HISTORY Dunlop Pontiac was one of the original Pontiac Dealers. It was founded in 1924 by brothers Lee and Bill Dunlop initially selling the Oakland automobile, Pontiac was introduced as a spin-off of Oakland in 1926. In 1946 Robert Beattie and John Duncan upon their return from serving in World War II became partners with Lee Dunlop. Robert Beattie started working in the parts department in 1941 when he graduated from High School, his time serving in the US Army in 1944-45 was as a combat soldier in Germany. John Duncan started working at Dunlop's in 1939.
In 1972 Robert Beattie and John Duncan acquired full ownership of the dealership from Lee Dunlop but leased some of the property from their former boss. Lee Dunlop's property ownership was under the name Dunlop Motor Company, not to be confused with Dunlop Pontiac Inc. the automobile dealership. With John Duncan’s passing in 1981 the Beattie family then became the sole owners of Dunlop Pontiac Inc. In 1996 Michael Beattie acquired the owner/operator position at the dealership. Mike started working in the service department in 1977 learning the many aspects of the automobile business from his father Robert Beattie, who passed away in 2001.
LONGEVITY We have been located in downtown Bay City since 1924 and took great pride in our location and longevity; we fit nicely into the DowntownBay City specialty shop culture, offering personal service from our staff of caring individuals who know Pontiacs better than anyone, not only because of the extensive training received, but because of the unsurpassed experience. Many employees had been with Dunlop’s for decades.
In the summer of 2002 a major renovation was done to the dealership. It was gutted, replacing all floor, ceiling and wall treatments. Everything was brought up-to-date, using the latest technology and done from the perspective of improving the customers’ experience. Year after year, Dunlop was rated one of the top customer satisfaction dealers in the nation and received the Leaders of Distinction award with which “GM honors its finest dealers who have committed themselves to unsurpassed performance and customer satisfaction”.
We had hoped to continue the tradition of quality sales and service for many more years to come, but that plan was cut short when General Motors decided to eliminate the Pontiac brand in 2009.