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Chevrolet Corvette Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

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  • jmessjmess Posts: 677
    It is nice to get the exact car you want if you can. There is also nothing wrong with going for a bargain but make sure you will be happy with it long term. If you are going for an automatic then the 06 A6 is a better choice than the A4 in the 05; if you are the type who wants to control the gear selection at times.

    Also note that you will take about a $10K hit (off MSRP) as soon as you drive off the lot in a new 05. So don't be afraid to ask for a better price.
  • Your last point was something I was thinking about this afternoon, so I ran the numbers on NADA. Average retail equals what this dealer is quoting me if I enter the imaginary mileage at 8K. With only that theoretical "first mile", (or actually anything up to 8K), the retail value is $450 higher than they are asking.

    I think I am going to pass on the automatic idea; now just trying to decide on the magnetic ride or Z51, and the color. The '05 has the Z51, and is black, and I don't know if I don't want a little more comfort, and a little less detailing needed! :)
  • jmessjmess Posts: 677
    The main performance feature of the Z51 that you will notice off the track, besides the firmer ride, is the tighter gear ratios for the MN6.

    I had some initial reservations about the F55 but after a year I have no regrets. The mag shocks really do work as advertised.

    I find silver to be pretty low maintenance; the car can be pretty dirty and still look respectable from a distance. I still have a soft spot for white. White has proven to be one of the least popular C6 colors though.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Question on Z51 vs Mag Ride comes down to what you expect to do with the car. I got Z51 on my '02 and didn't have any idea that I could take the car to race tracks, except for maybe the Drags which I did a couple times. But, having the Z51 on road courses is amazing compared to the alternatives, not quite Z06 but close. If you believe that you aren't going to do any track driving beyond maybe one or two driving classes (and don't think you will get hooked) and only want to tour in the car the Mag Ride would be great.
    Randy
  • and the winner is...

    the new '05!! (choice #1) Picked it up this morning, very nice!!! :)
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    Congratulations on the new ride, enjoy the experience and let us know if you get it out to any driving classes, for me it developed a lot of confidence in knowing what to do next without having to over think the process. They are a blast but can get away real easy if you aren't watching what you do. I had to try to get a kid on track yesterday to switch from thinking of the throttle as an on/off switch to treating it like a woman, keep it happy and you will get long term dividends. :blush: Have fun!
  • motorhead1motorhead1 Posts: 111
    I am in the process of looking to buy a new 06 or even an 07 Corvette. I live in west Tennessee and have been talking to a few Chevrolet dealers. I would like to ask you guys a few questions, such as how much over invoice is a fair amount to give for a new Corvette and is the museum delivery pick up worth the extra price. This is my 2nd Corvette and I need all of the help I can get. I thought about going to kerbeck Corvette and buying one but I will have to fly up there and drive it back which would be a good road trip for me and my son to do. I know things have slowed down for GM and feel now might be a good time to buy. Thanks for your help.
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    There seem to be dealers on the internet that are taking orders for less than MSRP so paying local over MSRP seems to be less than an optimum solution. As far as going to pick up the car, I've done it twice and find it to be a good way to get the breakin done all in one exercise. Then again it doesn't make much difference where geographically you order if you decide to take delivery at the CM. All I hear about that is positive and makes it that much more special, especially if you share it with family. Do a few web searches on Corvette and I'm sure you will find several resources for big dealers giving discounts.
    Randy
  • motorhead1motorhead1 Posts: 111
    Does anyone out there know any specific Corvette dealers web pages and do you think I will have any trouble getting service done on my new Corvette from my local dealer if I buy from another dealer?
  • starrow68starrow68 Posts: 1,142
    The problem with responding to question 1 is that the Edmunds TOS don't like you mentioning other message boards so you are sort of on your own. The dealers I'm aware of from other sources are Kerbeck, Maxie Price and Les Stanford.

