How did the owner of a gas station and trucking business in the 1940s come to own one of the leading Chevrolet dealerships in Virginia? Grit, hard work, and determination fueled Ray Duke’s vision in the 1960s. That vision is one we’re proud to continue today, especially when it means being your Suffolk Chevy dealer. Ray got his start as an entrepreneur before he was hired as a car salesman at various dealerships in Suffolk. He worked his way up the ladder at Brother’s Oldsmobile Cadillac and, by 1968, had the opportunity to purchase the dealership. Renaming it Duke Oldsmobile Cadillac in 1969, Ray expanded the business to include the Buick, Pontiac, GMC, and Chevrolet franchises while welcoming his son and several family members into the business.
As a family-owned and operated business since the late 1960s, Duke Automotive is excited to welcome you into both the Duke and Chevrolet families. Just as Ray put in the hard work to bring his vision to life, racer Louis Chevrolet and businessman William C. Durant did the same in the early 1900s when they founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Grit, hard work, and determination laid the foundation for both businesses. That’s why, when you need a new or used Chevy, you can rest assured knowing that Duke Automotive will put in the work to deliver exactly what you need as the leading Chevy dealer in Suffolk.
Here at Duke Automotive, you always come first. We know that dealerships aren’t usually praised for their customer service, but we’re determined to change that. As a family-owned dealership, we operate on honesty and integrity. We’re not here with gimmicks or tricks, pushy salespeople, or quotas to meet. Instead, we’re here to make a meaningful connection with you, and that means getting to know you and what you need in your next Chevy.
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to buy a Chevy, which is why we believe the process should be exciting and fun. Sure, sometimes buying a vehicle can be stressful, especially if it’s unexpected. Even then, we’ll do everything possible to alleviate your stress by delivering a buying experience that’s straightforward, transparent, and all about you.
We know that you work incredibly hard, which means the last thing you want to do is spend hours of your free time at our dealership. We’re not here to waste your time; we’re here to work hard for you. Our sales team will answer all your questions about our inventory, ride along for test drives, and help you narrow your search. Our transparent pricing guarantees you’re getting the best deal in town, and our finance team will explain your options and get you to the finish line, where we’ll hand you the keys to your new Chevy. When you shop with Duke Automotive, you’ll find we work hard to get you through the process and back on the road with the people you love.
We’re proud to be your Suffolk Chevy dealer and help you find the Chevy of your dreams, but our work doesn’t end when you drive off the lot. Our team can help you find your next Chevy but, until then, you can rely on our certified service technicians to keep your Chevy running its best for many miles down the road. Our service department is staffed with some of the best technicians in the region who can oversee everything from routine oil changes and tire rotations to multipoint inspections, brake issues, and beyond. There’s nothing we can’t handle!
It’s 1911 in America - William Howard Taft is President, the New York Public Library opens its main branch, and automobiles are a novelty, but not for long. Racer Louis Chevrolet and General Motors founder William C. Durant are determined to change that with the founding of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Chevrolet’s experience on the track fuel his vision to build high-performing vehicles while the business-savvy Durant knows that it's important to make those vehicles reliable and affordable. The company manages to do both.
Fast forward to the present, and Chevrolet continues to deliver the performance, affordability, reliability, and innovation that Americans first experienced on the Series C Classic Six with its electric headlamps and electric starter, both luxuries at the time. Over the years, Chevrolet revolutionized the industry by raising the standards of excellence. We see this in engines like the small-block V8 that made high-performance vehicles more attainable and affordable. Not only used in speed demons like the Corvette and Camaro SS, the engine also transformed everything from Chevy’s trucks to its sedans and SUVs.
Chevrolet’s small-block V8 engine laid the foundation for remarkable advancements in power and capability that we see today. But, more importantly, the automaker also proved its position at the helm of innovation and its dedication to keeping an eye toward the future to improve how we travel. This is apparent in models like the Bolt EV, Bolt EUV, and Silverado EV, all of which will usher the Chevy lineup into an electrified and greener future.
As your Suffolk Chevy dealer, we can help with all your vehicle needs, from finding the Chevy of your dreams to servicing it and ordering parts or accessories. Our certified service center is staffed with factory-trained technicians who are experts in the Chevy lineup and are dedicated to keeping your vehicle performing its best for many miles ahead. Using state-of-the-art tools and technology, our technicians can expertly handle all your vehicle needs, big or small, from routine tire rotations and oil changes to powertrain repair.
We know that some of our customers are DIYers and prefer to work on their vehicles themselves. Duke Automotive is still the dealership you can rely on. Our parts center is stocked with high-quality, genuine OEM parts and accessories that are fairly priced. You can work on or modify your Chevy knowing that you’re using the best parts and that you’re not overpaying for them.
Whether you’re doing the repairs yourself or you’re relying on the Duke Automotive team, we know that having a vehicle serviced can be an inconvenience. We’re here to minimize that inconvenience with our Duke Direct Pick Up & Delivery service that allows you to schedule your service online, have Duke Direct pick up the vehicle, and then drop it off once the repairs are done. We also make ordering parts easy with our online order form, which eliminates the hassle of making multiple trips to the dealership to order and pick up what you need!