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  • 60% Reduction in 2020 Allocations

    Got this from Ray at Boardwalk today. Guess I'm gonna get a 2021 now.

    Hello Miles.

    I held off passing on this news, hoping we had heard wrong. But GM has confirmed that dealer allocations for the 2020 model year C8 have been cut by nearly 60%. For Boardwalk, that means instead of 200 cars, we will get just 82 for the year. We've been told that all Chevrolet dealers experienced the same proportional reduction. GM attributed the cut to pandemic-related closures, along with failures on their part to get production restarted at a pace sufficient to meet their customer commitments.

    Your order would have been car #89 in our allocation, so it will not be built as a 2020 model year car. I know you must be disappointed, and apologize for passing on what turned out to be bad information, provided to us by GM.

    We will not be able to place orders for 2021 Corvettes until next month, and there is no word yet on how many cars we will be allocated. Regardless, yours would be car @7 on our list, if you still want Boardwalk to handle your order. We know there will be new options and features on the 2021 cars, and have been told that prices should remain at the 2020 level. We remain committed to selling at MSRP, and are hopeful that GM recognizes how wrong it would be to raise prices, especially for customers like you who ordered your cars long before the end of the 2020 model year.

    If you plan to continue to work with Boardwalk to get your new Corvette, thank you. I'll let you know as soon as the ordering process becomes available for the 2021 cars. If you decide to go elsewhere, well, I certainly understand. Either way, please accept my apology for the misleading communication over the last several months. In retrospect, I probably should have known better!

    Sincerely,
    Ray Kaupp, Corvette Specialist
    Boardwalk Chevrolet

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    I got the same email from Ray, except I am further down the list; disappointing but not surprising. When are they supposed to start making 2021s?

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    • #3
      The strike then the virus, and for sure GM drastically cut its original 2020 estimated allocation levels (they had zero choice but to doso). The original projected allocation was based on about 48,750, 2020 C8’s being made this year and now by our best estimates (not GM’s numbers) is that there will be 20,000 current year models made. Those numbers, IF later confirmed, jibe perfectly with what Ray Kaupp has written.

      Yes, it is very sad that so many more than the 20,000 who are getting a 2020 C8, will not get one. They will however get a 2021 C8.

      This is a very, very sad year for many things way more important than having to wait longer to get a C8. People have lost their lives, families have been destroyed, business who have worked for many decades to survive and prosper have been crushed, many never to recover.

      We all wish that everything negative that happened this year did not occur. And for those of us who are C8-centric, we all wish that 48,750 C8’s would have been assembled and customer delivered this model year.
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      • #4
        Guess I should expect a similar email although my salesman “guaranteed “ me a 2020 just three days ago! I believe 2021 production begins in November.

        Im actually ok getting a ‘21 if that happens. I just hope that my dealer can get me a ‘21. He told me that a new person walking into his office today would end up with a ‘22 model year indicating the ‘21s are all spoken for.
        Last edited by Metfish; 06-28-2020, 11:52 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Johngray View Post
          I got the same email from Ray, except I am further down the list; disappointing but not surprising. When are they supposed to start making 2021s?
          The best, most accurate rumor though IMO way more than that, is that they will start making 2021’s in November.
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates.Lifetime, annual contributors, and 22 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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          • #6
            From the communication we received, production of the '20's will end November 23rd.

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            • #7
              I'm sorry for those that are not getting a car. But I am also sorry that I do not nor have I believed what certain dealers stated as their initial allocations. Boardwalk Chevrolet is a perfect example.They never had a realistic allocation of 200 cars as stated. First of all they only sold 75 cars in 2018 and therefore there allocation for 2020 could not possibly be 200 cars.
              Sounds as though someone is puffing smoke up someone's a**

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              • #8
                Here's the breakdown for our store:

                2020 Allocation 71
                8 Delivered
                25 3000 or above
                33


                30 did not make cutoff
                20 additional '21 deposits

                So 33 of 71 = 46% of our original allocation.

                The numbers speak for themselves. Happy to be able to satisfy 46% what with this strange new world we are living in.

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                • #9
                  That was a beautifully written letter by Ray Kaupp at Boardwalk Chevrolet. Many other Corvette dealers would do well to study it carefully.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MrBluster View Post
                    That was a beautifully written letter by Ray Kaupp at Boardwalk Chevrolet. Many other Corvette dealers would do well to study it carefully.
                    Agree 100%. I especially appreciated how clear he was regarding where his customer fell on the 2021 list. Well done, Ray. Great example of informative, meaningful communication.
                    2021 Red Mist Tintcoat, convertible

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                    • #11
                      Do we think only up to code 3000 will be built ?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AlVette View Post
                        Do we think only up to code 3000 will be built ?
                        My understanding - if you don’t have an accepted 2020 order (3000 or above), you’re not getting a 2020 car. For those with accepted orders, GM is doing their best to get them built. We live in a crazy world, so hopefully there won’t be anymore unforeseen obstacles.
                        2021 Red Mist Tintcoat, convertible

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                        • #13
                          I am very surprised that this is the first you have heard of this...….months ago, once GM stopped taking orders back in March....it was put out that the number of cars that could possible be built would be in the neighborhood of 21,000 MAX. and at this very moment, that will only be achievable if BG actually gets a second shift going, which should possibly be in 2 weeks. everyone is keeping their fingers crossed for that to happen.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MilesC8 View Post
                            60% Reduction in '20 Allocations
                            outstanding 👍

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                            • #15
                              With all the details given out with the above letter. I would think at this day and time we should be entitled to know how many cars are at the 3000 level?
                              along with an affirmative if all will be built as a 2020
                              model..
                              Yes, I know what has transpired in these past six months were out of GM control..the drip drip drip with all the positive information has been very helpful..
                              I think now is the time to be precise about how many cars at the 3000 level and now and if all will be built..

                              once again Thank you to all the senior board members
                              for keeping us informed with information

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