Sometimes those “low-mileage beauties” aren’t so beautiful once you take a closer look at them.
Case in point: this Torch Red 2020 Corvette coupe that shows just 3,419 miles on the odometer after being purchased in March.
A real creampuff, huh?
Well … not exactly.
We first told you about this forlorn Stingray a few weeks ago after photos were posted online of the damage it suffered at the hands of “some idiots” – as irate owner Jake Miller described them – at a Jacksonville, Florida Chevy dealership.
Apparently, the service technician isn’t a reader of this blog or he would have known that our contributor Jeremy Welborn, owner of a Sebring Orange Metallic mid-engine coupe himself, had explained the proper jack and lift points for the new Stingray back in March!
Because the weight distribution is now 40/60 with the engine behind the driver, proper location of the jack or lift is paramount, or something like the catastrophe in the Sunshine State will happen when the C8 fell off the lift and hit the floor hard.
That damaged Corvette is now up for sale on Copart. While there is no word on a price, Copart estimates the value of the car at $58,000 and says it will be included in an “upcoming lot” in Jacksonville. Actually, autoevolution.com did some research and found that the original MSRP of this 1LT car was $64,995.
But, after the damage suffered, including body damage and broken out windows, the car is obviously worth far less than that.
The car is said to still “run and drive” in the Copart listing, but a writer at AutoEvolution.com questions whether that is possible since one of the air-conditioner condensers is now tucked into the cargo compartment behind the engine. Since the radiators are mounted right behind the condensers, that writer argues that it’s not a good idea to try to take this Stingray on the road.
Since this car will never be worth as much as a non-abused example even if repaired totally, perhaps it might be better to just sell off the individual parts, especially the valuable 495-horsepower engine and the dual-clutch transmission. The seats, wheels, rear hatch, exterior lights, and removable roof panel, along with other parts that might not have been damaged in the fall, would also be worth salvaging.
It’s a shame that the owner was able to enjoy his new Corvette for just 3,419 miles. We would assume that the dealership’s insurance would cover the cost of replacing VIN 2344, and we certainly hope the unfortunate victim is pushed to the front of the line.