and directions page for more information on getting to our location.

Bob Pion Buick GMC is committed to customer service and has one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the area! Use the website to browse the large selection of new cars including sedans, convertibles, pick-up trucks, SUV?s, and vans including the Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500HD, Acadia, Terrain, Verano, Encore, Enclave and much more. Feel free to click around, get a quick quote, check out leasing or financing options and schedule a test
drive today!

Thinking a new cars isn't the way you want to go; no worries we also have an expansive array of low-mileage, well-maintained used cars for hitting the roads of Chicopee MA, Springfield MA, Northampton MA & Hartford CT.

We also have a state-of-the-art service department led by Toby Grader. The service department is fully equipped to handle everything from routine oil changes to larger car repairs such as brake and rotor replacements. Not sure what that squeak or grinding sound is? Bring it in for a diagnosis. And be sure to check your warranty. Your service or repair might just be covered.

Bob taught his son and grandsons many lessons; one specifically they will carry on for future decades: treat those with the respect you seek and you will always be successful. Don, Rob and Tom; along with countless hard-working loyal employees; invite you to come in so they can provide you with the best shopping and service experience possible
- every time!

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