Remember last week when Dodge recalled every single Hellcat on the market??
Well, that doesn’t seem to matter much to consumers as Dodge is now suspending all orders of the 707 hp Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger models due to OVERWHELMING DEMAND!
In fact, this year alone, Dodge has already received twice as many orders as it planned to build for all of 2015. But that’s only the beginning of the story; things get crazier from there.
What am I referring to?
Well, because of this shortage, certain dealers around the country have implemented a 50 percent markup of the $60,000 vehicle, while other dealers have even taken orders for cars that will not be delivered for years. Dodge has denounced those
money grubber dealership tactics, essentially saying that the dealers are acting as con artists and are working “unscrupulously.”
And that is the real reason that Dodge is suspending all of its orders. They don’t want their customers to be subjected to that treatment.
In an official press release, Gualberto Ranieri, FCA’s senior vice president for communications, wrote, “A small number of dealers are engaging in a practice that is causing a customer relations issue for FCA US LLC and all of its dealers. Specifically, this handful of dealers appears to have accepted large numbers of SRT Hellcat orders without regard to available supply and without advising their customers that orders may not be filled, if at all, for many months or longer. We believe such a practice may constitute a breach of the Dealer’s Sales and Service Agreement with FCA US LLC and a violation of other applicable laws.”
Ranieri then added, “Accordingly, we wanted our customers to hear directly from us how we are allocating Hellcat vehicles and we hope that you will bear with us as we, in conjunction with our supply base, continue to balance the supply and overwhelming demand.”
WOW. Talk about some complete bull s***. But, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. This is just yet another example of dealerships and CAR SALESMAN acting like complete scammers, only looking out for themselves.
Which leads me to my next question: why are dealerships even around anymore??
At this point, we should all be able to buy directly from the manufacturer– that way we can avoid hidden costs, avoid dealing with the middleman, and most importantly… avoid being SCAMMED.
Of course, Elon Musk has been fighting this battle for the past few years with no success. That’s because, as usual, politics has gotten in the way.
4 thoughts on “Dodge Suspends All Orders of Hellcat Due to Overwhelming Demand and Dealership Con Jobs”
If dealerships are allowed to sell a vehicle at a discount from MSRP then why can’t they charge above MSRP? It’s called supply and demand….
Did Dodge really think this wasn’t going to happen? Finally a brand is going to take a stand and do what is right for the buyer. I wish Ford would look at this and do the same with their dealers about the Mustang.
I agree with doing away or severely limiting dealerships. I can go online build a vehicle but still have to deal with a smarmy dealer salesperson. So why bother ‘building’ the dream vehicle I want on their web site? Dealerships only want to sell [push] what they have. Lets be able to build online and be done with it! It would save everyone time and money!!!