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The Marine Chevrolet Promise is our promise to you that you will receive the best price on your next car or truck the first time you contact us. We have the largest selection of trucks in Jacksonville, Swansboro and New Bern making us known as Eastern Carolina's Truck Capital. We are proud to serve our active and retired military stationed at the nearby bases, including Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville and Cherry Point in Havelock, near New Bern.
We also offer the best Military Discount in the nation. Marine Chevrolet has been helping our friends in eastern North Carolina and the surrounding areas since 1946. If you are searching for a new Chevrolet or Cadillac or a used car in the Jacksonville, NC area, our friendly, professional staff also promises to provide you the best service and always exceed your expectations.
We're proud to serve everyone in eastern North Carolina, including great communities such as New Bern, Camp Lejeune, Swansboro and Sneads Ferry. It's these reasons and hundreds more that have customers returning again and again. Come see why everyone says, You'll love dealing with us!
The Marine Chevrolet Promise
The Marine Chevrolet Promise is our promise to you that you will receive the best price on your next car or truck the first time you contact us. We have the largest selection of trucks in Jacksonville, Swansboro and New Bern making us known as Eastern Carolina’s Truck Capital. We are proud to serve our active and retired military stationed at the nearby bases, including Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville and Cherry Point in Havelock, near New Bern.
Marine Chevrolet History
The roots of Marine Chevrolet are no joke – even if they were first planted on April Fool’s Day in 1937! Hugh Appleton Ragsdale, opened Onslow County’s first automobile dealership, Richlands Motor Sales, with a borrowed $2,000. He then teamed up with his partner, A. V. Williams, in 1946 started the present Marine Chevrolet to “…help supply the ever-growing demand for transportation,” according to a 1970s Daily News article. Since its beginning, the dealership has been founded on service to community, customers and employees.
Hugh Ragsdale picked a location out in the country on an unpaved road, so if the dealership did not make it they could convert it into a tobacco warehouse, but the location was never turned into a warehouse. Instead, the business has “grown-up” with the community around it. In 1937 when Hugh moved to Onslow County the population was 17,000. As the community has grown (Onslow County is now home to approximately 155,000), so has the business. From its original staff, Marine Chevrolet now has over 100 employees – several with over 30 years tenure. As Marine Chevrolet has matured it has met a lasting success as a business that cares about its customers and employees and boasts a strong reputation as “Eastern Carolina’s Truck Capital.”
When you look back to the beginning, it’s hard to imagine that we would be celebrating 55 years of service to the area today. When Marine Chevrolet opened its doors, there were no cars to sell and no parts in the bin due to both shortages and war rationing. The company got its start leasing trucks for the construction of Camp Davis, an artillery-training base in Holly Ridge.
In 1945, the original construction and permits for the site cost $46,500 and was declared by the local paper as the “most modern” facility in the area. In 1969, Williams, Hugh Ragsdale’s partner, retired and Hugh’s son, Carl, purchased Williams’ shares in the business. In 1975, Carl Ragsdale purchased the remaining shares of Marine Chevrolet. In 1993 Mike Alford joined the company as General Manager, the third-generation family member to work at Marine Chevrolet.
In 1997, Mike Alford purchased Marine Chevrolet and became President of the corporation. In April 1998 Marine Chevrolet moved its dealership to the most ultra-modern automotive facility in Eastern Carolina located at 1408 Western Boulevard.
Marine Chevrolet has taken its customer service to the next level at their new location. Marine Chevrolet has garnered the prestigious “Chevrolet Genuine Leader” 3 years running, which represents the top 8% of the dealers in the entire country. This award honors Chevrolet’s “Finest dealers who have committed themselves to unsurpassed performance and customer satisfaction.”