The dealer called today with news that my yellow SSR rolled off the line this morning. After final inspection it should be here by 11/20/03. This dealer has put a push delivery on the unit.
They generally get 5 to 7 truck loads of chevys a week with an almost overnight delivery from detroit.
I have working on this vehicle since November of 2000 when GM made the announcement to proceed with preproduction development. I have been on the list with my dealer since May of 2001. No deposit, price at MSRP( no last minute suprises).
This dealer is in the top 70 of Chevy dealers in the US and # 8 in Chevy truck sales. Their allocation was one of the first fifty. My SSR was originally built in mid October but was one of the 187 that were rejected for sale. It had an original vin# in the 40's. The unit was reordered in their system and now I have vin# 1622.
This did give me a chance to modify the order and avoid some of the options that have been causing them some problems. Also the guys on the line have hopefully gotten better at assembly.
I was quite upset with GM, and my dealer was on my side. They have done as much as they could without jeopardizing their relationship with Chevy.
Their standard prep for performance vehicles that they sell is to totally clean the unit and apply the polish of my choice. They will also deliver the SSR to my house in a covered trailer if the weather is bad. (I live in SNOW country) NO CHARGE
Although I have ordered over 15 GM vehicles in the past few years, this is the first one at this dealer. They deal in volume and don't play games. They have never jacked the price.
YES their are fair and honest dealers out there. I agree, the best way to get a dealers attention is to take sales away from them.