Vehicle Transport
Car Transport

GMC & General Motors Company



Just like all the other big automakers, General Motors Company (GM) owns several vehicle brands. One of these is GMC. You may think it’s a bit odd or funny that a company with the name “General Motors Company” has the abbreviation “GM” when a division of their company is named “GMC.” We think it’s a bit funny too, but let’s get back on topic. The other brands owned by GM are Chevrolet (Chevy), Buick, Cadillac, Isuzu, and several smaller ones. This page will discuss both the company GM and their GMC vehicle brand.

GM the Holdings Company

General Motors Company (GM) is a multinational holdings company based in the United States. As a holdings company, GM owns the majority stock of several companies. These companies, e.g., GMC or Chevrolet in turn do the actual design, manufacturing, selling, etc. GM was the world’s leader in vehicle sales from 1931 to 2007 and in 2008-10 it dropped to second, just behind Volkswagen. Overall GM has been one of if not THE biggest and most influential automobile manufacturers in the world. Its close competitors are Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Corporation. These three are all giants in the industry of making automobiles and each owns several vehicle marquees.

A Brief Early History of GM

GM was founded in 1908 by William Durant & Charles Mott. He started it as a holdings company for Buick, the automakers. In 1908 and 09, Gm bought Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company (based in Pontiac, Michigan) along with several other companies. The next year Durant lost control of GM but soon after bought control back surreptitiously through another company he had recently required, a name you might recognize, Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Sadly for him, he soon lost control of GM again and this time he didn’t get it back. Alfred Sloan was chosen to be the new CEO. Through his management GM grew to dominate the global automobile manufacturing industry.

GMC the Automakers

GMC is owned by GM and makes trucks, pickup trucks, vans, buses, SUVs, and even vehicles for the army. All of GMCs vehicles are large utility vehicles made to get things done. They don’t make small cars, sedans, or compacts. Their trucks are similar to Chevrolet’s; some might say they’re so similar that it’s odd GM owns two separate companies that each makes almost identical trucks. It’s probably for marketing.

GMCs Pickup Trucks: Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500

GMC has made many different models of pickup trucks throughout the decades of their success. Many have been discontinued. Some of the discontinued models include the GMC C Series, K Series, Syclone, Sonoma, & Canyon. The production of these last two stopped recently in 2004 and 2012, respectively.

The GMC Sierra pickup truck series is the one currently in production. Included in this line-up is the Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500. There are 3 types of the 1500 and 2 types of the 2500 and 3500. There’s the standard Sierra 1500, the Denali and the Hybrid. For the 2500 & 3500 there’s the HD and the HD Denali. The term Denali signifies added luxury options. GMC advertises that the 1500 Sierra Hybrid gets the best fuel-economy of any vehicle in its class, which includes other large pickup trucks. This was based on the 2012 model which gets 23 MPG highway and 20 city. However it’s important for prospective buyers to know that the towing capacity of the hybrid is significantly lower than the standard 1500. The hybrid gets just over 6,000 lbs while the standard model gets just over 10,000. Receive a quote for shipping your GMC Sierra for free using our onling estimator

Pickup Truck Towing Capacity & Cost

The main differences you’ll notice as you go from the 1500, to the 2500, to the 3500 are a greater towing capacity and a higher price. The 1500, 2500, and 3500 designations for trucks and vans are standard and used across many vehicle makes. Many people refer to 1500s and ¼ ton trucks, 2500s and ½ ton trucks, and 35000 as 1 ton trucks. This is because in the past trucks designed “1500” had a hauling capacity(a.k.a payload capacity) of ¼ ton, ½ ton for the 2500, etc. Today trucks can carry a lot more weight, but these designations are still used to indicate the power under the hood, so a 3500 pickup can carry much more weight than a 1500. With this increased power comes and increased price. For example the Sierra 1500 has about 10,000 lbs payload/towing capacity and starts at about $23,000 while the 3500HD has about 23,000lbs payload capacity and starts at $31,000.

Size and the Truck Shipping Rate

Because size influences shipping costs, the auto transport rate will be affected by the size of the cab and the truck bed. As with most pickup trucks, you get the option of having a short bed or a long bed and a normal cab (2 doors) or a crew cab (4 doors). A 4 door, long bed will cost more to move than a 2 door, short bed. Get more information on pickup truck cabs, bed sizes, and their affects on the transport price.

