The Georgia Lottery winner of a C8 Corvette may be getting his new mid-engine Stingray sooner than expected.
We told you last week that Dennis Kahler had won the new Corvette plus $250,000 thanks to a Georgia Lottery Corvette and Cash scratch-off ticket.
Unfortunately, because of the intense popularity of the eighth generation sports car, the Lottery was having problems finding a car for Kahler.
Now, Jim Ellis Chevrolet of Atlanta – one of the top 10 Corvette dealers in 2020 with 131 sold – has come to the rescue.
Thanks to their willingness to help out, Kahler hopes to receive his 2021 Corvette – a Rapid Blue 2LT Z51 – by March. The Lottery had budgeted $107,000 for the new car, and since Ellis Chevy is apparently willing to sell the car for MSRP of roughly $80,000, Kahler will receive the balance in cash, in addition to the other $250,000.
Earlier, the lottery had managed to find a dealership that was willing to help out but they allegedly want an extra $10,000 markup over MSRP. That didn’t please Kahler, however.
“I used to be a general sales manager for a dealership, so I know the way things operate,” he said. “I’m not giving up the money on my purchase by using them.”
Kahler did find another option, Master Chevrolet that says they can order a 2021 in the third quarter of this year but they can’t guarantee a delivery date.
Now, if all goes as planned, Jim Ellis Chevy has stepped in to save the day in March.
This is also probably a good time to point out that it’s not hopeless for someone not on the waiting list to still get a new Corvette. The Georgia dealership where my son formerly was a salesman recently put an unaccounted-for black on black 2021 convertible up for sale to the first taker, and it was gone in just a few hours, grabbed by some lucky customer who happened to be in the right place at the right time. The moral: Watch the internet like a hawk, and you too might be able to snatch up a new mid-engine Stingray sooner rather than later.
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