Corvette Dealer Tells Buyers To Stop Calling Already

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - October 26, 2021

While phone calls are a time-tested way for buyers to ask about a car, one Chevy dealer in New Jersey appears to have had enough. Hours before the official reveal of the all-new C8 Z06, a dealer in Atlantic City told customers not to bother calling as it works to fill a backlog of orders still on the books for 2022 Corvettes.

A little before 9 am Eastern Time today, Ciocca Corvette emailed customers stating: "Because our sales team is currently occupied with delivering new, 2022 Stingrays that are rolling off the line, we ask that you do not call the showroom with any questions." If you have a question, you'll have to put it in writing first.

That's certainly an unusual request, but it may be understandable. Ciocca claims to be the "world's largest Corvette dealership," and its website lists almost 350 Stingray orders still in process, just 1 of which is actually available on-ground at the dealer. Interest in the 670-horsepower 2023 Z06 is expected to be high.

Corvette production has seen a number of challenges, with demand far outstripping supply. Based on our analysis, Corvette prices have remained very high well over a year after the launch of the C8. From the outset, base models were surprisingly hard to find, with buyers banding together to escape Corvette markups.

Even though the C8 ranks among the "most American" cars, patriotic sports car buyers will most likely pay a significant premium. In addition to lacking incentives for buying & leasing, the Corvette is excluded from special deals like GM Supplier Pricing as well as loyalty discounts available on most Chevy models.

If you're looking to get on your local dealer's reservation list, you may want to check their individual requirements carefully, especially when it comes to placing a deposit. In Ciocca's case, current Stingray reservations are "not transferrable" to the Z06 and will require an entirely new reservation in order to get on the list.

Pictured: 2023 Z06 (top), dealer email screenshot (above)

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As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analyses of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine, and more.

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