    As to getting service, I brought two C5's an '02 and an '04 home from Fichtner Chevrolet in Montana to the San Francisco Bay area and neither of the dealers I've gone to for service ever had any issues. That was even true of the extended GMPP warranty that I also got in Montana.
    Randy
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    On the issue of Museum pick-up, I would highly recommend it. Although I did not get mine that way, I have done volunteer work at some events held at the Museum which is about 75 miles from where I live. Gary Cockriel and his crew that do the Museum delivery have been universally praised for their work. All whom I have talked to have been extremely pleased with the process, the tour, etc., that comes with picking the vehicle up at the Museum. If I get another Vette it will be via the Museum program. See the NCM website for more details. :shades:
  • motorhead1motorhead1 Posts: 111
    I have been shopping all of the local Chevy dealers for about a week and the news is not very good. All but one say that they only sell MSRP. The dealer I have bought many cars and trucks from say they well sell me one for $2000.00 over invoice and as far as they know I will be the first one that they have ever sold one at that price. And on top of all that most say they are not sure that they can even get one. I sent a request to Kerbeck but haven`t heard anything yet. I thought GM was on hard times but you never would know it from the experience I am having. HELP!!
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 780
    If you can get an 06 C6 for $2k over, you should RUN, not walk, to the dealer. I monitored Kerbeck prices for the past year and the only time they came close to $2k over was at the end of the model year (and I don't think you'll find anybody cheaper than Kerbeck). Good luck!
  • jmessjmess Posts: 677
    You can always find a better deal but the question is how much time you have to spend to get it.

    Based upon the past, it is about time for GM to come up with some new incentives. The C6 supply has exceeded the demand in most areas to so a $1000 incentive would warm things up a bit.
  • motorhead1motorhead1 Posts: 111
    Time is one thing I have plenty of so I will just wait a while a see what happens. Maybe I will run upon a good used Vette but I tell you after driving a C6 I don`t think I would be happy with anything else.
  • bigmike5bigmike5 Posts: 960
    The Kerbeck site says $3500-$4500 off on 2006 Vettes. They have them up the wazoo number wise. Even CorvetteConti has some discounted on his site.
  • palaltpalalt Posts: 25
    Thought I'd give you guys some feedback about 06 pricing in the Chicagoland area. I've recently been shopping for a new 06 Coupe. On reasonably loaded, in stock Corvettes, ($54K MSRP) I had two dealers in the $4500-$5000 discount range. After the gremlins in my head keeping me awake for two nights, rationalizing spending $50K for what would actually be my 5th vehicle, with annual use being in the 2k mile range, I made a less expensive decision.

    I just purchased a 2004 C5, Commemorative Edition Coupe with only 7K miles for $35K. I have the original $52K window sticker, Mag Sel Ride, Electron Blue with Light Oak Interior. Fell in love with the interior color. I felt this better served my desire for another Corvette yet minimized my potential depreciation. Seems like 2001-2004 C5's are advertised within a few thousand $ of each other.

    Just thought I'd add my experience as a discount reference for anyone shopping for new 06's and wondering about available discounts.

    Also, their seems to be available, a number of used 2005's that are GM Buybacks. It was explained to me that these cars were replaced due to lemon law type conditions. Obviously, the dealers claimed the problems were resolved and the cars had full remaining warranty, but I was reluctant to get involved. I found two of these at one dealer alone, along with a Cadillac CTS-V that was interesting. The cars came from a GM Auction and it seems the dealer was legally bound to expose their history. A good thing for consumers, as a buyer can't help but wonder why a 5 month old vehicle with like 4K miles is for sale.

    Happy Motoring fellow Corvette lovers!!
  • palaltpalalt Posts: 25
    Correction to my previous comment. My 04 is LeMans Blue, not Electron Blue. It's a Commemorative Edition, to the 24 Hour at LeMans win for Corvette.
  • motorhead1motorhead1 Posts: 111
    Can anyone tell me why the only interior color you can get on a new corvette coupe is ebony?
  • palaltpalalt Posts: 25
    Ha! You seemed to notice the same thing I did while looking at 06's. Corvette's actually are available with Ebony, Cashmere, Titanium, or Red interior. I've seen both the Cashmere and Titanium and both are very nice. My thought is that most dealers either order the majority with Ebony because they think the majority of buyers want Ebony, OR, everyone is buying all the lighter colored interiors and all they're left with is Ebony! My thought was that any car I saw with Ebony interior, either Titanium Grey or Cashmere (Tan) would have looked better. Keep looking!
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