Share: 

Why Choose First State Chevrolet?

February 18, 2019

Why should you buy from First State Chevrolet? Our unmatched service and diverse Chevrolet inventory have set us apart as the preferred dealer in Georgetown. Visit us today to discover why we have the best reputation in the Georgetown area. 

ABOUT US


First State Chevrolet is your one stop for all of your automotive needs. We have a friendly, knowledgeable staff that is ready to exceed your expectations. Owners Bob Hansen and Lee Turek have brought First State Chevrolet from being a small downtown store when they became partners in 1976 to their new state of the art facility which was opened in February 1991. We  are located on Rt. 113 in Georgetown Delaware and sell Chevrolet's full lineup of vehicles. We also have a large used vehicle inventory featuring G.M. Certified used vehicles.We service all makes and models and have our all new collision center next door. We can handle all of your transportation needs in one convenient location in the center of Sussex County. We look forward to seeing you and earning your business. 

 
 

DEALERSHIP HISTORY

First State Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Kodiak, Inc., established December 17, 1935, is a General Motors franchised, full service, new and used vehicle sales facility. Originally incorporated as Theo. Burton, Jr & Company, Theodore Burton, Jr. and Irwin G. Burton established the dealership as a premier vehicle sales facility in the middle of Sussex County. Theodore Burton, Jr. died in an accident on December 3, 1943. His wife, Olive, became President, and son, Theodore Burton, III, became General Manager. Theodore's brother, Louis, joined the business in 1956 and became President in 1959. Theodore Burton, III, continued to act as a sales representative for the dealership until retiring in April 1992. In August 1974, Robert L. Hansen purchased an interest in the business. He and Louis Burton continued to operate as Theo. Burton, Jr. & Company until April 1976, when he and Lee J. Turek purchased the balance of the corporation from Louis Burton. The corporation was renamed, First State Motors, Inc. d/b/a First State Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Inc. The original building, erected in 1936, in downtown Georgetown, was torn down and the property sold to Sussex County, after completion of a state of the art facility in February 1991. Now located on U.S. 113 in Georgetown, Delaware, First State Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Kodiak, Inc. continues to serve Sussex County and surrounding area.

BILL HANSEN

Co-Owner

I have been with First State Chevrolet since 1990 when I started in sales. I then became the pre-owned sales manager for 14 years. In January, 2015, I became the General Manager in charge of fixed operations. I am a 1990 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. I was a member of the golf team for four years while at Penn State. I am a former president of Georgetown Little League from 2007-2008. I live in Georgetown with my wife Tammy and our two boys, Brent and Blaine. Brent is a senior at Northwood University in Midland Michigan. Blaine will be a freshman this fall at Shenandoah University in Winchester Virginia.

PENUEL BARRETT

General Sales Manager

"I graduated from Dover High School in 1993. I have three boys, Nicholas, Matthew, and Jacob who keep me very busy and a lovely wife, Kim. I have been in the fire service for 28 years and am currently Fire Chief. I have been a board member for the Georgetown Little League for 19 years. I have been in car sales for 19 years now. Just remember, we are the dealership that puts you, the customer, first!"

CHUCK RICKER

New Car Manager

My name is Chuck Ricker, I began my career here at First State Chevrolet as a salesman in 1977. I am currently the New Car Manager. I belong to a number of local organizations: Franklin Lodge #12, York Rite, American Legion Post #8 and Union Lodge #3. I am a lifetime member of the Georgetown Fire Company. I have been blessed with 3 wonderful, happily married children Kyle, Melissa, and Erin who have brought into this world more blessings that are hard to catch but precious to hold. The belly laughs of your grandchildren are one of God's greatest gifts. Watching them comprehend their new world as they grow is a once in a lifetime experience that I try to be part of as much as possible. I also spend a lot of time playing frisbee and walking through the woods with my Weimaraner Blu.

MARC KEELER

Used Car Manager

"Hi my name is Marc Keeler. I currently reside in Laurel with my wife Tracey and son Tyler. I graduated from Delaware Technical & Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 1986. I have over 35 years experience in sales with the majority of that time in the Automotive Industry"

LAURA VAN KAMPEN

Internet Sales Manager

"Hi, my name is Laura. I was born in Michigan and moved to Delaware in 2002 when my dad retired from General Motors. A graduate of Greenwood Mennonite School, I attended Del-Tech for one year and completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology: Health & Physical Education at Liberty University in May 2016. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, baking, CrossFit and playing with my puppies Colby and Callie. I love cars and am excited to have the opportunity to help you select a new or used vehicle to suit your needs. Come see me!"

ALAN HOUGH

Sales Professional

"I have been a resident of Sussex county all my life. Before joining the Sales team here at First State I spent 29 years in the poultry industry. I live in Millsboro with my wife Melanie and son Taylor. My favorite hobbies would be working on my two classic cars and taking them to shows! So please stop in if you are looking for a New or Pre-Owned car and feel free to ask for Alan!"

