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So Friday, My credit was approved but the only Hellcat that the dealer had, just wasn't my color. As I was headed for the door, I ask about ordering one in the color I wanted. Well I was told that of course ordering Hellcat's was Restricted at the moment and that they wouldn't know what the dealerships allotment would be until the beginning of the month(Today). Then a Manager said he'd check with his rep, but the rumor mill had it that they weren't even taking orders in April and possibly May so I left . Anyhow, I had no sooner walked in the door when my salesmen called me back and said the rep got back with to his manager and it was good news for me. He said that if he pushed the order thru as sold, for a $1,000 deposit (non refundable) "I would have my Hellcat made to order in 6 to 8 weeks". So I went thru the build specs I wanted in my car as I was on the phone and let them charger my credit card for a grand. This was Friday. Today I received a text from my salesman informing me that a vin number was generated for my new hellcat and he gave it to me.


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Does this make sense as to the order of operations? Never ordered a new car and just wanted to run it by the brotherhood
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Semper Fi
 

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So Friday, My credit was approved but the only Hellcat that the dealer had, just wasn't my color. As I was headed for the door, I ask about ordering one in the color I wanted. Well I was told that of course ordering Hellcat's was Restricted at the moment and that they wouldn't know what the dealerships allotment would be until the beginning of the month(Today). Then a Manager said he'd check with his rep, but the rumor mill had it that they weren't even taking orders in April and possibly May so I left . Anyhow, I had no sooner walked in the door when my salesmen called me back and said the rep got back with to his manager and it was good news for me. He said that if he pushed the order thru as sold, for a $1,000 deposit (non refundable) "I would have my Hellcat made to order in 6 to 8 weeks". So I went thru the build specs I wanted in my car as I was on the phone and let them charger my credit card for a grand. This was Friday. Today I received a text from my salesman informing me that a vin number was generated for my new hellcat and he gave it to me.


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Does this make sense as to the order of operations? Never ordered a new car and just wanted to run it by the brotherhood
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Semper Fi

I just ordered a Challenger Scat Pack Wide Body last Tuesday on March 26th and I got both my VIN Number and VON Number the next day on March 27th for my car. Your experience has me wondering about a question that I've been asking and trying to get answered on here in the forums that nobody has an answer to. You say that you just received a VIN Number for your Hellcat order just yesterday which was Monday, April 1st. The Brampton plant up in Ontario, Canada that makes all the different model Challenger cars has temporarily closed starting on Sunday, March 31st and they will be closed for the next 2 weeks from April 1st up until and including April 14th. They will be reopening back up again on April 15th.

What I'm wondering is "HOW" were you able to get a VIN Number for your Hellcat order while the Brampton plant is temporarily closed?? I myself am having a hard time trying to find out from Dodge Customer Service and from the dealer whether the current status on my Challenger Scat Pack Wide Body can move up to a D1 Status with a Build Date from its current D Status that it's in right now. If the Brampton plant is currently closed like it is and if you already received a VIN Number for your Hellcat order while the plant is temporarily closed, then I wonder whether there's a possibility that I will receive a D1 Status with a Build Date for my order too? Another thing that gets me thinking here is that if you received a VIN Number for your Hellcat order while the Brampton plant is currently temporarily shut down right now, then the VIN Number that you acquired was generated "electronically" by Dodge's automated computer system without requiring the Brampton plant to be open and production going on in it. As I found out, when we place an order for a Challenger through the Dodge dealer, the first few stages of our new car order (acquiring the VIN Number and VON Number) that go through are generated "electronically" through the Dodge computer system. However, any stage that requires assembly also goes through Dodge's computer system, but it requires that the Brampton plant to be open and in full production mode for the assembly stages to register and update themselves.
So I'm wondering if Dodge has set up their computer system to have the capability to automatically generate the D Status and the D1 Status while the plant is temporarily closed just like it automatically generated your VIN Number and VON Number?? It would be nice to be able to find out the answer to this question. Nobody here or at Dodge Customer Service or at the dealer knows the answer to this question and they all give different answers to it. The only person who can clearly answer this question is someone who knows how the computerized Dodge ordering system works when the Brampton plant is temporarily shut down. There has to be some early ordering stages (like acquiring the VIN Number, Von Number, D Status and D1 Status with a Build Date) that occur "electronically" without requiring the Brampton plant to be open and operational. Otherwise, how else could've of you acquired your VIN Number like you did on April 1st while the plant was closed??
 

