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Old 07-16-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Best Place to Purchase In Bay Area?

Hello!
Brand new to these forums and have been looking for a 2010 Camaro for the past few months. I live in the Bay Area and have been trying to lock down a 2LT model with many of the bells and whistles, but being new to Camaro's, perhaps you can point out the good buys and the unecessaries as well as the best dealer to go through. So far, it seems that there is a 2 month minimum pre order wait to get the Camaro of your choice and this is too long for me. My car engine head gasket blew on Monday and I need a car within the next few weeks.

I was looking at a 2LT with these features (and possibly a few more).
Any recommendations on the best dealer in the area.

Color: Black, Imperial Blue. Cyber Grey
Automatic Transmission
Leather Interior - Preferably a Tan
Heated Seats
Bluetooth Hands Free.
Navigation if available
Boston Acoustics Sound Package
HID Headlamps
iPod integration
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Appreciate it and very excited!
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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There are a few places. Sunnyvale Chevrolet, Fremont Chevrolet, and I believe the dealer out in Dublin all charge MSRP. I think the dealer in Burlingame also charges MSRP. The 2 dealers in San Jose charge over MSRP. So there is a start.

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Old 07-16-2009, 12:33 AM   #3
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The following dealerships will let you order at a good price, Putnam Chevrolet in Burlingame has been going back and forth, but I believe they're offering MSRP and will guarantee it for Camaro5 members. I know Boardwalk Chevy in Redwood City (by century park 12) was accepting GMS pricing and such if you qualify.

Courtesy Chevrolet is a good one in the south bay from what I hear. As for picking one up off the lot, I'm sure you'll be paying over MSRP unless you can find a great dealer.

Navigation is offered as turn-by-turn via OnStar, and there is no nav selection, but otherwise everything on that list is standard on the 2LT/RS aside from automatic transmission.

I might be able to check Putnam for you tomorrow if you would like.
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:55 PM   #4
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Mindz, I was going to order one from Courtesy in San Jose but they wanted 5K over MSRP at the time. This was back in Apr/May though.

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:02 PM   #5
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Mindz, I was going to order one from Courtesy in San Jose but they wanted 5K over MSRP at the time. This was back in Apr/May though.

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that sucks they may be different now. 2 months maybe time has changed and theres not such a demand???

man I guess it pays to be the first to order one, as i got sticker there with a handshake and a smile.
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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And your purchase is the reason I suggested courtesy
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:44 PM   #7
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Boardwalk actually has two camaros on property today. A RJT 1LT w/RS (auto) and sunroof (Mikenmar's car that he cancelled) and a fully-loaded IBM 2SS/RS (manual) w/white rally stripes that came in last Thursday. The guy that ordered the 2SS couldn't secure financing and so the vehicle is available. Boardwalk's policy has been to offer MSRP for orders and if the original buyer backs out then they will try to get a premium on the vehicle of approx. $5K or whatever a qualified serious buyer negotiates.

I'm not sure I would completely trust Putnam in Burlingame right now. Too many bad stories reported here without full disclosure of how they remedied the situation. As far as I know the original issue w/Greg (Saving41) has not been disclosed as he needed to wait for their offer to materialize before telling what they did to replace the vehicle they outright sold out from under him.

If I was in a position to come up with the money today the IBM 2SS/RS would be in my driveway right now . . . anyone interested in '72 convertible vette (all matching numbers)? See my garage for pics
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:48 PM   #8
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I'm going to look at Boardwalk's 2SS/RS tomorrow then. wow, if only it didn't have stripes, it'd be the exact hardtop I want...
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:35 PM   #9
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I also saw a few at Gilroy Chevrolet off of Chestnut Ave. There was a Black, Silver and Yellow.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:05 AM   #10
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Putnam Chevrolet in Burlingame is a good place. That's were I bought my 2010 SS.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:53 AM   #11
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power chevrolet of south bay ask for Joel Wolf and say Hugo sent you.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:56 AM   #12
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Go to Courtesy in San Jose ask for Guy
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Old 07-17-2009, 09:53 AM   #13
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I got mine from Courtesy Chevrolet at MSRP. The customer service was great and actually made my wait a lot easier. However mine was pre ordered back in early November. However I do believe they are charging at least a 3K markup now.
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:06 PM   #14
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OK,
Leaving for Boardwalk Chevrolet now to look at that IBM 2ss/RS M6...
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:45 PM   #15
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Putnam Chevrolet in Burlingame is a good place. That's were I bought my 2010 SS.
Did you preorder (when)? And was it for MSRP or above. AND did they honor the original deal? Because at least 2 people from this forum experienced completely different scenarios for vehicles they had been waiting on for months. I would have to hear from both of those individuals on a positive outcome w/Putnam to ever take my business there.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:08 PM   #16
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OK,
Leaving for Boardwalk Chevrolet now to look at that IBM 2ss/RS M6...
So what did you think of the IBM 2SS? I would have test drove it if they wouldn't have put it in the showroom already. It is exactly everything I want minus the manual transmission. I know how to drive a stick but not sure I want to deal with a stick as my daily driver, especially when I get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:16 PM   #17
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Checked out boardwalk chevy and finally saw the car in person. They had a 2SS in blue with stripes, and a 1LT in crimson red. Was disappointed they would not let me test drive since I need to fill out a credit application to even take a test drive. Sounded ridiculous, but otherwise car felt solid. A lot bigger in person. Definitely need a 2LT with RS package but the problem here was that they don't plan on getting a good stock in until end of year, they were trying to charge 5K markup from MSRP, the interest rate was 8%, and to actually order the one I want will take 4 months which is not possible as I need a car asap.
A few other dealers I called had said similar things.

Sadly, looks like my plan to get a Camaro is falling through, and I may have to revert to a Euro car which was not my plan.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:34 PM   #18
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They order at MSRP if you go with them. The 5k markup is only for cars they have on the lots.

They don't let you test drive unless you're a prospective buyer to keep the miles low.

You can easily go through a credit union and get like 3-5% interest rate for financing. GMAC is super high, it's not the dealer though.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:22 PM   #19
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I ordered mine from Novato Chevrolet in Novato. Northbay of Boardwalk CHevrolet, they are ordering for $1,000 over MSRP, I am #3 right now, if you have not heard I jumped ship from John L to order from them, and I am moving along very quickly, in fact I would have been pulled for production next Thursday had the issue with the M6 tranny not come up, but now it looks like I am a week behind unless they get two allocations next week. for me the $1000 extra to have it sooner is worth it, when I spoke with Boardwalk they were 5-6 months out... but I think Novato is that far out now too if you order from them. Tim Boothe, very nice guy from Boardwalk. Or Paul Galassi from Novato. He is a nice guy too. Him and his Gen. Sales Manager Mark have been very helpful so far! and let me bug them often. (gotta make them work for the $1k LOL)

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Been good. Working as usual, and stressing about IBM hardtop disappearing before I can make my final decision.
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Scott at Paradise Chevrolet will deliver your car anywhere nationwide and they dont mark up there cars over sticker and even honor gms employee pricing call him at 805-275-6208
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