14 June 2007
Test Driving The 2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Here's the review-
Yup. That's it.
Why is there no review you ask? Very simple. The local Chevrolet/Cadillac dealer in the area doesn't allow for new Corvettes to be test driven. At all. Now in my specific case, this isn't an issue, since I'm not buying such a vehicle. But I bring up a salient point at this time- I wasn't alone, and the person I was with WAS very much in the market for such a car. Also on his shopping list? The Cayman. Possibly the 911. The BMW Z4. The Mercedes SLK350. All sports cars, some of them more expensive than the Corvette, some cheaper.
Thus far, he had driven the Z4 and the SLK, and had an appointment set up with the local Porsche dealer to drive a Cayman (which was going to be moved out of the showroom just so he could drive it). Upon arrival at the Chevy dealer, we were approached by the salesperson, who promptly looked up if he had stock of what was required- a convertible Corvette with a stick. Lo and behold, he had one. And then the fun began:
Sales- So I've got one on the lot- what can I do for you?
Client- Well, I'd like to take it out for a test drive to get a feel for how it compares to the other vehicles I'm cross shopping.
Sales- We don't allow new Corvettes on test drives. But if you'd like, I have a used 2002 Corvette we can take out.
Client- (incredulous laugh)
Sales- No one ever asks for a test drive because they know they want it already.
Client- You're serious? You're actually assuming I will disregard the competition and lay down $70k on the spot today without a test drive because it's a Corvette?
Sales- Well, would YOU like it if your new Corvette had 500km on it when you bought it brand new? Plus, these are very expensive cars!
Client- So wait, you won't even let me test drive it with you in the car with me?
Client- See you later.
So ended another unsuccessful sales call with a GM minion. The last time I saw a dealer act this way was at the downtown Lambo dealership- but then again, it's a Lambo. But a Chevy dealer???
Note to Bob Lutz- make your cars as great as you want- you still need to fix the sales departments outside of Saturn.