Here’s What Chevrolet Dealerships Have To Do To Secure And Sell The C8 Corvette

Before Chevrolet dealerships across North America are given the go-ahead to sell the C8-generation Corvette, there are a number of hoops which they must leap through.

A source close to Corvette Blogger claims to have received information from a GM dealer podcast about how Chevrolet dealerships can stock and sell the mid-engine Corvette. The process is similar to what was required of dealers looking to sell the C7 Corvette prior to it being launched.

It is reported that Chevrolet dealers have until June 7th to enroll in one of two programs to sell the C8. The first of these programs is dubbed ‘Corvette Dealer’ and requires dealerships to send a sales specialist to Spring Mountain at a cost of $3500 for an in-depth debrief about the car. Additionally, dealerships enrolled in this program are required to complete special sales and service training and need to purchase tools specific to the C8 for roughly $1500.

Alternatively, Chevrolet dealerships can enroll in a second program. This program is dubbed ‘Signature Corvette Dealer’ and includes the same requirements as the first program but will also list these dealerships on the official Chevrolet website as a Signature Corvette Dealer while also being able to merchandise on their website.

Chevrolet dealerships can also opt for the one day or two day ‘C8 Mobile Tour.’ Priced at $16,000 and $25,000, the ‘C8 Mobile Tour’ sends a pre-production C8 and an expert to the dealership in question. Dealers will be able to invite customers to see the car and the local C8 sales specialist and C8 expert will help with customer orders.

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  • LJ

    I wonder if/when car manufacturers will begin selling their vehicles direct and cut out the middle man. That would lower prices.

    • donald seymour

      It’s possible. But they will have to implement an infrastructure to support repairs, which isn’t hard.

      Edit: But then again we need specialized entities to showcase the cars to the public.

      • LJ

        Right, but that could be the car makers themselves instead of dealerships.

        • donald seymour

          True. Honestly, that is the best way to go because most dealerships treat their employees like crap. Real deal.

    • Astonman

      There are laws in many states that does not allow them to do that. Tesla ran into that problem.

      • LJ

        Right. I think those laws are idiotic.

  • Enter Ranting

    GM should spin off Corvette into its own mini-division. Sell the C8 alongside the C7, and develop a third smaller version to compete with the Porsche Cayman. Sell Corvettes in a dedicated classy showroom. Let the Camaro be the halo car for Chevy.

    • Thunderbolt

      The reason they have this special sport car is to draw customers into the show rooms for other cars.

      • Enter Ranting

        I’m aware of that. And the Camaro can be that car for Chevy. The Corvette should aspire to being more than the darling of the Chevy sales floor. How many people buy a Traverse because there’s a locked Corvette in the same showroom?

  • Harry_Wild

    Totally agree with the base price only $120K and the high end model with 1K hp rumor to be only $400K, Chevrolet will pretty much kill it supercar competition!

    • john1168

      Of course prices have yet to be announced but there’s a strong rumor that the base price of the C8 will be more around the $70k area and then go up from there. The 1000hp hybrid may top out around $180k to $200k. But until there’s an official announcement, no one knows. But yeah, this car is gonna be a huge hit.

  • UP TO $25K FOR THE PRIVILEGE. NOTHING FISHY ABOUT THAT.

  • MultiKdizzle

    25K profit?

    I doubt.

  • Jerry Hightower

    I think a Corvette SUV is in order!

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