Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: southern New Jersey
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I still have my 2009 Hemi Orange SRT and thoroughly enjoy it. I took delivery on December 13, 2008 from Bob Frederick and instantly became a "rock star." Everywhere I went people were asking me about it and taking photos.
Here's my nerve-racking purchase story. I knew that I was buying the SRT when I first saw photos of the 2006 concept car and, later, a 2009 production model at the Philadelphia Auto Show. As they say, "it was love at first sight." At the time, the car was in great demand and the factory was not offering any kind of incentives. In addition, dealers were adding on "market adjustments." I, however, found a dealer in Illinois, Champion Dodge, that would discount it $1,000. I quickly gave a $500 deposit, in May 2008, and starting the waiting game. On October 30, disaster struck. I got a tip from Brampton Builder, one of our members, that my order had been CANCELLED. What??? Who cancelled it? I immediately called the dealership only to learn that it had gone bankrupt! After getting over the shock, I disputed my deposit with VISA and got it credited to my card. My next step, after wasting 5 long months, was how to get a Challenger. I was desperate.
Fortunately, one of our former members, NOTSURE, put me in touch with Frederick Dodge. Bob Frederick was great and ordered an SRT for me (sticker price). However, after it was built, it was moved to a holding lot in Detroit and it sat there for 10 days. Another delay! Bob had to pull some strings to get it released and priority shipped to him. I then paid $500 for an enclosed trailer delivery from Ohio to my home in NJ. It arrived 6 days after my birthday and 12 days before Christmas- 7 long months after I started the process, but what a present!
Attached, are three photos showing the SRT at the Philadelphia Auto Show and its delivery at Frederick Dodge and at my home.
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