Ah, the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray: six months ago, you witnessed its dramatic unveiling (possibly here on GM Authority), you saw all kinds of videos and in-depth reports on its features and components, and some of you may have already even seen the car in person at an auto show or two. But if you’re in the market to actually buy one, you’ll need to continue being very patient.
That’s because the ordering consensus timeline for the 2014 C7 has been publicized thanks to Corvette Blogger and Kerbeck Chevrolet’s Dave Salvatore. The ordering consensus is GM’s way of determining how many units of a particular product a dealership has “earned” based on a number of factors. Unless the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky that makes the Vette has more capacity than dealer requests and unless some dealers turn away units allocated to them, the amount of units determined by GM in the ordering consensus process for a store is pretty much the amount of units that a specific dealer will receive. For the C7, the ordering consensus period began on May 23rd, and was set to be a two-week-long process. Dealers were given the ability to prioritize their orders by May 30th, all bank orders had to be submitted by June 1st, and dealers had the ability to make changes to any picked-up orders (those that have been reviewed by GM) by June 4th. So far so good.
Now, any orders picked up by GM during the first week of the consensus period didn’t see any order sale changes until June 5th, and any orders assigned number 1,100 and up were not picked up during the first week of the consensus. At this point, GM may start giving dealers approximate assembly dates for the orders that have been received,
but for its part, Kerbeck Chevy isn’t taking deposits for 2014 Corvettes just yet and some stores have begun taking orders; Kerbeck, for instance, started taking orders with a deposit on May 31st (hat tip to Todd in the comments).
So even if GM were to begin giving dealers estimated assembly dates for C7 orders, there’s still the fact that such dates are always subject to variation and can easily change, since assembly line, quality control, and a myriad of other factors can delay the initial assembly process.
At the end of the day, the C7 is oh-so-close we can already smell its rubber and exhaust… but yet it seems to be so far from landing in customers’ driveways — since that’s always a grueling wait period measured by the day… and those days can get real long, real fast.
One reader and future C7 buyer said it best: “whenever I’m waiting for something as awesome as the Stingray, minutes turn into hours, and hours into days… and a month seems like a year.”
But good things are worth the wait… right?