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News Mid-Engined Chevy Corvette C8 Markup Reaching $15k

Mid-Engined Chevy Corvette C8 Markup Reaching $15k

As expected, dealers are excited about the new Chevy Corvette C8. So excited, in fact, that they are already marking up the new mid-engined ‘Vette.

Markups happen when a car is in high demand. That would certainly apply to the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8. Priced at less than $60,000 in the United States and less than $70,000 in Canada, the new C8 Corvette is by far the most affordable mid-engined car you can buy today.

That said, YouTuber Speed Phenom is saying that dealerships in Southern California are already readying themselves to charge their clients a little more.

“Dealerships believe that Chevy is selling them for too little”, the video says. Markups will range from $5,000 to $15,000 and that’s before cars have even arrived on the lot, again according to Speed Phenom.

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Chevrolet said that buyers could already reserve their C8 Corvette and Speed Phenom says the required deposit was $2,000. Unfortunately, some dealerships are going to use a lottery system to decide who gets to buy the car, at least at first.

Although we had to expect this to happen, it’s still unfortunate. One of the Corvette’s best qualities is its value, and although it would still offer plenty at $70,000 or $80,000, markups do take a lot of way from everything the C8 represents.

It also seems that dealers are simply playing on the car’s current hype and not marking up strictly because of availability issues and rarity. One dealer in Southern California said they were receiving over 100 mid-engine Corvettes and each would be marked up.

Let’s just hope dealers don’t overplay their hand here. Acura dealerships famously tried to mark up the NSX when the new-generation came out and we all know how that turned out. Many of those 2017 models are still for sale. The Corvette won’t be the NSX, but the target demographic won’t take too well to the idea of a markup.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Images

2020 Chevy Corvette C8
Chevrolet introduces the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette, Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Tustin, California. The 2020 Stingray features a new 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust. The mid-engine layout provides better weight distribution, better responsiveness and control, as well as the fastest 0-60 time of any entry-level Corvette. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production in late 2019 and will start under $60,000. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)

2020 Chevy Corvette C8
Chevrolet introduces the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette, Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Tustin, California. The 2020 Stingray features a new 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust. The mid-engine layout provides better weight distribution, better responsiveness and control, as well as the fastest 0-60 time of any entry-level Corvette. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production in late 2019 and will start under $60,000. (Photo by Dan MacMedan for Chevrolet)

2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Interior
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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