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#449 is in Nebraska and should be at the Milpitas rail yard Saturday. Depending on how long to fill a truck, the car should arrive sometime next week. Milpitas is about 2 hours away. The dealer asked me today if I would be willing to leave the car with him periodically to show. I haven't drilled him on specifics yet, how long, How often, etc. I indicated I would want some kind of compensation. He is willing, asked how much. I mentioned possibly throw in extended warranty, which I would not have purchased normally. I've waited a long time for this car. I live in a small town, the dealer is about 2 miles from my work one way and 2 miles from my house the other so it's not like it would be out of my way. I need some input on this.
 

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I'm for seeing what you can get for them showing your car after you have taken ownership.
 

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My dealer has already also approached me about leaving my car for a while after it arrives. Said they were only allocated three cars which are already sold. First one part of a big local casino promotion, second one's mine, third one is going North immediately because there were none left with dealers there, so they've got nothing to show people who come in after seeing the commercials now running on TV. Gotta tell ya, bowt to broke my heart it was so sad.
On the other hand, I live in Alberta and winter's coming fast so I don't know how many nice driving days we'll have before thaw so, as long as nobodies test driving it or scrathcing it, the thought of it being in a nice big showroom being pampered and cared for isn't completely repugnant, especially if there's some kind of fair compensation involved.
I read a thread from down the States a while ago that said a dealer had offered one of his Solstice buyers $1000 to keep and show it for a weekend.
I was thinking about asking my dealer for $1000 a month to keep it for two months this winter. My father-in-law (a very successful retired exec) said, don't be stupid ask for $3000 a month, it comes from advertising budgets and whereelse can they get one to meet the public's demand to see this car in person.
Don't know exactly what I'll do yet. It's going to depend on when the car arrives.
On the meantime, my local small town dealership who couldn't get any allocated has also approached me to see if they could have a "special showing" one weekend in their showroom as well.
Must say, it's an interesting conundrum and I'll bet one that's never happened before in automotive history.
Let us know what you decide. Anyone else out there had the same experience?
 

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64GTO and I were very satisfied with our dealer and
and will be showing the cars on Sat 10/22 at the
dealership.

They are going to promote th event and all we asked for was to switch
us over to Mobil-One and lunch.

I was LUCKY to be able to be 1st 1K and proud to drive my car.
I will be leaving the car with the dealer when I go on a vacation
later this year.

Bottom line, TREAT YOUR DEALER LIKE HE [OR SHE ] TREATED YOU.
 

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LOL, and here I'm thinking a couple oil changes, detailing and service for leaving it at the dealers. Although the couple grand over a couple winter months is pretty good. Call up other nearby dealers and ask em how much their willing to give for rental of your car. BTW, don't forget to get them to rope it off.
 

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This thread kills me...for months we've been knocking greedy dealers for taking $500.00 to $3,500.00 over MSRP and now our own are coming out of the woodwork to take the dealers for a ride! If they hit you up for added dealer mark-up make 'em pay, if not let 'em be.

As we said to the dealers who asked for more 'keep your car, I'm adding you to the boycott list'! I hope they do the same to us!!!
 

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I truly hope you don't think an oil change is too much to ask for allowing
them to use your car. Should I also have it detailed before leaving it or
is it OK for them to take care of that?
 

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I truly hope you don't think an oil change is too much to ask for allowing
them to use your car. Should I also have it detailed before leaving it or
is it OK for them to take care of that?
An oil change no...but 3 grand a month??? Let me know if anyone finds a dealer to go for that one :lol: .
 

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#449 is in Nebraska and should be at the Milpitas rail yard Saturday. Depending on how long to fill a truck, the car should arrive sometime next week. Milpitas is about 2 hours away. The dealer asked me today if I would be willing to leave the car with him periodically to show. I haven't drilled him on specifics yet, how long, How often, etc. I indicated I would want some kind of compensation. He is willing, asked how much. I mentioned possibly throw in extended warranty, which I would not have purchased normally. I've waited a long time for this car. I live in a small town, the dealer is about 2 miles from my work one way and 2 miles from my house the other so it's not like it would be out of my way. I need some input on this.
wheel & deal with your dealer... I left mine there 6 days (picking up manana) and you should get a nice break on accessories. Tonneau cover highly recommended... maybe mats... bargain!
 

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i left my car at the dealer until saturday afternoon, picked it up saturday night and drove it until tuesday then dropped it off until the following saturday night. obviously, my dealer was very appreciative. Although my motivation was to give people interested in the solstice an opportunity to actually see one up close, there is no denying that it has gotten my relationship with my dealer off on good foot.
 

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lucky1K: how did you find out your car was in Nebraska? What questions need to be asked, to whom are they asked, and by whom? Tell me the magic words! All I get are event codes, which please me a lot but are not definitive.
 

