Ok so I went to Lucas Chevrolet in Central New Jersey to order my camaro today. 1SS/RS with Boston Speakers, Sunroof, and 20" Polished Aluminum wheels. I get directed to the GM and I pull out the Camaro Workbook, the price list, and a word doc with everything I want to include package numbers. The conversation starts out slowly and I think he is a little rattled when he saw me pull out all this paperwork (my wife is of the same opinion). Clearly he does not know much about Camaro production or numbers and seems to stumble a little. As I am talking I notice a small group of salesmen gathered around us which I had to kind of smile about. So I start with the first and most important question in my book:
Q: "What is your policy on MSRP?"
A: A lot of uhmmm, yeah, see, blah blah blah but finally I got to -- we stay as close as possible to MSRP, maybe $500 to $1000 over but we recognize the importance of returning customers (which I am).
My interpretation: Knowing that I am a returning customer, I feel confident he is not going to try to stiff me.
The GM starts to talk about "distribution" numbers which I assume he is talking about allocation. He does not know what his distribution is going to be and one of the salesmen chimes in on the subject. This salesmen has a customer who is looking to get the Camaro as well. He starts talking about "distribution" and seems to be more knowledgeable about the Camaro than anyone else standing around me. He talks about the early order program and all the basic details that have been discussed on this forum. Suddenly, the GM says we are in good standing with GM and would expect to get a good "distribution" number but will probably not know for sure for a month or two....possibly end of January. I remained silent.
The GM says we really don't have prices but we can take your order to which he provides me a copy of an email showing the base prices of the LS & RS. I believe I have seen the same email on the forum.
At the end, he says he will take my order even though he doesn't have a price listing of the different packages yet and that the ordering system should be ready to accept the orders with all pertinent information required by Thursday.
At this point I am a little concerned about the "distribution" discussion so ask him about a deposit. Requires $500 which I thought was reasonable. I gave them my deposit and on Thursday the salesman is going to notify me that it was in the system. I specifically asked that I receive a "customer order number" which he says will not be a problem.
Thoughts on this?
Last edited by Wolvescp; 10-13-2008 at 02:16 PM.