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Old 09-27-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Delivery tomorrow. What to expect?

I live in NJ and I'm driving 350 miles north to Rochester, NY to pick my '13 up. This is the first new car purchase I've made on my own. Is there any advice you guys could give me on things to do/check before I sign for it? I want to make sure there are no surprises when I get home.

Also, I've been driving a Neon SRT4 w/400whp for the past 7 years and was curious if anyone here could give me any insight as to what I can expect from this beast. Slower? faster? Is the weight difference glaringly obvious when driving?
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #3
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I live in NJ and I'm driving 350 miles north to Rochester, NY to pick my '13 up. This is the first new car purchase I've made on my own. Is there any advice you guys could give me on things to do/check before I sign for it? I want to make sure there are no surprises when I get home.

Also, I've been driving a Neon SRT4 w/400whp for the past 7 years and was curious if anyone here could give me any insight as to what I can expect from this beast. Slower? faster? Is the weight difference glaringly obvious when driving?
It's brand new so you don't have a lot of worries. I'd do a walk-around; glance at the undercarriage; make sure the transport driver or the lot monkeys didn't screw it up when they off-loaded it. Make sure the floor mats are in it. Make sure the spacers are out of the springs (look in the wheel wells). Other than that... just enjoy!
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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don't overthink it. like bowtiebelle said, look under the front and rear diffusers to check for any scrapes from the transport truck. maybe call and make sure they put premium fuel in it (search on here for the reasons). Tell them don't mount the front plate bracket.
enjoy and congrats.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:20 AM   #5
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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make sure they take the spacers out of the wheel wells...
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:53 AM   #7
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make sure they don't attempt to add in any other extraneous charges at the last minute. sometimes dealers count on people being so excited to get their new cars that they'll agree to pay for ridiculous add ons..
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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make sure they don't attempt to add in any other extraneous charges at the last minute. sometimes dealers count on people being so excited to get their new cars that they'll agree to pay for ridiculous add ons..
^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^

They will try to sell you everything under the sun for your car....extended warranties...lojack.....gap insurance....death benefit insurance if you are financing....you name it. JUST SAY NO!!!!!! SAY NO to everything while sitting in the finance guys office. That finance guy is the second highest paid person in the dealership under the general manager. There is a reason for that....he makes them money by trying to trick you into buying extraneous bullshit.

Just SAY NO!!!! They will try to make you feel like an ignorant idiot for saying no. JUST SAY NO!!!! NO!!! NO!!!

Pay for your car ONLY and sign the bottom line and get the hell outta there!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:35 AM   #9
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:48 AM   #10
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:13 AM   #11
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Thanks for all of the tips everyone, I really appreciate it!

When I bought the Neon I was in that excited mood and wound up paying around $30k for a $20k car after agreeing to extended warranty, rims and tires warranty, lojack and gap insurance. It was a mess to say the least. I'm equally excited now but I'm being much more cautious because I'm buying out of state and haven't even seen her, aside from the dealer pics. In addition to the fact that I'm a bit more educated on the value(or lack thereof) of the extra warranties and whatnot.

With regards to the spacers, are they something that I'll see immediately if I glance in the wheel well? In the event that they were removed but not placed in the vehicle for future use, what should I do?

One surprising bonus to the ZL1 is that I'm going to be paying significantly LESS in car insurance than what I am now for the SRT!
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #12
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Thanks for all of the tips everyone, I really appreciate it!

When I bought the Neon I was in that excited mood and wound up paying around $30k for a $20k car after agreeing to extended warranty, rims and tires warranty, lojack and gap insurance. It was a mess to say the least. I'm equally excited now but I'm being much more cautious because I'm buying out of state and haven't even seen her, aside from the dealer pics. In addition to the fact that I'm a bit more educated on the value(or lack thereof) of the extra warranties and whatnot.

With regards to the spacers, are they something that I'll see immediately if I glance in the wheel well? In the event that they were removed but not placed in the vehicle for future use, what should I do?

One surprising bonus to the ZL1 is that I'm going to be paying significantly LESS in car insurance than what I am now for the SRT!