MIKE UFFELMAN

Sales Professional

Hi my name is Mike. I was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Delaware about 5 years ago. I worked with a family dealership in York, which is why I came to First State Chevrolet. My wife Lisa and I love the beaches, fishing, and all the things to do in Delmarva. Let my many years of selling experience help make your next purchase easy and fun!

CHRISTOPHER GERNLER

Sales Professional

Hello my name is Christopher. I'm originally from Long Island NY . I worked in Washington DC in the service industry for over two decades. I've been in the Delaware area for about three years and now working for First State Chevrolet. Please feel free to stop in and look at our great selection of new and used vehicles!

KATHIE MILLS

Sales Professional

"I have been in sales with 1st State Chevrolet for over 15 years. I retired in 2015 for 2 years and returned in 2017 after deciding i needed a purpose! It was an easy decision to return part time doing what I know and what I love. The Sales Department at 1st State is very knowledgeable and friendly. We don't make you feel pressured because the owners and managers do not pressure us! I am proud of the dealership I work for and feel we sell the #1 reliable and safe brand out there--Chevrolet! I enjoy helping others find the vehicle that suits their needs! I love my family and I love the Lord!"

KEVIN SHOCKLEY

Sales Professional

"Hello and welcome to 1st State Chevy! My name is Kevin. I have over 40 years of Retail Sales experience in the automotive field. I invite my family, friends, and customers to stop by and test drive one of our new or used vehicles. Hope to see you soon! Don't forget to ask for Kevin! Enjoy your day!"

CODY RUST

Sales Professional

Hi my name is Cody. I was born and raised in Georgetown DE. I am a 2012 graduate of Sussex Tech High School. I have two siblings, both younger. In my spare time I like to hang out with my German Shepherd and play sports.

STEVIE STEVENSON

Service Manager

"Hi, my name is Stevie. I am the Service Manager here at First State Chevrolet. I am a 2005 graduate of Sussex Central and have been a part of the Georgetown Fire Company for over 10 years. I live in Georgetown with my wife Andrea. I enjoy hunting and spending time with family and friends. I am glad to be a part of the First State Chevrolet family and I look forward to helping you with all your service needs."

MARK SKIDMORE II

Service Consultant

"Hi, my name is Mark Skidmore. I am one of the Service Consultants here at First State Chevrolet. I was born and raised in Sussex County and currently reside in Georgetown. I graduated in 2008 from Central High School. I am a member of the Millsboro Fire Company. I enjoy hunting, cooking, and hanging out with my two labs Nellie and Cocoa. I have been in the automotive industry for 11 years. I have an Associates Degree from Del Tech in Automotive and General Business. I am happy to be a part of the First State Chevy family and look forward to assisting you with your needs."

NANCY CHORMAN

Service Consultant

Hi my name is Nancy Chorman, I'm a Service Consultant here at 1st State Chevy. I have been in the automotive business for 14 years. I live in Georgetown, DE with my husband of 32 years. I have 2 children and have been blessed with 6 grandchildren! In my spare time I like riding our Harley with my husband and spending time with my family.

MARY PALACIO

BDC Consultant

Hi my name is Mary. I work in the Service Department as the Business Development Coordinator. I joined the 1st State Chevy Family in 2016. I lived most my life in New Jersey, then Pennsylvania, before moving to Delaware in the 90's. I currently live in Milford. I have one son and one grandchild. I enjoy the beach and horseback riding. Contact me to help you with all your service needs!

My name is Kelly Putz. I was born and raised in Georgetown, and still a Georgetown resident. I attended Sussex Central High School and Delaware Technical & Community College, both in Georgetown with College Prep. and Engineering Technologies Management Degrees. While in my final semester at Del Tech I began working at First State Chevrolet and have been here ever since. I have been classified as a GM World Class Technician since 2006, and also have ASE Master Certifications as a Master Technician in the categories of Automotive, Medium/Heavy Duty Trucks, School Buses, Truck Equipment, Transit Buses, and Engine Machinist. When not at First State I spend spare time with DIY projects around the house and racing cars at the local dirt tracks, and occasionally out of state. Being at First State Chevy has been an enjoyable experience and I hope for it to continue long into the future.

STEPHANIE COPE

Parts Manager

"Hello, my name is Stephanie Cope and I am the Manager of the Parts Department for First State Chevrolet. I have lived here in Georgetown all my life. I graduated from Sussex Central High School and attended the University of Delaware. I have been an employee at First State for 14 years and have managed the Parts Department for the past 12 years. By being born and raised right here in Georgetown, I feel very much at home here at First State ad part of First State's family. We at First State would like to think of you as our extended family and I look forward to serving you in the future."

MIKE ANDRIE

Parts Advisor

Hello! my name is Mike and I work as a Parts Consultant here at First State Chevy. I've been with First State since 2008. I am currently a Laurel resident. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, and camping.

PAUL RIDDLE

Parts Advisor

Hello! My name is Paul. I work here at First State Chevrolet as a Parts Consultant! I was born and raised in Gumboro. I graduated from Sussex Technical High School in 2015. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time working on my family farm or drag racing all over the East Coast.