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  • Fetalos
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    Originally posted by stryker1969 View Post
    I would say my bottle of Pappy but I wouldn't even break that out when my twins were born so I have to go with some Buffalo Trace Kentucky Stright Bourbon Whiskey. It has made me a lot of friends over time, you can't go wrong.
    Great choice

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  • WillRockwell
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    I'm not taking presents, but I will let my salesman and the sales manager drive the car

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  • stryker1969
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    I would say my bottle of Pappy but I wouldn't even break that out when my twins were born so I have to go with some Buffalo Trace Kentucky Stright Bourbon Whiskey. It has made me a lot of friends over time, you can't go wrong.

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  • John
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    The dealership folks working on C8’s are going to be as excited as we are. They will not be using dirty rags.

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  • Ragtop 99
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    I haven't thought of tipping, especially the sales person because I rarely rely upon the salesman for information or take up much of their time. I just helped him make money and keep his job.

    In the old days, I would toss a $20 to a prep guy to ensure a dealer sticker did not land on the car, or remove the sticker if it was already on. I could see tipping the prep guy if you meet him before he starts and get him to be extra careful about not using a dirty rag on the new paint.

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  • Goaty
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    Nothing. Between paying MSRP and getting wholesale on my trade I am getting hosed and doing so willingly and by choice, but I'm not planning to kick in any more cash. I always give a good review on the survey and think that's enough in this case.

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  • Neil H
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    I will give the sales team a bit -- for doing the few hours of paperwork (that they are getting paid to do) and collecting thousands for it.
    Even with that being said, I really do appreciate them.

    However, I will give more to the guys and girls who do the hard work for us to keep our cars on the road.
    Those people will solve any problem, no matter how big of a problem the car may have, and nobody else at the dealership can do that.
    And those people do it on flat rate -- not sure if many of you know how that works, how demeaning it can be and how physically and mentally hard they have to work to make their mortgage payments, etc.
    There is no-one at the dealership who will appreciate a tip more because they realize how hard it is to earn that dollar.
    They can't even claim the expense of the tens of thousands of dollars in tools (that they must buy) off of their income, at tax time.
    Also, remember that for every minute you are talking to a tech, he or she is not making a dime -- they are only paid per job.
    So, respect and realize the sacrifice they are making just to talk to you.

    John, I love the idea of the doughnuts -- I do the same for many of the people, from many walks of life, who I interact with, who really appreciate the gesture.

    Sorry if this sounds like a rant guys & gals, but I just wanted to remind you of the less flashy part of the dealership, where real people are that literally keep our wheels turning and keep us on the road.

    And jackfrostpdx, not sure if you were kidding or not, but if you weren't kidding, then we do know the difference and appreciate it way more than you do -- more than you could ever imagine.

    Guys & girls, we are so privileged, and that brings with it the responsibility to do things with class.

    Thanks for starting this post Fetalos.
    The tradition is a great idea.

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  • Murray20c8
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    Originally posted by VicH View Post

    "Life savings?"

    I hope you're not being literal.
    Yes, life savings, but not all of it. I do have a decent pension as does my wife. As long as we don't have any health problems we won't have to sell the C8!

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  • Milliwatt Rob
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    A bagel is a Jewish food. Lobsters are not Kosher, and therefore a mismatch with a bagel.

    Bagels and smoked salmon would be more authentic.

    I think the gift to any sales staff depends on how much of a PITA you have been in the buying process.

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  • dolfanlon
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    Originally posted by ABorC View Post
    I bring cannoli, bagels and lobster tails (sfogliatelle pastry) to Mike Furman, and then he mentions his weight gain to me for the next 3 months.... it's a tradition
    sfogliatelle!! Molto bene!

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  • VicH
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    Originally posted by Murray20c8 View Post
    I'm retired with a decent pension, but I'm not independently wealthy. I'll be going to hand over my life savings (over C$100,000.00) to a dealer, who makes millions annually, for a car I've only dreamed about for almost 60 years. I can barely afford that and I'm sure the salesman appreciates the fact that hs is getting his full commission from me. Sorry, it's a business. I appreciate their work which is why I pay for it. It is not a business that typically gets tips for their work.
    "Life savings?"

    I hope you're not being literal.

    On another note, I like the donuts idea for service - never thought of anything like that and I tend to wonder about the attitude of service guys working on my Vette.

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  • ABorC
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    I bring cannoli, bagels and lobster tails (sfogliatelle pastry) to Mike Furman, and then he mentions his weight gain to me for the next 3 months.... it's a tradition

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  • JB
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    Im not sure it matters how you say thank you. There are so many nasty customers in this world...just personalizing a thank you however you like is what matters most.

    i dont think I have ever paid msrp before so I imagine you guys are right....the full commission should be quite healthy.. last new car I bought last year or so I git 13 grand off in 15 minutes. Took delivery of the vehicle the next day....i took care of that guy ...

    good insights guys.

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  • LSECO
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    Originally posted by Fetalos View Post
    I m a fan of whisky/scotch and traditionnaly, when I get the Corvette, I bring a bottle of very good whisky at the dealer to share with the team who take care of the car. For the delivery of the C8 (in one year...), I don t know yet, what I will bring to celebrate the moment.

    My question: You guys, what is your ritual about your C8 delivery? If your plan is to open a good whisky, tell us which one will be your choice?

    Slainte!


    I would share Haig Pinch,(my dads fav.) or my fav.- Ballantines. I'm a firm believer of taking a box of deluxe variety donuts to the crew.

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  • John
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    I have been brining a box or two of doughnuts to my service department about every couple of months (I just drop buy and visit). For the PDI as I always do, I will hand my great Tech a new $100 when no one else is around. He never wants to take it, but I insist and he does in the end. At my 500-1000 mile extra oil and filter change, always give him a $20 “to take your wife to breakfast” (more than enough in the small town where they are located).

    They are really good people at Power Chev, Sublimity, OR. Technician Ken Yutzie is so good that folks drive literally hundreds of miles if their Corvettes ever need more than an oil and filter. One person I know of, drove 300 miles each way to have his C7 torque tube replaced. After moving, I will be driving 110 miles each way for even oil changes (making a specific, advance appointment for Ken to be the one to person to do the oil/filter). Ken is literally the only person who touches my Corvettes other than me and my wife.

    Power Chev has a hard-n-fast policy that Corvettes are only moved, even 1’, by only Ken and Randy (the Service Manager). They do not like paying for damaged splitters and wheels/tires because an inexperience lot person was not capable and ever since that policy was implemented over 10 years ago, not one Corvette has been damaged in any way.

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