Call your salesperson right now and ask him if they are removed and located in the car. If not he has a day to get them or the deal will be delayed. I'm sure they want to move it out before the end of the month.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #13
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Thanks for all of the tips everyone, I really appreciate it!

When I bought the Neon I was in that excited mood and wound up paying around $30k for a $20k car after agreeing to extended warranty, rims and tires warranty, lojack and gap insurance. It was a mess to say the least. I'm equally excited now but I'm being much more cautious because I'm buying out of state and haven't even seen her, aside from the dealer pics. In addition to the fact that I'm a bit more educated on the value(or lack thereof) of the extra warranties and whatnot.

With regards to the spacers, are they something that I'll see immediately if I glance in the wheel well? In the event that they were removed but not placed in the vehicle for future use, what should I do?


One surprising bonus to the ZL1 is that I'm going to be paying significantly LESS in car insurance than what I am now for the SRT!
The spacers are very easy to see. They are bright yellow and can be seen by just looking behind the front wheels. Make sure that they give you the spacers. You will need them if you ever have to have your car loaded and transported for any reason.

Have fun on your trip home! I had a 400 mile trip home with mine. My face muscles were hurting by the time I got home from "the permasmile" - not just a grin.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #14
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #15
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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Make sure there is no cheesy dealer logo on the back of the car
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:25 PM   #17
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Thanks for all of the tips everyone, I really appreciate it!

When I bought the Neon I was in that excited mood and wound up paying around $30k for a $20k car after agreeing to extended warranty, rims and tires warranty, lojack and gap insurance. It was a mess to say the least. I'm equally excited now but I'm being much more cautious because I'm buying out of state and haven't even seen her, aside from the dealer pics. In addition to the fact that I'm a bit more educated on the value(or lack thereof) of the extra warranties and whatnot.

With regards to the spacers, are they something that I'll see immediately if I glance in the wheel well? In the event that they were removed but not placed in the vehicle for future use, what should I do?

One surprising bonus to the ZL1 is that I'm going to be paying significantly LESS in car insurance than what I am now for the SRT!
You have 12 months to decide on on the extended warranty for the car. I was offered a tire and rim warranty for $500.00. With each tire costing almost $500.00 and each rim $1,000.00, I thought it was a good deal with the traveling I anticipate doing in the car.

Also check your tires really well. Either going on and off of the rail car or the transporter, my car and and another ZL1 on the trip scalloped the left rear tires. The dealer made good with a new tire and installation but I might have missed it in the excitement.

And if the dealer filled your car with gas, make sure it was with high test gas. Good luck with your new car.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #18
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I'm guessing you got it from Bob Johnson. They're pretty good and they move a TON of cars. If so just tell the finance guy to punt and you'll be fine.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #19
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #21
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Which dealer in Rochester? I spoke to a salesman at one of them and he didn't know what a ZL-1 was. Like the post above just say "NO", when I got my last truck the finance guy said I was going to have th pay cash for it if I didn't buy something extra. Then I pulled out my bank check and handed it to him and said that was the plan.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:50 AM   #22
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I have to disagree on the gap insurance.. seems foolish not to have that in case you total it and aren't left with a huge bill due.
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Yes, but you can get gap insurance added to your regular car insurance. If they aren't making money off it they would not be trying to force you into it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:21 PM   #24
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:07 PM   #25
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Which dealer in Rochester? I spoke to a salesman at one of them and he didn't know what a ZL-1 was. Like the post above just say "NO", when I got my last truck the finance guy said I was going to have th pay cash for it if I didn't buy something extra. Then I pulled out my bank check and handed it to him and said that was the plan.
Hope you had a great experience picking yours up today. Where did you purchase it from and what did you get for color and options? My wife and I went out to Doan on Monday to take a look at a ZL1 which they have had on their site for a couple weeks. It was beautiful, IOM, Sunroof, Black Rims, Exposed Carbon, suede steering/shifter.

I would agree with everyone on here, look it over with a finetooth comb. This one had damage on the CF insert, which had not been fixed yet. Still a beautiful car but I do not like to see damage on a brand new car. It is being fixed of course. We are thinking of trading in our 2011 for a 2013 ZL1 and this was our first time out looking.

Hope you have a great experience!
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