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Old 05-01-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Grumble. Dang local dealer keeping camaro under cover

So a friend tells me that the local chevy dealer has a camaro in the showroom and I am thinking "hell yes, now I can finally sit in one" so I roll over to the dealer and sure enough, there is a camaro in the showroom. And its under a damn CAR COVER!

So I ask the salesguy whats up with that? And he says they are keeping it covered until the may6th release. I told him that was the dumbest thing I ever heard and that there are plenty of dealers showing their cars and even some test drives being allowed. I got a little frustrated and it no doubt didnt help my chances of them pulling back the cover, but I was pissed!

How can you sell a car that you wont let people see?

Anybody else ever heard of this? I havent seen any posts about that?
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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The dealer I called is getting in 5 of them.....when asking about my specific specifications. He told me he would call the minute they got there and I can come down and test drive the LT and the SS to see which one I liked. Maybe my dealer needs to sell cars?
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:51 PM   #3
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from what I can tell my dealer already sold his v6 (not sure he will have v6 for may6th.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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That is pretty stupid... why would they tease people like that?
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:57 PM   #5
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... got a call from my dealer about 2 weeks ago... they had just gotten their dealer car; a 1LT/RS. The saleperson indicated that they were supposed to keep it covered for the 5/6 reveal. Fortunately, they have it proudly displayed in the showroom... and it's absolutely beautiful !!! ... what a car !!!
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:59 PM   #6
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GM's specific directions were to do exactly what the op's dealer is doing. It builds anticipation for normal, non-enthusiasts.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
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Either one of two things....GM told them to do it and they NEED to sell the cars. Being afraid youll go to another dealer and buy one from them who have it displayd. They show and sell them. OR They are just hyping it up even more. Considering people obviously already have them in thier garages....what is there to hide anymore?
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It's a GM marketing idea to save them for this coming Wednesday.

The dealers make their own decisions in the end.

I'd grumble too...

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Old 05-01-2009, 04:02 PM   #9
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GM's specific directions were to do exactly what the op's dealer is doing. It builds anticipation for normal, non-enthusiasts.


And it really annoys diehards!
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:04 PM   #10
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If in the area of the City of Orange Selman Chevrolet has one that I just looked at in their showroom.

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Old 05-01-2009, 04:06 PM   #11
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:11 PM   #12
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Really though I understand not seeing it in person and wanting too ---->Me but really the only people that havnt googled it or seen it in a magazine would be like a old couple that goes in there and sees it all hidden under its cover and get all excited. Though I share their excitment it wouldnt be for the suspense of Oh man whats under there....but the holy crap theres the new Camaro can I see it???.....NO? Ok then Ill find another dealer thanks much. So IMO marketing plan = FAIL
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #13
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So a friend tells me that the local chevy dealer has a camaro in the showroom and I am thinking "hell yes, now I can finally sit in one" so I roll over to the dealer and sure enough, there is a camaro in the showroom. And its under a damn CAR COVER!

So I ask the salesguy whats up with that? And he says they are keeping it covered until the may6th release. I told him that was the dumbest thing I ever heard and that there are plenty of dealers showing their cars and even some test drives being allowed. I got a little frustrated and it no doubt didnt help my chances of them pulling back the cover, but I was pissed!

How can you sell a car that you wont let people see?

Anybody else ever heard of this? I havent seen any posts about that?
Hmmmmmmmm..........

I wanna guess which SoCal dealership you went to. Was it the same one with the BIG LIGHTBOARD SIGN on the freeway that said "2010 Camaro HERE NOW!!" ?

