By on January 23, 2020

The extended UAW GM strike of 2019 was the longest the automotive industry endured in a couple of generations. At the time, General Motors said the situation would delay production across its entire model lineup, including the 2020 Corvette. The mid-engined C8 is all-new, encouraging plenty of interest. It was assumed the model was destined to be sold out months before the strike occurred.

While GM later confirmed models were still available, it warned that the strike might delay its launch and could impact dealer allocations. In November, the manufacturer said the C8 wouldn’t arrive until February of 2020, though the latest word from retailers indicates GM will cut back on allocations of the C8.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering GM lost roughly three months of production due to the strike, that the company probably won’t have enough time left in the year to meet demand before 2021 models start showing up in the fall. According to Bachman Chevrolet’s Mike Davenport, better known as YouTube’s Chevy Dude, the manufacturer informed him that his dealership could expect a 15-percent cut to its 2020 ‘Vette allocations.

Unsatisfied with the reasons given, Davenport said he engaged in some light detective work. “With the plant being shut down for 90 days, there have been some internal issues,” he explained. “That’s going to scale back production I think close to 20 percent.”

While that makes one wonder what excuse GM initially gave Davenport, nobody is going to doubt the strike as the main factor. However, that also means some people probably won’t be eligible to receive a 2020 C8, even if they have already expressed an interest in buying one. Mike said GM will likely prioritize orders that are the most complete and recommends contacting your dealer to make sure your form doesn’t require any touch-ups. It also probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to be extra friendly with sales staff if you absolutely cannot wait until the 2021 model year — which is supposed to arrive in September.

Dealers can also earn additional allocations; Mike noted that most orders from the largest Chevy outlets should be secure. Plenty of people, however, may be forced into waiting after failing to secure a preferred place in line. If you don’t already have a Corvette order on the books, you probably missed your window for this year.

[Images: General Motors]

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8 Comments on “2020 Corvette Dealer Allocations Reportedly Cut...”

  • avatar

    A good friend of mine has a C8 on order and all I can say is good luck dealing with GM and all it’s B.S. I love Corvettes and have 2 of them, but could care less about the being one of the first to have something. On the flip side he loves it (was one of the first in the area with a ’14 model).

    • 0 avatar

      I wouldn’t touch a C8 for at least 3 years. This is uncharted territory for a Corvette. And we are talking about GM here.

      Dealers must love this kind of news, they will just point out these articles to explain the +$15K “market adjustment” price on the windshield.

      Someone I work with canceled their C8 order because of the lack of communication from the dealer. Right now nobody really knows when C8s will show up.

      BTW I own a ’14 C7 and (knock on wood) so far only 2 problems: a bad reverse sensor ($44) and failed XM antenna ($29). Both DIY repairs.

  • avatar

    I dont understand. A 6 week strike delays production 3 months.


  • avatar

    I’d bet sales aren’t nearly what they expected and this is the cover story

    I know Corvette lovers who have no love at all for this iteration

    demand is often created by the illusion of scarcity – Mercedes successfully did it for years

  • avatar

    This is good news – fewer of the hideous Chevrolet Fieros on the road.

  • avatar

    can GM dump these on fleets like they did w/ the last Impala flop?

    much harder to do w/ this thing

  • avatar

    We are still at the stupid part of the price curve. 3 million for 001 ? Charity yes, but there is a demand there for the first year’s production. Like the C7, it will take a few years to saturate demand then the factory continues running and cash appears on the hood.

    Not today, though. I look forward to seeing my first C8 in the wild….and in the Green Leafy Burbs of NYC, we get them-but nothing yet.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    In other news, a C8 apparently had its wheels stolen already:

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