Hey everyone, I'm a newbie here and I will be a proud owner of my new GCSRT8 picking it up on Monday, 12/26/11!
Let me share with you my journey and it goes like this....
March 2011 - customed ordered a brand new 2011 Mercedes Benz E550 Coupe
June 2011 - picked up my brand new 2011 Mercedes Benz E550 Coupe
June - November 2011 - loved life enjoying my 0-60 in 5.0 seconds everyday
November 26, 2011 - cleaned up the Benz and covered her up for winter storage
Nov. 26 - Dec. 1, 11 - felt like something was missing, didn't like the fact that I spent all that money and had to store the car for 2-4 months
Dec. 2, 2011 - sold Mercedes Benz E550 Coupe with 2,223 miles for $23K LESS than what I paid for
Dec. 5, 2011 - Mercedes Benz gone, flat-bedded away
Dec. 16, 2011 - introduced to and learned about GCSRT8 on multiple websites
Dec. 17, 2011 - went to a dealer in town to sit in a GCSRT8 and witnessed the miracle beast
Dec. 19, 2011 - called over 15 Jeep dealers around the country to attempt to locate a GCSRT8 to my specifications
Dec. 20, 2011 - located a GCSRT8 that is in my specs and price so I pulled the trigger (deposit down, loan approved, SOLD)
Dec. 26, 2011 - will be picking up my brand new 2012 GCSRT8
Only options that I wanted were:
Command View Panoramic Sunroof
I was pretty excited about my Benz when I first order and got it, but now I believe I am more excited about my GCSRT8! The GCSRT8 luxury amenities are comparable with my Benz:
panoramic sunroof (two panel design)
back up camera
Harmon K sound
What's better than my Benz are:
Carbon fiber trim
touch screen command center
remote car start
Needless to say, I am more pumped up about this car than I was with my Benz!
Things that I learned while I called around the country to locate a 2012 GCSRT8. First, if a dealership has one in stock, they will mark up the price from the MSRP anywhere from additional $3K up to $10K! I know it's all supply and demand since Jeep, I read, is only producing 3000 units in 2012. Some dealerships are still honoring MSRP sticker price, but rare to find. Forget about trying to hackle money off, no way, no how on this car! Like I said, you'll be lucky to find one available for MSRP. BTW, Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge employee number or family/friends corporate discounts don't work with any SRT purchases!
Second, I learned that some dealership do have the new GCSRT8 instock, but they will refuse to sell it because their owner is using it as his own "demo"!? They'll drive couple of thousand miles on it, then will still try to sell it above the MSRP!
One dealer, not only marked up the cost of the vehicle, but the vehicle acutally had over 1600 miles on it! That salesman said to me, "so you're not interested in it anymore?" I said, "hell no! first you're asking $10K above MSRP and you told me the car is practically used?"
Also, a lot of the dealers won't let these GCSRT8 go to another dealer, they just won't do a interdealer trade. For a lot of these Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge dealers without a new GCSRT8 instock, they usually can't get their hands on one for awhile. If a buyer decides to build one and order directly from Michigan, it can take up to 6 months to delivery. I heard two dealers lost their special order to their perspective buyers due to production waiting period. If you want to buy a new GCSRT8, you're better off to look in the current inventory around the country.
Can't wait to drive in my new beast going 0-60 in 4.6 seconds now!