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Trust me everyone, I'm not out to rip off my dealer. I just don't know what is the norm.?? He is not asking for a 1 time showing, he asked for "periodic drop off's" or "viewings". Just how available am I supposed to make this car? It will be my primary means of transportation and I do have local travel involved with my line of work which means I will have to use alternative transportation. Yes, my dealer has been "good" to me, but not "great". I got a lot of earlier information from Cricket, and not my dealer. And yes, if it were not for my dealer, I would not be getting one of the first 1,000. I realize all of this and I only want to do what is fair.
 

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Trust me everyone, I'm not out to rip off my dealer. I just don't know what is the norm.?? He is not asking for a 1 time showing, he asked for "periodic drop off's" or "viewings". Just how available am I supposed to make this car? It will be my primary means of transportation and I do have local travel involved with my line of work which means I will have to use alternative transportation. Yes, my dealer has been "good" to me, but not "great". I got a lot of earlier information from Cricket, and not my dealer. And yes, if it were not for my dealer, I would not be getting one of the first 1,000. I realize all of this and I only want to do what is fair.
When it comes down to it, it's how much YOU like the dealer and how well the dealer has been to YOU. It's hard for all the rest of us to judge. Since it's your only means of transportation, dealer does a quick cleaning of the car for showing, ropes it off and gives you a loaner for putting around town. That's pretty much what I was planning on doing (except for the loaner car. I got the SUV to putt around town if need be.) Was also planning on giving folks a ride at the dealership too. I buy the gas, you buy the beer (I like guinness, so it almost works out price wise per gallon/per hour)
 

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I truly hope you don't think an oil change is too much to ask for allowing
them to use your car. Should I also have it detailed before leaving it or
is it OK for them to take care of that?
Consider this. Every time for the next few weeks that your car needs washed schedule a sleepover for teh car at the dealer where they wash and detail for you prior to showing it. Saves you a little time and elbow grease and gives them opportunity to rope in new orders from people that won't order before sitting in one. That's a small price for them to pay.
 

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LUCKY1K: It is your car, and you have no obligation to allow the dealer to keep the car for even five minutes after the paperwork is done. It would be nice of you to provide the car for occasional showings, provided he has not charged you a premium and does all the other right things.

But you are the customer, he is making a profit for what SHOULD have been no effort on his part (the complicated system has created headaches for him too) and your job is to take the car and have fun. Can you handle that, you lucky dog? I'm sure you can, dude, so enjoy that beautiful car!
 

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I have already told my dealer he can have it on his heavy traffic days for 2 weeks as long as it behind ropes.

If your dealer has treated you well...why dick him over on a small favor. one day you'll need service from these guys and you'll want as many breaks as you can get

Remember what goes around comes around

loan it when you KNOW it'll be idle !!!

peace in the valley
 

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We left ours for a couple of days.

Left 314 at the dealer for 3 days...couldn't stand any longer on that. Did I get compensation...nope...it was repayment for my son bugging them ever other day. I let him bug them...since he is an ex-employee...technician that is now teaching autotech at the local college. They know both of us well (read this as "too many cars" from both of us) and my son is good friends with everyone at the dealership. By the way, if you are in Oklahoma City...visit Bob Moore Pontiac Buick GMC...they are the best dealer around OKC. They have even said that the are selling all solstices at MSRP...no markup...unlike some other local dealers. I heard that one is asking 5k over even!

I do get my parts at cost plus 10%...son still gets his employee pricing...so not much I could really want them to do for me. My son was allowed one of the computers to input my number on the infamous day...he actually got my car and one other one for the dealer...out of their 3. Should I have asked for compensation? Maybe...but having the car finally is worth it. All I asked them to do was be careful with it...no test drives...that kind of stuff.

The car was worth all 5 months and 4 days from order to delivery! Did I want it sooner...of course...did I survive the wait? Just ask the countless number of people who I have had to show the car to over the last week...they can tell you that I am smiling ear to ear.
 

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Let me give you a little history about my dealer before I tell you what I would do if he asked me. My wife's grandfather bought cars from him for over 30 years. My wife has bought 2 vehicles from him before we were married. Since our marriage we have bought 3 more. When I go in to do business with him I do not feel like I am fearful I might not be given a fair deal. The sales man we are dealing with is the same person who has been there for all the purchases over this history. A person I trust and respect. But outside of this business, I do not know the person. They are a small dealer in a small town, Sparta Tennessee. And he is the person who has ordered my solstice.

Now because they are not primarily a Pontiac dealer, are primarily a Chevrolet dealer and GMC they did not get a Solstice first allocation. I could go to a larger dealer who is a primary Pontiac dealership who may get 20 vehicles first allocation and get one in a few months like some are obviously from the posts I read, but I would rather wait it out.

If he ask me if he could use my vehicle for display next spring or whenever it arrives next year, I would accomodate him without me feeling like I would need anything in return cause that is the relationship we have.

By the way, got mine at MSRP minus the supplier's discount. I will be back at Ed Rogers to get the next vehicle I desire to purchase.
 
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