GMC Yukon, Acadia, and Terrain: The SUVS

GMC makes 3 main SUV models: the Terrain, the Yukon, and the Acadia. The Yukon is the biggest and seats 9 people, the Acadia is in the middle in terms of size and seats 8 people, and the Terrain is the smallest, seating 5. With the Yukon there are several options: Denali, Hybrid, Denali Hybrid, and the XL. With the GMC Acadia and Terrain there are just two options, standard and Denali. Here Denali is again the luxury version of the vehicle. The Yukon Hybrid is a gasoline-electric hybrid which increases its fuel economy to 20 city and 23 highway while the standard Yukon gets 15 city and 21 highway. The Yukon XL is about 20 inches longer than the standard Yukon and pretty much all of that goes to extra cargo space. 20 inches may not sound like much, but 20 extra inches on an already big SUV makes a massive difference in storage space. Of course, this will also increase the SUV transport cost. More space taken up by the XL means less room for other vehicles on the car carrier and so the price is higher. The increase in price is not always proportional to the increase in length of the vehicle. An extra 20” may mean the difference between leaving enough room for an additional car or not. To make up for this lost, the rate to ship may be significantly higher. Get a Free Quote to ship a GMC Yukon.

Transporting a GMC Pickup Truck, Van, or SUV

The Price to Ship and Vehicle Height & Length

With large vehicles like the ones GMC makes, it’s very important to get an accurate measurement of their size in order to calculate an accurate vehicle transport rate and to guarantee that we can actually ship the vehicle in question. With cars, sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, etc., differences of a foot or two in their length does not affect their shipping price much because a standard 10-car auto transport hauler can fit 10 cars whether they are all full-sized sedans or all small coupes. But once you’re dealing with a large vehicle like the GMC Yukon XL, truck drivers need to closely consider the vehicles size because a few extra large SUVs, trucks, or vans can easily end up taking up too much space. This leads to two related problems. One, there may be enough room for one additional car on the auto carrier, but not enough room for an SUV. In order to know if a vehicle needing to be shipped will fit in the space left, the vehicles exact dimensions need to be known. Two, a tough decision may need to be made between, say, transporting two small cars or one large SUV. Truck drivers will almost always make the decision based on money. They try to maximize profits, so the driver will most likely move the two cars, unless the SUV is paying more than both cars combined.

Examples to illustrate importance of reporting accurate vehicle dimensions

In these considerations, both the vehicles height and length needs to be considered. It’s very important that we know the actual dimensions of any large vehicle we plan on transporting. A few examples will help illustrate the point. A driver has 24 extra feet on his truck. A large GMC Sierra 2500 with a crew cab and long bed needs to be transported along this driver’s route. This vehicle is about 25 feet long. Depending on the placement of the other vehicles currently on his auto carrier, shipping this pickup may or may not be possible because the extra foot may or may not be able to hang-off the end. For our purposes let’s say he is unable to accommodate. If the truck driver is unaware of the large length of this truck, assuming it’s around 20 feet long like most pickup trucks, he will head to the pickup location only to find out when he sees the vehicle that it’s too large. This ends up costing time and money for everyone involved: the truck driver, Carnections, and you, our customer. If he had known ahead of time, he would have opted to pickup two small cars or a smaller suv, van, or pickup. Similarly, let’s say a transporter is made to believe a van he has contracted to move is 8 feet tall. He arrives at the arranged pickup address and finds a 9.5 feet tall van. The difference between 8 feet and 9.5 feet is major when it comes to shipping vehicles. The maximum clearance for vehicles along interstates is 14 feet and most transporters need about 4-5 feet for themselves, leaving 9-10 feet as the maximum height for any vehicle they can ship (There are special car carriers can ship vehicles up to 11ft tall). Two outcomes are possible here. One, the auto carrier can accommodate, but due to the extra height, he will not be able to fit another vehicle on this truck that he was planning on shipping. To make up the lost, the cost will go up. This leaves the person needing the vehicle to be shipped unhappy. They were planning on one price, but now either they have to pay more or their vehicle won’t be shipped. The other outcome is that the van will simply not fit on the transport truck, either way the situation is messy and nobody wins. The upshot is that in order to guarantee that the price you are quoted will actually be sufficient to ship your large vehicle, make sure you report to us an accurate length and height.

More information on GM & GMC. Get an auto transport rate estimate for shipping your GMC today:

Auto Transport Quote
Auto Transport Quote
Instant Car Transport Quote

The Auto Transport Center