Over the last couple of months the amount of email we receive has gone up exponentially as many 2020 Corvette buyers were in the dark as to what was happening with their orders, and if they would even receive a 2020 Corvette. Since then, GM has offered guidance on the question which boils down to those whose orders were at 3000 event status will be getting a 2020 model, while all others will have to be moved to 2021.
As we close in on the beginning of 2021 model year ordering, the questions I get now have to do with staying with the current dealer or moving to another one to hopefully secure their Corvettes for 2021. There are pros and cons to this so you must decide what you think is best for you.
Keep in mind that dealers will “hopefully” roll any unfulfilled 2020 orders to 2021s with those customers getting priority when the orders are submitted, but communication with your dealer before the order is key in my opinion. We’ve heard from too many buyers that they had no idea what their event status code was, and therefore, there was still the expectation that they were getting a 2020 until the dealer notified them within the last couple of weeks that they weren’t.
For those of you that have to redo your order for 2021, I would first find out what spot you occupy on the Corvette dealer’s 2021 list, and ask them what their actual allocation ended up being for the 2020s. Once you know that info, you can guess whether or not you have a chance for a 2021 from that dealership. The word is that dealers will be receiving roughly the same amount of cars for 2021 as they got for 2020. So if you are 5th on the list at your dealer and they are getting 20 Corvettes to sell, you should get one.
However, you can move to another dealer as you have to redo your order for 2021. First, do some homework on who is selling the most Corvettes in your area. Here is a list of the Top 100 Corvette Dealers in 2019, which is the latest list we have.
As a Corvette buyer, you can go two different routes:
- Order and take delivery from a local dealer directly (or from one in your region).
- Order from one of the top volume dealers which then opens up several delivery options:
- Do a courtesy delivery at your local Chevy dealer (these usually cost $300-$600)
- Add the R8C Museum Delivery and pick up the car at the National Corvette Museum (Cost is $995)
- Have the car shipped to your door via enclosed carrier (Costs vary based on distance, and it’s usually the most expensive of the three)
I do believe the key is finding out from the dealer who took your 2020 order what your spot in line is for the 2021 and how many cars they received in 2020. With that knowledge, you can then make the decision on whether you want to stay with them or look elsewhere. But if you do go somewhere else, make sure the dealer had plenty of 2020 Corvette deliveries as you will be essentially starting at the bottom of their list of 2021s.
And as always, good luck with your quest to score a 2021 Corvette Stingray!
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