We’ve been blessed to know and work with some of the great Chevrolet dealers out there who understand Corvette owners and take good of them during the sales process. And then there those that just can’t get out of the way of themselves when it comes to attempting to take a buyer for as much as they can. There’s a reason why these dealers are nicknamed “stealerships” and one way to curb this kind of behavior is to make them famous.
Anthony Caruso tells the story on the C8 Corvette Owners (and Friends) Facebook page about how he was recently treated by Liberty Chevrolet in Selma, California. He placed his order with the dealer on August 9, 2019 and has a signed agreement for $85,805 including freight and his $1,000 deposit check was accepted. The dealer called him last week to let him know the car was ready for delivery.
Before making the 375-mile round trip, Anthony’s friend who is described as having a “judicial background” suggested he call the dealer for a final price including California DMV fees and taxes. Much to his surprise, the price minus his deposit came out to around $93,000. He called the sales manager to confirm, and that’s when he was hit with the $10,000 markup with the manager reportedly saying “if you want your car today or you can order one and wait another year or two.”
Well, Anthony’s judicial friend “hates extortion” and after the dealer tells Anthony that he has the paperwork right in front of him showing the $10,000 market adjustment, his friend believes the dealer likely “committed a felony or two”:
“My Friend laughed out loud saying perfect tell him to take pictures of the doc’s and text them to me ASAP.! Now he gets a little rowdy and nervous yelling what paperwork it understood by everyone that to order a C8 last year in August/ September it was going to be 10K over. I hung up, he tried calling back, I was on another line, he then sends a text, stating either you agree to the 10K by the end of day or I’ll sell your car first thing tomorrow morning for 20-30k over. My passenger said you really lucked out he just purged himself and committed a Felony or two. not going to end up well for him. Now it’s 10 days later car is still there. FYI- mine was the only 2020 C8 they have allocated.”
AutoEvolution says the story doesn’t just end there. Apparently, Liberty Chevrolet also posted the Black 3LT Coupe on its website with a selling price of $105,505.
“They had it up on there on their site with MSRP since when it was in transit [in September],” said Anthony. “I emailed them expressing interest (a different email than the one they have; I have about 8 different emails from companies I own). I get an email that the car was sold to the person that ordered it last year. I replied that yes, the car was ordered by me. The ad was taken done immediately.”
The car is no longer listed on their website and Liberty has also taken down their Facebook page after other Corvette enthusiasts in the Facebook group began expressing their disapproval.
Whether or not Anthony prevails in the matter, we’ll have to wait and see!
It appears that Liberty Chevrolet did the right thing and delivered Anthony’s car to him at the originally agreed-upon price. Anthony posted this photo on Sunday showing him (in the middle) with his son (left) and his “judicial friend” (right) as they picked up the black Corvette Stingray. He writes on Facebook, “Picked up my C8 today at MSRP as promised, Thank you for all the help!!!”
Here’s Anthony’s full post from the C8 Corvette Owners (And Friends) Facebook Group:
SORRY FOR GRAMMER, RAMBLING ON AND ALL BUT IM REALLY UPSET:
my new C8 arrived at the dealership 10/06/20. Unfortunately for them they decided to extort me for 10K markup. Mind you I have a signed agreement at $85,805 w/DFC and my $1,000 deposit check stating the same deposited on 08/09/19 the went status 1100 on 09/13/19 #XFNCBZ order. Last week I received a call from sales manager my C8 was ready for pick up. I was on my way the next day to pick it up, with a friend (with a let’s say”judicial background”) he suggested to call Dealer before we leave for a 375 mile round trip so he first called a friend at DMV for fees and Ca taxes then minus the deposit it came out to around $93,000- he said call the sales manager to confirm your math, I was a little puzzled But did so the sale Manager agreed on the $93K math but said there’s a 10K markup, if you want your car today or you can order one and wait a another year or two. ( mind you I already did that pre GM strike and pre COVID and the year has pasted AND GONE, I see another grin for my bud, he wrote now tell tell him the facts you all agreed the car was to be 85,805, SM said no way I have the paperwork with 10K over right in front of me- my guy smiles again. My Friend laughed out loud saying perfect tell him to take pictures of the doc’s and text them to me ASAP.!Now he gets a little rowdy and nervous yelling what paperwork it understood by everyone that to order a C8 last year in August/ September it was going to be 10K over.I hung up, he tried calling back, I was on another line, he then sends a text, stating either you agree to the 10K by the end of day or I’ll sell your car first thing tomorrow morning for 20-30k over. My passenger said you really lucked out he just purged himself and committed a Felony or two. not going to end up well for him. Now it’s 10 days later car is still there. FYI- mine was the only 2020 C8 they have allocated.
A day that started as a good exciting day for me is going to turn out to be the sales manager worst nightmare- don’t worry about my legal fees it all pro bono, why because my guy hates extortion, we are both first generation Sicilian from Palermo, and it kinda pisses us off when people refer to us as mobsters/ Mafia/ Extortionists. when the real extortionists are in Selma, California ( Liberty Chevrolet).
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