To several generations of Erieites, the name Dave Hallman has been synonymous with shiny new Chevy cars and trucks. Since opening their doors thirty six years ago, the Dave Hallman Chevrolet dealership has been a fixture of the Erie car market, matching thousands of brand new Corvettes, Impalas and Silverados with smiling happy customers. In fact, if you bought a new Chevy any time during the last 36 years in Erie, chances are you bought it from Dave or his son David, Jr. And why wouldn’t you? After all, Chevrolets run so deep in the Hallman family that it’s a wonder they don’t all have oil cruising through their veins. Consider this: when Grandaddy Maynard Hallman started his first Chevrolet dealership in Rochester, NY, FDR was President, the Great Depression was in full swing, and the brand new Chevy was a Master Coupe.
Since that time, the entire family has had a significant role in keeping Detroit working. Maynard went on to establish a dozen more dealerships as far south as Miami and west to Reno, Nevada. He also found time to raise five boys who worked in the business as well.
It’s not surprising, then, the Hallmans are proud when talking about the high quality of these American-made vehicles. It’s a diverse offering, indeed, ranging from the Cruze “perfect for the first-time buyer” to the Corvette- “still the best sports car value on Planet Earth.” Add in the vast array of trucks and vans and there’s certain to be something ideal for any buyer.
Ask Dave Hallman what he is proudest of, though, and he doesn’t hesitate to praise his 130 employees. “We have virtually no employee turnover – some people have been with us since the 1950’s. That kind of loyalty creates a nurturing work environment that translates into top-notch service to our customers."