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Old 11-20-2010, 11:50 PM   #1
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Exclamation 2012 Camaro Z28: Possible Factory Delivery Option??

If an ordering option existed for the possible upcoming Z28 where you could pick up your Camaro from the factory, what do you think should be included with this option and what price would you be willing to pay?

Some examples could include...
  1. All build documents...
  2. Pictures of your car being built along the line...
  3. Tour of the plant...
  4. Getting the opportunity to help build your car in one fashion or another...
  5. Taking your new Z28 to the Mosport International Raceway for some one on one driving lessons after pickup...


If you are interested in buying a Z28, I'd love to hear your input on a possible "pick up and delivery from the plant" option. This would be similar to the pick up and delivery of a new corvette from the Bowling Green Assemply Plant and museum.

Please try not to get unrealistic with your ideas (ie: option costs $300 and you get to build the engine, and everything else possible). Let's figure the option to be around .....say....$1,500.00 to try to keep it reasonable....I mean...with all build paperwork, type of tour, etc, and all (if it were possible).

Ideas?
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If I were to get the Z28...I'm thinking I'd be about tapped as far as $$ goes. So an extra $1500 for a delivery option would be out of the question.

I think the Corvette's factory delivery is something like $450? If I remember right, that's a tour of the plant, and a museum pass, too. If paperwork and pictures could be added in there for a small amount more ($50-$100)...somewhere in that $550-600.00 range could be doable, and really cool, too!!

I think the ZR1 comes with a "learn to drive your car" feature with every purchase just because of that vehicle's insane abilities. If anyone bought a Z28 and wanted to take a performance driving course (highly advised, imo), they could probably opt for it themselves, instead of getting a 'factory option'.


My .02...any more expensive than $600.00, and I think it becomes a passed-over option in favor of some other things.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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I'd love to have the chance to help put the power plant together, I.E. Help put the transmission together with the engine. Now that would be a great experience.

It would be nice to have the chance to maybe even have a build book put together. Have a photographer take pictures of how the car is assembled and when it receives it's VIN. I would pay 300 to 500 for that option.
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I remember when placing my order for my SS. I wanted nothing more than to be there...take part in the build....do ANYTHING I could do to be a part of the build and or take delivery of my SS at the plant....so much as to pay extra to get that option.

When that wasn't an option, I begged to have everyone who had a hand in building my car, sign my car. I mean....it was a huge ordeal for me. It was a major thing. I'd just love to see that as an option....you know. That'd be TOO cool!
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Hell if I was given the option I would have paid the $5000 they charge to build your own engine. (maybe I could have slipped a nice cam in at the time under warranty )
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From all I have read and heard DOCUMENTATION is the biggest thing for these cars if you want to retain long term value. I would give my front seat in hades to be able to be there for the birthing process. But a video coming down the line along with all the still shots (QC cams?) thrown in for good measure would be awesome. It would also be nice to have an engraved plate either for the dash or engine compartment that says "This car built especially for... on (date) at Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. I do like the idea of having the plant workers sign a master copy of the "birth certificate" which is also thrown in the mix.
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A plane ticket to Oshawa and lodging would be additional expenses as well, so, it will get pricey quick!

Could also be border issues as well... registration, ins. etc.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:46 AM   #8
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If I could afford it, there's no doubt about it.
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1/4 mile drag strip, as well as road course lessons. As soon as we're graduated give us a few hours of time to tear up the track.
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From all I have read and heard DOCUMENTATION is the biggest thing for these cars if you want to retain long term value. I would give my front seat in hades to be able to be there for the birthing process. But a video coming down the line along with all the still shots (QC cams?) thrown in for good measure would be awesome. It would also be nice to have an engraved plate either for the dash or engine compartment that says "This car built especially for... on (date) at Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. I do like the idea of having the plant workers sign a master copy of the "birth certificate" which is also thrown in the mix.
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Well, it would be a one way ticket (most likely)...if you are going to drive it back. One ways are too much.

You could get a passport if you wanted.

I'm sure the "over the border" thing could easily be worked out. You buy it in the states from your dealer, check the option, but pick it up in Canada to drive back. Heck, I'm sure you could have it shipped if you wanted. But, what's the point of buying this bad boy if it can't be driven!!!

What I'd have given to have been at the plant....ugh....

I'm just saying...if GM made this an option...

HOW AWESOME would that be...
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Well, it would be a one way ticket (most likely)...if you are going to drive it back. One ways are too much.

You could get a passport if you wanted.

I'm sure the "over the border" thing could easily be worked out. You buy it in the states from your dealer, check the option, but pick it up in Canada to drive back. Heck, I'm sure you could have it shipped if you wanted. But, what's the point of buying this bad boy if it can't be driven!!!

What I'd have given to have been at the plant....ugh....

I'm just saying...if GM made this an option...

HOW AWESOME would that be...
Awesome would be an understatement
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How many other manufacturers offer something like this?

You want to talk about brand loyalty and ownership pride?

....mm hmm...
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that would be cool.
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Corvette does it at Bowling Green, but there is a huge ripoff in the deal. You still have to pay the destination charge, even though you picked it up yourself at the plant.

