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Old 05-14-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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Patience is its Own Reward!

Fellow Camaro 5 Members:

I have been on this board now since March 2008. Obviously not an original member, but I have kept pretty much up to speed and posted when I felt appropriate. Which leads me to what I am saying here.

I ordered during the pre-order time frame. Prior to ordering I surveyed several dealers in my area. Only one, told me that they would not sell for over MSRP. One!!!! Out of the list I had put together that winnowed the herd down considerably as far as from whom I would order my car.

When I walked into the dealer, I was approached by a Sales Associate, who had been on the job for three hours. Yes, three hours. Regardless, We sat down (my lovely wife and I) to talk about ordering a car. Our Sales Rep., having been at this position a fairly short amount of time, I kept patient, and educated him, about the Camaro. No biggy there. It was actually pleasant to take some time and explain many of the codes and ordering options available. We made our respective decisions regarding options, color, model, interior, etc. No problems. We placed our deposit on the spot. We were treated with respect. I treated my Sales Rep. With equal respect. No condescending comments, no name calling, no holier than thou attitude.

Now, here is where I diverge from many who are on this board. I was (and still am) patient about the entire process. I did not call my Dealer daily for status updates. I did not bug my Sales Rep. About the car. I did not explode at every crisis du jour as manifested on this website. I remained calm. I remained, patient. I remained excited, during the weeks between which I ordered my car and when I was notified of it’s production.

This is the first Automobile, I have ever ordered to my specifications. Interesting, in and of itself, considering I am 59 years old. When I did so, I fully understood the very real possibility that I may not see my car until sometime in the Fall.

Lo, and behold, two weeks ago, I was notified that my car was in production. This morning, I was notified that the car has arrived at my dealer.

The overall message I want to convey is this:

Be patient, this isn’t a fast food order. It is a complex piece of machinery. It consists of thousands of parts and is a result of ordering a specific package of options. It is understandable that many are anxious. To the point of distraction, I might add. But, all I can say is that I have learned one thing, during this entire process, “Patience is its own reward!”

I am grateful, for many things here. I have had the ability to purchase a vehicle that is far and away, what I would consider one of the finest muscle cars to ever come down the chute from GM. I am also grateful for all the new friends and acquaintances, I have made since the original Concept was unveiled in Detroit back in 2006. I am thankful that we live in a country where we have this kind of choice available to us for our transportation needs. (Admittedly, this will be my weekend special driver).

Most of all I am Thankful for the Team that put this car together. I am so poor with names. But, Scott, John, Cheryl, Sangyup, Ed, and everyone made it all happen!

Thanks!!!

Just got back from my Dealer. That Orange Interior Trim, just kicks butt. I am waiting for the Rally Stripes to be added. Oh my Lord, is that Car beautiful. Here's some pics:
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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Well said

Can't wait to see pics

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:58 AM   #5
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Well said... and Congrats on the new ride!!!!!
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #6
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #7
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #8
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:01 AM   #9
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:07 AM   #10
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On point!

It is the computer age and too much free time that "spin doctors" all this to soap opera level.

My status updates are given to me when my salesman calls or emails me. He said he would and has done so.

Continually calling GM 1-800 or your salesman WILL NOT get your car here earlier. The process is set in motion and it is what it is. I repeat, NOBODY can get your Camaro here sooner than the wheels of motion will allow.

Methinks it is a nervous or anxiety disorder that some people have...and no, the Camaro is not a Whopper, and this isn't Burger King!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:18 AM   #11
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Very well put, and many would do well to heed your words, Greenrail.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:23 AM   #12
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Will have picks next Friday. (Need to have stripes added and waiting for the cash from my Brickyard Car Sale!)

May go look at her tonight and start drooling!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:26 AM   #13
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:31 AM   #14
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Congrats on your new ride greenrail, and great words of wisdom or advice how ever you wanna look at it
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:32 AM   #15
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Great post! I am with you...I will NOT call my dealer and ask them where my car is....it will get here when it gets here.
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Will have picks next Friday. (Need to have stripes added and waiting for the cash from my Brickyard Car Sale!)

May go look at her tonight and start drooling!
That is great news and I am glad to hear you finally got it in. That post was very well said. I could not agree more.

And for the Brickyard, I will predict the future. You will see that on Friday, 22 May!

Good Luck and look forward to some pics!!!!!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:33 AM   #17
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Will have picks next Friday. (Need to have stripes added and waiting for the cash from my Brickyard Car Sale!)

May go look at her tonight and start drooling!

Send a few pics so we can drool to thanks
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:33 AM   #18
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I am way too excited. Gosh this was great news this morning.

Darn work gets in the way!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:48 AM   #19
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Almost the same experience and attitude I have tried to maintain. Its not easy waiting, but nothing I can do will speed up the process, and this site has been very informative and educational.
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Well said. I guess us older guys that were around before video games, cell phones, cable TV, the internet, microwave ovens, etc., etc., don't suffer as much from the "instant gratification" syndrome that some of the younger people experience.
Always makes me think of my favorite comic strip I miss so much, "Calvin and Hobbes." Young Calvin is standing in front of the microwave oven reading off the package and ranting, "FOUR MINUTES,,,,, Who's got that kind of time!!!"

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Well said. I guess us older guys that were around before video games, cell phones, cable TV, the internet, microwave ovens, etc., etc., don't suffer as much from the "instant gratification" syndrome that some of the younger people experience.
Always makes me think of my favorite comic strip I miss so much, "Calvin and Hobbes." Young Calvin is sanding in front of the microwave oven reading off the package and ranting, "FOUR MINUTES,,,,, Who's got that kind of time!!!"
Good point, I for one can relate!
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Well said. I guess us older guys that were around before video games, cell phones, cable TV, the internet, microwave ovens, etc., etc., don't suffer as much from the "instant gratification" syndrome that some of the younger people experience.
Always makes me think of my favorite comic strip I miss so much, "Calvin and Hobbes." Young Calvin is sanding in front of the microwave oven reading off the package and ranting, "FOUR MINUTES,,,,, Who's got that kind of time!!!"
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