Common sense says sold orders should take priority over dealer stock but apparently Dodge doesn't see it that way....same thing happened with the 2014 Shaker.
Hey Pat. I feel your pain and as you know I had a VIN for my car way back in 2005 only to be snatched from me. From what I gather it was one of those mega dealers in the US too. There was some thought a celebrity got my VIN, even Jay Leno's name came up, but I was never able to find out the complete story. To my good fortune someone at the very top of Chrysler in a special meeting stole a US destined VIN and that's how I got my car.Yes - and Dodge indicated that is what they were going to do with the Hellcat. No dealer allocation - just building & shipping customer "sold" orders.
Yet - once again, it appears that the Mega-Dealers with multiple franchises are able to push the suits around at Dodge.
And - guys like me, dealing with a long term family owned dealership - from which I have bought 60 Chrysler vehicles over the last 23 years (I run a local service business) and have put in a sold order back 1 day after the order banks opened in July - have no idea when or whether I will get my Hellcat.
To add insult to injury, I have raced a 300C SRT8 with numerous wins on road courses for several years now. Come on, Dodge - imagine the props you guys will get when I take a stock Hellcat out on the track and spank a few of the 'really fast guys'?
Message to Tim Kuniskis. - Lets get these orders moving out to the gearhead community with some sense of fairness & dignity!
( Meanwhile, NR starts to assemble a 'build sheet' for a C7 'vette . . .)
Hey Pat. I feel your pain and as you know I had a VIN for my car way back in 2005 only to be snatched from me. From what I gather it was one of those mega dealers in the US too. There was some thought a celebrity got my VIN, even Jay Leno's name came up, but I was never able to find out the complete story. To my good fortune someone at the very top of Chrysler in a special meeting stole a US destined VIN and that's how I got my car.
Now you need to find out if your dealer has any friends with influence up the corporate ladder. Good luck, but only old men drive C7's BTW...haha.
I know...haha.:guiness:Thanks Bernie! BTW - I AM an old man . . . >
Yes, you'll get one.. but it will not be this year, and even next year is a toss up.So what your saying is even if someone has a sold order with a small dealer in SK with no allocation they will eventually get their hellcat? My sold order was entered and I had a VON within 2 hours after the order banks opened on July 23 and as of today nothing has changed. I don't care when I get a car I just want to know IF I'm getting one. Still in BA status from day one
Just to clarify, by next year you are talking 2015 correct? As for the Jeep SRT, yes same type of deal, we ordered 2014's and waited a while for them to come in but they did come in as 2014's. 2014 was an extended model year but they delivered there sold orders.Yes, you'll get one.. but it will not be this year, and even next year is a toss up.
Again, if anyone looks at the way the Jeep SRT for 2014 was handled, same thing. Everyone was told impossible to get. These were backordered, people were waiting for 6-12 months - now they're all over. They ironed out the kinks, they got them flowing. Allocation doesn't matter at this point, want a Jeep SRT? Order one.
Same will be with Hellcat but again, not initially. I know, that part sucks.
All that you say is borne out by past experience - not just with Chrysler, but across the auto industry - in general. I say this as I once was a General Manager of a new car dealership.
None of this is any comfort to me, at this point. If, I am going to race an HC next season, I need the car soon. We need to do the suspension set up, find out weaknesses in cooling, figure out brake pads, etc. And we need to test the car.
It was my plan to do that testing in South Florida, later this winter.
If we cannot get the car in time to do all of this, then we have to seriously consider other alternatives.
I truly believe that getting a Hellcat to me soon will also be in the best interests of Dodge. After all, we do have a damn good 'track' record:
If I were you, I think you better plan on another car for next year.
I doubt you are going to see a HC anytime soon.
I ordered mine 20 minutes after the dealer was told to take orders on July 24, I was told last week it will be sometime at least late spring and up to this time next year before I see anything.
I'm gonna hang in on this order until the end of December. Hoping the suits at Dodge cut some slack to the gearhead community, not to mention guys like me who have bought numerous Mopar vehicles over the years.
In fact, I'm taking delivery of a ProMaster van for my business, on November 1st. That puts me over 60 vehicles bought from the Mothership so far.
Let's hope that the ProMaster won't be the last. Let's see how things go with my HellCat order . . .