I would do a pick up at the Camaro plant for my next Camaro, but only if they knock off the $850 destination charge. I'm not paying nearly a grand for something that did not occur.
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From the title, I thought someone actually wanted a Z28 pick-up-not to pick up their Z28 from the factory......I was almost


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Corvette does it at Bowling Green, but there is a huge ripoff in the deal. You still have to pay the destination charge, even though you picked it up yourself at the plant.

I would do a pick up at the Camaro plant for my next Camaro, but only if they knock off the $850 destination charge. I'm not paying nearly a grand for something that did not occur.
It is not a ripoff. It is a contract with the shipping company. They deliver the cars anywhere for the same price, whether it be 2 or 2000 miles from the factory.

If you could get an $850 discount by taking delivery at the NCM, the shipping company would lose a lot of money.

There will never be a museum or delivery option for the Camaro. Very few customers are in Canada or willing to go to Canada to pick up their car.
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It is not a ripoff. It is a contract with the shipping company. They deliver the cars anywhere for the same price, whether it be 2 or 2000 miles from the factory.

If you could get an $850 discount by taking delivery at the NCM, the shipping company would lose a lot of money.

There will never be a museum or delivery option for the Camaro. Very few customers are in Canada or willing to go to Canada to pick up their car.
Why should the shipping company get paid for something they don't do?? I certainly don't get paid for every house that I don't build!! That's one of the problems in this country today, many people seem to think that people and companies are "entitled" to be paid whether they do anything or not.
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Why should the shipping company get paid for something they don't do?? I certainly don't get paid for every house that I don't build!! That's one of the problems in this country today, many people seem to think that people and companies are "entitled" to be paid whether they do anything or not.
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They DO ship the Corvettes across the street, on a truck, to the loading docks of the Corvette museum. Yeah, it's only a couple of miles from the plant parking lot, but they're loaded and unloaded from the truck as normal. You're not getting out of the destination charge. Because otherwise, they'd ship it to whichever dealer you bought it from. Same price. You're just paying extra for them to drop it at other than the dealership. Sounds screwy for sure, but root cause? You can probably blame your unions for that little stipulation.
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Why should the shipping company get paid for something they don't do?? I certainly don't get paid for every house that I don't build!! That's one of the problems in this country today, many people seem to think that people and companies are "entitled" to be paid whether they do anything or not.
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When we ordered our 1999 Corvette, we elected to purchase the museum delivery option. We had bought a lot of previously owned Corvettes up to that time but figured that we would most likely only buy one new Corvette and decided to make the most of it. It gave a guided personal tour of the Corvette Museum and also a personal guided tour of the Corvette Plant. My wife got to start one of the Vettes coming off the assembly line (not ours) and made for a lot of nice pictures and memories. We drove it through the Blue Ridge mountains and we took our time driving back to Florida. I am glad that we did it, but most likely would not do it again. My Z28 will be delivered to the west coast of Florida about 4 hours away and that will still make for a nice ride back home.
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Another problem in this country today is that people speak before having facts.
Such as what........driving it across the street?? Give me a friggin break, I'll drive it across the street for a few bucks. I stand by my original statement, too many people (companies included) expect to be paid as though it was their divine right for something they don't do. I don't care if it's the unions fault or people in general, if you can't see that then my sympathy goes out to you. People will be in for a rude awakening one day when their "right" to payment goes away.
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I really would LOVE to have an option to do something like this.

GM's hosting an "open house" at all their plants across the nation for people to come in and learn something about the company/people/products. So I don't think that "never" will hold up...it seems they're slowly breaking down all those barriers and coming around.

Being there while my car was built...talking to the people who put it together...driving it home...would DEFINITELY be worth it.....if the price is right. Having thought about it a little more, I still think $1500 would be way too much. Especially considering the cost of a plane ticket/driving/passport that somebody brought up. Hadn't thought of that...


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Such as what........driving it across the street?? Give me a friggin break, I'll drive it across the street for a few bucks. I stand by my original statement, too many people (companies included) expect to be paid as though it was their divine right for something they don't do. I don't care if it's the unions fault or people in general, if you can't see that then my sympathy goes out to you. People will be in for a rude awakening one day when their "right" to payment goes away.
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Such as what........driving it across the street?? Give me a friggin break, I'll drive it across the street for a few bucks. I stand by my original statement, too many people (companies included) expect to be paid as though it was their divine right for something they don't do. I don't care if it's the unions fault or people in general, if you can't see that then my sympathy goes out to you. People will be in for a rude awakening one day when their "right" to payment goes away.
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You know nothing of the internal working of the car, shipping or insurance world.

Your "right" to earn will go away the same day as companies have their payment rights taken away.
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After seeing Bowling Green, and how it's set up for a customer experience, and seeing Oshawa, a plant build to build cars, the only thing that could make this work is if they built a whole new building or facility.

They're not going to let an outsider step foot in there.....Hell, I was in the security sniper scope for just being on the sidewalk across the street with a camcorder in my hand!

What you MAY get is more "company" involvement in an annual event NEAR the facility, like the annual August BBOMG. It was impressive to see how many employee's (factory and High ranking management types) that came out to talk and meet with each of the event attendee's. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen -
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What you MAY get is more "company" involvement in an annual event NEAR the facility, like the annual August BBOMG. It was impressive to see how many employee's (factory and High ranking management types) that came out to talk and meet with each of the event attendee's. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen -
Very doubtful. The factory is too far away from the majority of end consumers, not to mention in another country.
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