That doesn't make any sense. If GM wants to drag itself out of bankruptcy, they need to be able to actually sell something. I would imagine most people wouldn't be willing to wait 6-8 weeks to get the car they actually want.cheddar11 said:If there were dozens of cars in every color, trim available on the lot you wouldn't be as rushed to buy one, as you know that it will probably be there next week or another dealership will have it.
This is a fine line though, demand can't outweigh supply too much as consumers will get irritated and might go to a competitor. Especially if they have a timeline of purchase. Right now the demand is great, by the new year the supply should meet the demand, but don't expect to see more than 6 on a lot at a time.
If someone "really wants" a Terrain or Nox they will wait. It's marketing 101. Supply can't outweigh demand. that's how GM got into trouble in the first place. They had 8 brands with god knows how many models. They just kept rolling cars off the line and they sat on lots untouched because there were so many of them. Most of them were rebadge jobs that shared the same platform. Yes the Terrain and Nox are essentially the same vehicle, but they have entirely different bodies, not just a grille.badpenguin said:That doesn't make any sense. If GM wants to drag itself out of bankruptcy, they need to be able to actually sell something. I would imagine most people wouldn't be willing to wait 6-8 weeks to get the car they actually want.
I ordered a 2LT with the leather, 18" wheels, and cargo package. I got $1,500 in rebates and another $500 off the top because the dealer had promised me an additional rebate that ended up being "not compatible" with the $1000 rebate.cheddar11 said:If your order one, your negotiating power goes out the window. You are essentially custom ordering a product and for that you'll pay a premium. Unless the dealer is in a world of hurt and needs the sale that badly. I bought mine off the floor and didn't get much of a deal besides the $1000 holiday bonus, but I knew that going in as I researched the invoice and found the mark-up on the Terrains are very small compared to the past. They are only making a couple grand off each vehicle.
It certainly is true in the Vancouver area. We started looking seriously in November. We had a 30 minutes opportunity one evening to test drive one becasue there were two customers with appoitnments wanting to buy this LS model. We ordered an LTZ November 23. I kept a casual check and at no time since then until now (late January) has there been one on the local lot. The 8 week wait was well worth....Love this vehicle!mkaresh said:I've been trying to test drive one of these for months, but dealers never have them in stock where I live. But then I'm near Detroit.
Is the situation the same or different elsewhere?
Absolutely true as a frustrating experience. But think how good this is for GM that the demand is so high.Narg said:I'd just like to put in my experience with this topic. We would have purchased a 'Nox about 4 weeks ago instead of 1 week ago. We found the perfect model at a local dealer that had all the features we wanted. But the dealer would not sell it too us. It was the last one he had in stock and didn't expect to get more for a few weeks. He wanted to not sell it in order to have one in stock for test drives, etc. So we waited, and thought we had missed out on this one. But the dealer called us back and said that a previous potential buyer had refused delivery, so we got our chance to buy it. The dealer at that time said he expected a couple dozen to be delivered in mid Feb. Anyway, that was a frustrating experience.