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Old 03-28-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Questions: Good NorCal Dealers For Z/28 Service?

I am looking for someone to service my Z/28 when it arrives. I live in a a backwater town, where the dealer sells very few Corvettes and will likely never see a Z/28. The dealership gets poor ratings, so I'd like to find someone who really knows what their doing for service.

I'm looking for a someplace in NorCal between Santa Rosa and Fremont. If anyone can suggest a dealership with a good service department and more experience with cars like the Z/28 and Z06 Corvette, I'd appreciate it!
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:38 PM   #2
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maybe check ls1tech.com or even the corvette forums for a performance shop that knows vettes/camaros and LS engines

i do not know off hand
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I would start my research with the dealer in that geographic area that sells the most Stingrays.
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:53 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys, for the input. I think I know two Chevy stores that move a lot of Vettes, so I was going to start there. Neither is close, but I've had enough issues with ham-fisted service techs that I'll gladly drive an hour or more to find someone who knows their stuff...
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:12 AM   #5
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Abel Chevrolet in Rio Vista is the best spot to go to. A bit out of ur way east, but def worth it.
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Abel Chevrolet in Rio Vista is the best spot to go to. A bit out of ur way east, but def worth it.
Funny you mention them. I was working with Mike Garcia and was one of the first to contact him about ordering a Z/28. After promising to call me back to lock down my order -- and even with several email reminders from me -- he never got back to me so no sale. However, they do seem to specialize in the hotter cars, so that's likely a good place to start.

I think Boardwalk Chevrolet in Redwood City also moves a lot of Corvettes, but I have no idea about their service department...
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Thanks, guys, for the input. I think I know two Chevy stores that move a lot of Vettes, so I was going to start there. Neither is close, but I've had enough issues with ham-fisted service techs that I'll gladly drive an hour or more to find someone who knows their stuff...
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Abel Chevrolet in Rio Vista is the best spot to go to. A bit out of ur way east, but def worth it.
One question; have you used them for service, and for which cars? Also, can you refer me to good service writers and techs at that dealership? Thanks for your help on this...
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:09 PM   #9
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Yeah, I cant say much for the sales people as I have never dealt with them, but the service was excellent. They installed my slotted rotors and calipers and did a great job very informative. A lot of local guys here swear by them and I actually drove an hour to them. They do a lot of work on Corvettes.

Rich Willhoff is the guy to talk to. Shoot me a PM and I'll give u his contact info.

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:11 PM   #10
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That's a good analogy to look at the Corvette sales history, as several things are shared between the Z06 and Z/28

As with any dealer, interview their service department if you have worries. And if you have another GM Vehicle, perhaps you could give them a shot with tat one first, then your Z.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:31 PM   #11
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Thanks to SinisSick for the reference to Rich at Abel Chevrolet. He just responded to my inquiry, and it really sounds like they know what they're doing:

We can definitely take care of any service related issues with your new Z/28, including all the maintenance and fluid changes. With the Z/28 being introduced as the first car in its category, there is not a lot of historical information to refer to in terms of fluid changed frequency etc. We will have to wait until we get a few of them out of the track to begin using them for reference. If they are anything like the Z06/ZR1 models that are being used on track, brake fluid, transmission fluid and rear differential fluids will be the main areas of focus. We have a lot of experience with Corvettes being used on the race track so the new Z/28 will be a natural fit for us. We have a lot of experience with the Carbon Ceramic brakes, adjustable suspensions, aggressive wheel and tire packages and all the other trick new items the Z/28 is being equipped with.

I will be happy to assist you in any parts related items that you need, including the wheels and tires you want. I run the Service and Parts depts so I can handle anything related to either one. Unfortunately there is no information available for replacement parts or service information in the system yet. If the release of the Z/28 is like that of the other high end releases GM does, we won't have much until the car starts arriving at dealers.

I look forward to chatting more with you and especially in helping you out with the Z/28. I can't wait to see the potential this car has once in the hands of a capable driver on the road course. Please feel free to call or email me with anything that you need.

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:05 PM   #12
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np brotha best of luck
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:57 PM   #13
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Yep Abel is the place you want to take it. Their service bays are mostly full of Vette's and the service writer and manager are racer gear heads. It's a bit out of the way but their reputation in Norcal is undisputed. They are the only place I would take my ZL for any needs that should arise. Abel is an excellent example of what a business should be. My travel time there is 1.5 hours.
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