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So Friday, My credit was approved but the only Hellcat that the dealer had, just wasn't my color. As I was headed for the door, I ask about ordering one in the color I wanted. Well I was told that of course ordering Hellcat's was Restricted at the moment and that they wouldn't know what the dealerships allotment would be until the beginning of the month(Today). Then a Manager said he'd check with his rep, but the rumor mill had it that they weren't even taking orders in April and possibly May so I left . Anyhow, I had no sooner walked in the door when my salesmen called me back and said the rep got back with to his manager and it was good news for me. He said that if he pushed the order thru as sold, for a $1,000 deposit (non refundable) "I would have my Hellcat made to order in 6 to 8 weeks". So I went thru the build specs I wanted in my car as I was on the phone and let them charger my credit card for a grand. This was Friday. Today I received a text from my salesman informing me that a vin number was generated for my new hellcat and he gave it to me.


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Does this make sense as to the order of operations? Never ordered a new car and just wanted to run it by the brotherhood
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Semper Fi

Makes sense from the dealer's perspective. It has your $1000 non refundable (??!!) deposit and among other things it means you are very unlikely to go to anotherr dealer and buy a car.



(Can a dealer really hold you to that non refundable deposit? I'm thinking a dealer might say that just to get a feel for how serious a shopper is but there are laws -- at least in some areas -- where a deposit can't be non-refundable.)


Maybe the car arrives in 6 to 8 weeks. I'm not current on how long it takes to build a car to a customer's specifications and deliver a car to a customer.


Be sure as soon as you can you review the order to ensure it is correct. Mistakes can be made and ordering over the phone is as mistake prone as any and more than some.



When the car comes in be sure it is correct, agrees with what you ordered. If it does not agree with the order you don't have to take the car, but with that non refundable deposit if this indeed the case you pay $1000 for the dealer's mistake.
 

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At least in Massachusetts, the 'non-refundable' deposit is in reality; refundable. Been there done that, with another dealership a dozen plus years ago. It took involving the AG and a month of hassle, but I got it back. Vowed never to get myself into a situation like that again.

You're order seems legit. Your order may initially be generated a VIN as part of the order process prior to the plant receiving it or attaching it.

Best of luck to you!!
 

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You get a VIN in D status which happens pretty quickly once there is allocation. Your experience mirrors mine and I'd consider yourself as owning that Challenger. Mine has taken more than 8 weeks but is on the train to me now. Good luck!
 

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You get a VIN in D status which happens pretty quickly once there is allocation. Your experience mirrors mine and I'd consider yourself as owning that Challenger. Mine has taken more than 8 weeks but is on the train to me now. Good luck!

Thanks, I'm more confident than I was yesterday to be sure. Yes they have my Loot, which might be enough to keep me hostage. But my happiness is priceless as are my dreams. The fact that My Scat has 30K+ on her is the only reason im making the move to a newer car. And quite frankly if they stopped making Challengers today, a Pro charger, headers and a tune would be very respectable and might even save my marriage:wiggle:


So you received you vin after a deposit, did you get a build sheet, I'm not sure how to check my Vin to see if the car was ordered correctly. Tell me more if you would how to track it. What should I ask my salesman for as far as documentation to bemore informed..


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What kind of discount are you guys getting on the Hellcats by ordering one?

Here around the NC area quite a few are sitting on dealers lots and can be picked up up to 7k of sticker price and 6k for the Redeyes.

From what I heard that is the reason the factory is closing for a couple of weeks, too many dodge Challengers sitting in dealer lots.
 

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Your sales person can get you a print out of how they ordered it, it's called the priced order confirmation (POC). It will also have the VIN on it and the current build status.

I've found the chat option at the Dodge website is the quickest way to get updates.
 

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What kind of discount are you guys getting on the Hellcats by ordering one?

Here around the NC area quite a few are sitting on dealers lots and can be picked up up to 7k of sticker price and 6k for the Redeyes.

From what I heard that is the reason the factory is closing for a couple of weeks, too many dodge Challengers sitting in dealer lots.
Honestly I'm cheating a bit, I ordered a Scat Pack. Price wise it was the same as getting one off the lot, though it took some negotiating.
 

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Maybe the car arrives in 6 to 8 weeks. I'm not current on how long it takes to build a car to a customer's specifications and deliver a car to a customer.
I wouldn't count on 6 to 8 weeks. That's standard dealer talk.

Our second attempt took a mere 50 days from being ordered to delivered to the dealer, being "helped through the system" by inside sources. In comparison, the first one took four months and eight days to get to the dealer after it was built.

Hopefully this one will be quick, but six weeks is unrealistic even if the plant was open.
 