F'n unbelievable how unedumacated some of these dealers are.
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My dealer put their camaro cover over another car that isn't even remotely the same shape because their camaros weren't in yet.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:20 PM   #15
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GM's specific directions were to do exactly what the op's dealer is doing. It builds anticipation for normal, non-enthusiasts.
Talked to my dealer today and there is one on the showroom floor with a cover on it. GM specific instructions. They are doing what they have been asked to do and I am totally cool with it. They were also asked to not sell it right away so folks could actually look at it. They will let you drive it but only in their rather large car lot, not on the actual street.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:39 PM   #16
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If they want to excite people just give us our cars so that we can drive them on the road and answer questions for people. Most people on this site know more about the Camaro than the average salesperson anyway. And we can direct them to the nearest dealer too......
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:47 PM   #17
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In Connecticut every dealer that I visited has already sold the Camaro that they were supposed to have for the May 6th unveiling.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:47 PM   #18
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So a friend tells me that the local chevy dealer has a camaro in the showroom and I am thinking "hell yes, now I can finally sit in one" so I roll over to the dealer and sure enough, there is a camaro in the showroom. And its under a damn CAR COVER!

So I ask the salesguy whats up with that? And he says they are keeping it covered until the may6th release. I told him that was the dumbest thing I ever heard and that there are plenty of dealers showing their cars and even some test drives being allowed. I got a little frustrated and it no doubt didnt help my chances of them pulling back the cover, but I was pissed!

How can you sell a car that you wont let people see?

Anybody else ever heard of this? I havent seen any posts about that?
What dealer in SoCal...LA area, San Diego, Where???
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:48 PM   #19
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Here in lovely las vegas, sin city the capital of shady deals and even more than shady dealers I went to my local chev dealer, just down the street, they got a new rs 2ss in, red, you could see it, sit in it, even make cool noises as you imagined driving it, because you cant drive it. Why, they have it for sale sort of for 10K over msrp of 40K. Now mind you its a nice car, not my fav color but nice, a bit spartan in the inside, but its a go car not a sit and not think car like my Audi s6. I bought a 67 off the show room floor a few thousand years ago so I wanted to duplicate that moment. But the dealer ruined that, 10K over, for way, in this day and time who is going to pay that amount, no bank will finance that amount you have to come out of pocket the 10K at least and probably more. SO I wrote the dealer and email and I was impressed the sales manager called, he actually listened to what I had to say. He feels there will be lots of camaros out there to buy soon, GM needs this and so does the dealer. I doubt there will be that many people who want a camaro but there will be some. Bottom line is this it seems like dealers love to take advantage of emotions, I decided to heck with them, soon they will have too many, no buyers to speak of and they will be begging to sell them, I will wait. Meanwhile the idea of the camaro might be better than the real thing. Going to drive a challenger tonight, seems that Chrysler is having some problems of their own, hmm interesting.
I think car should be sold by the manufacture and dealers just deliver what you bought and already agreed to pay for. Dealers in todays world offer little or no more than a petting farm. Service is important,. not the sales effort. People are not stupid, and we know what we want and are capable of ordering what we want on the web, dealers are no longer needed.
Just my humble thoughts. No intention to upset any dealers who read this if they read this.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:55 PM   #20
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I called all the dealers in my area and found one 100 miles away and he said they had a black one. So we drove down there to see it. When we got there it was covered! They told me they weren't suppose to uncover it! But since we had driven so far they uncovered it for us. Way cool! First one I had seen and sat in love it! I told the salesman I would have ordered from him if they weren't charging 5K over MSRP
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:25 PM   #21
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Anybody else ever heard of this? I havent seen any posts about that?
There has been plenty of post about this!
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:33 PM   #22
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I'll be so glad when all this pomp and circumstance is done on May 6th so we can get to regular business as usual (well hopefully).
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:35 PM   #23
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This covered Camaro stuff is so much and getting more rediculous every day. Spare us the idiocy, work out the kinks and deliver our cars!
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:37 PM   #24
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The dealer I called is getting in 5 of them.....when asking about my specific specifications. He told me he would call the minute they got there and I can come down and test drive the LT and the SS to see which one I liked. Maybe my dealer needs to sell cars?
What dealer is this?
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:43 PM   #25
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One dealer that I know of here has theirs under cover as well and the one I ordered through has theirs hidden in the back! Two other dealers close by though have theirs out for viewing and one is a 2SS.
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