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What is the possibility of taking delivery or being able to view assembly at the Manufacturing Plant? I have heard of some instances of this but I don't know anyone personally who has. I think it would be awesome to do so for one of the first 1000. I don't know if I will be able to wait or like the idea that someone else might put the first mile on it.
 

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Although it would be a great photo op for 1000 new Solstice owners to drive away from Boxwood it also won't happen. Liability, security, ect. we discussed this a while back and in the 50's and 60's it was possible but with the stranglehold that the car carriers have on the mfgrs they have to deliver and we hav eto pay. Even if as in the 100 red Cobalts on the streets of NYC for the auto show being delivered directly to the dealers I'll bet that the destination charge is non-negotiable.
 

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I'm willing to pay destination AND pick up at the plant. The less waiting I have to contend with, the better!
 

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Chevy does it all the time with the Corvette...our next one will be plant delivered. It is around 500 on top of everything else.
 

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I'd certainly be interested in it if GM offered it for the Solstice. If I were to order a new Corvette, I would definately get plant delivery on that one too!
 

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I purchased a 2000 Corvette with the Factory Pickup option. It was an awesome experience. Paid an additional $475 bucks plus the normal shipping charges and went to Bowling Green Kentucky for the pickup.

GM scheduled a personal tour of the factory for my wife and I and then we went to the Corvette Museum where an employee escorted both of us through a historical tour of the evolution of Corvette.

We completed our tour by being escorted to a delivery area where my new Vette was roped off to the public with red velvet roping. I was presented the keys and they went through a personal overview of the car's features and functions.

They then gave me the keys and we drove it out of the museum. They had a video camera on the presentation area where family and friends could go to a website and see us live.

We were given a plaque and the option to purchase exclusive clothing with the number delivery based on the total number of Museum deliveries ever made.

All in all, it was an incredible experience and I woould do it again in a heart beat if it were available for the Sol! :cool:
 

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Still seems like a slap in the face to charge you $500 in addition to shipping when you're picking it up at the plant. If they're going to charge extra, they should at least put you up for a day or two and load you up with some promotional goodies (T-shirts, etc.) or maybe even give you access to a "test track" where you could put it through it's paces without fearing a ticket.
 

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pwr66569 said:
maybe even give you access to a "test track" where you could put it through it's paces without fearing a ticket.
I'd like to pick mine up at the plant, however would pass on going on the test track with it at least until the initial 1000 mile break-in period is over.
 

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Still seems like a slap in the face to charge you $500 in addition to shipping when you're picking it up at the plant.
that extra $500 pays the company rep for their time, the labor involved, the materials, and the novelty of it all.
 

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that extra $500 pays the company rep for their time, the labor involved, the materials, and the novelty of it all.
See I hate that. The person doing all that work is already getting paid to do their work. It's like some extra signing bonus I have to pay to some person who's already getting paid a yearly salary to do their job. It's kinda like tipping. I hate tipping. So you're telling me I have to pay someone even more money for the job they're already getitng paid to do? BS :brentil:
 

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See I hate that. The person doing all that work is already getting paid to do their work. It's like some extra signing bonus I have to pay to some person who's already getting paid a yearly salary to do their job. It's kinda like tipping. I hate tipping. So you're telling me I have to pay someone even more money for the job they're already getitng paid to do? BS :brentil:
You're assuming that the rep actually gets the money. In all likelyhood, GM is financing the rep's salary with that amount.
 

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IMO the $500 is to pay off the transport company extra to not load your car up on the truck.
 

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that extra $500 pays the company rep for their time, the labor involved, the materials, and the novelty of it all.
Seems to me it's just charging for the novelty since they know some people will still want to do it. The tour of the plant shouldn't cost much ... most factories do that for a small fee of $20 or $30 if I'm not mistaken. Sure, it might be a bit more in depth ... but that's a huge difference. And it sounds like they try to sell you most of the additional gear, so it shouldn't be that much for materials ... maybe a book or two and some brochures? Besides, they are already saving the shipping fee ... I could see keeping that and calling it even. Not to mention the fact that it's got to be a bit of an advertising gimmick for them when they get to point out the guy picking up his new car to the rest of the public touring the plant. And the word-of-mouth they get when that guy shows off all his pics and shares the story. Oh well ... not trying to start an argument. It just looks to me that they're trying to make some extra bucks charging more than necessary when it would be a better idea to do it for less and get some great exposure from it. Not my call though.
 

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IMO the $500 is to pay off the transport company extra to not load your car up on the truck.
Or maybe there's some stupid union contract stating that every car has to get shipped somewhere and the $500 is to have it shipped back to the factory after it reaches its destination. :lol:
 

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Or maybe there's some stupid union contract stating that every car has to get shipped somewhere and the $500 is to have it shipped back to the factory after it reaches its destination. :lol:

I use to work for the U.A.W. (aerospace division) and that sounds exactly like something they would do. Both companies I worked for are no longer in the aerospace business :cuss: #[email protected] unions anyhow, they servered their purpose when they first started but got so stinking greedy and fat at the workers expense they lost focus on their purpose.

Sorry, just venting.

But if that is what it takes to take delivery from the plant I would do it.
 

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But if that is what it takes to take delivery from the plant I would do it.
i would have to agree. this option is very appealing to me. i would love to be able to watch the assembly of my sky/sol and at the end of the line have the keys handed to me. *goosebumps*
 

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You are absolutely right HYPUR. The union contract requires the payment of shipping regardless of the on-site pickup.

As far as the additional $500 for the Museum pickup option, I'm sure it pays for the time and expenses attributed to the transport of the vehocle to the museum, the museum personnel involved in the pickup process, etc., etc.

Bottom line, they charge it because they can get it. I think its' called FREE ENTERPRISE! :cool:
 

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While we're in a ranting mode...maybe the $499.99 is to help pay for the extra insurance needed when people tour the plant and for the lawyers time to draw up the "I promise not to sue" papers. And if they filled up the tank with gas (and we're talking premium on a Vette), $500 would almost cover it!

This ain't the sixties in a lot of ways. :)
 

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First, I'm a employee and we don't charge to tour the factories. If it's a new product, like the Solstice, you wouldn't be able to get in as they suspend tours until they get through the launch. Things get pretty hecktic with out people about. I visted the Corvette plant last summer and it was free with tours leaving 2 times a day and there was a lot of folks on these tours. The plant in Shreveport is getting ready to kick off the H3 and are looking at renewing daily plant tours, for free, after we launch.
 
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