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Thanks, I'm more confident than I was yesterday to be sure. Yes they have my Loot, which might be enough to keep me hostage. But my happiness is priceless as are my dreams. The fact that My Scat has 30K+ on her is the only reason im making the move to a newer car. And quite frankly if they stopped making Challengers today, a Pro charger, headers and a tune would be very respectable and might even save my marriage:wiggle:


So you received you vin after a deposit, did you get a build sheet, I'm not sure how to check my Vin to see if the car was ordered correctly. Tell me more if you would how to track it. What should I ask my salesman for as far as documentation to bemore informed..


Thanks for everyone's replies

Dodge salesman are just as much clueless about your VIN and order just like Dodge Customer Service is.
 

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Dodge salesman are just as much clueless about your VIN and order just like Dodge Customer Service is.
H,mm never had that problem with Dodge customer service when we ordered our 2018 SRT.They were more than help full keeping us up to date where our car was.:wink3:
 

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When you ask Dodge customer service a simple question like “how long does it usually take for a vehicle to change over from D Status to D1 Status”, they have no clue. When I ask Dodge customer service a question like, “can a vehicle change from D Status to D1 Status “electronically” while the Brampton plant is temporary shut down for 2 weeks”, they are again clueless and don’t have an answer. Dodge customer service needs to know the answers to these types of questions because it’s not the first time that the Brampton plant has temporarily shut down like this with customer vehicle orders being in the D Status. They should be able to give a straight answer to these questions. But they don’t.
 

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So Friday, My credit was approved but the only Hellcat that the dealer had, just wasn't my color. As I was headed for the door, I ask about ordering one in the color I wanted. Well I was told that of course ordering Hellcat's was Restricted at the moment and that they wouldn't know what the dealerships allotment would be until the beginning of the month(Today). Then a Manager said he'd check with his rep, but the rumor mill had it that they weren't even taking orders in April and possibly May so I left . Anyhow, I had no sooner walked in the door when my salesmen called me back and said the rep got back with to his manager and it was good news for me. He said that if he pushed the order thru as sold, for a $1,000 deposit (non refundable) "I would have my Hellcat made to order in 6 to 8 weeks". So I went thru the build specs I wanted in my car as I was on the phone and let them charger my credit card for a grand. This was Friday. Today I received a text from my salesman informing me that a vin number was generated for my new hellcat and he gave it to me.


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Does this make sense as to the order of operations? Never ordered a new car and just wanted to run it by the brotherhood
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Semper Fi
Thanks for your service brother!!! You guys are the best. Good luck with the Hellcat.
 

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H,mm never had that problem with Dodge customer service when we ordered our 2018 SRT.They were more than help full keeping us up to date where our car was.:wink3:
In all fairness, they can only provide whatever information they have access to. But it did seem a bit strange to hear that our car had been shipped, three different times over a period of as many months.

If I didn't know better (actually, I don't) I'd say that they use a dart board to pick the answers to the most common questions.
Since they generally ended the conversation with "Check back in a week", it was a fairly safe bet that they'd hit a different part of the dart board that time.
 

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In all fairness, they can only provide whatever information they have access to. But it did seem a bit strange to hear that our car had been shipped, three different times over a period of as many months.

If I didn't know better (actually, I don't) I'd say that they use a dart board to pick the answers to the most common questions.
Since they generally ended the conversation with "Check back in a week", it was a fairly safe bet that they'd hit a different part of the dart board that time.

Yeah, it’s too bad that the jabronis at Dodge customer service don’t know the answers to simple questions. Dodge needs to give them training so they can know the answers to these questions. Otherwise, these Dodge customer service reps are better off driving an ice cream truck.
 

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Delivery is an issue, I don't follow other makes, so no idea if it's across the board. I still say they can't tell you where it is because they know it's going to take a long time, and would rather appear clueless. A Guy
 

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Supposedly they aren't allowed to give detailed information about where in the shipping process it is anymore, even if they can tell where the vehicle is by their computer.

In order of factual information, my experience has been that chat is almost useless, calling is hit or miss, and the dealer usually has good and timely info.
 

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I just did an online "live chat" with Dodge Customer Service. I gave them my VIN Number and Von Number (Vehicle order Number) and they told me that my Challenger order has moved up from D Status to "D1 Status". It moved to D1 Status on April 2nd just 4 days ago. They also told me that the "Estimated Ship Date" for my car will be on April 17th.

I know that the Brampton assembly plant will reopen for production again on April 15th. Is it possible that my Challenger will be built in only 1 day, say on the 15th or the 16th of April when the plant reopens again and be shipped out on the next day on April 17th like their computer system says??? Or do you think that this is unlikely to happen and that my car will be built on April 17th or a few days after April 17th and be shipped out on the week of April 22nd? How accurate is the Ship Date of April 17th that Dodge Customer Service just gave me for my Challenger? Is that an accurate enough ship date or is it inaccurate and only an "estimated" ship date?
 
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