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Beware of Dealerships Taking Hellcat Challenger, Charger Orders

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:04 PM - by armtorque
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After receiving a handful of emails from people who have recently ordered a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat or 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, it seemed like a good time to explain the difference between ordering a car through the order bank and simply placing an order with a dealership – as orders being accepted right now aren’t getting you much closer to owning a 707hp Mopar muscle car. Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com.

I keep reading about dealerships still taking orders for the ‪#‎Dodge‬ ‪Challenger‬ and ‪‎Charger‬ ‪‎SRT‬ ‪#‎Hellcat‬ models, but buyers should beware, as ordering now isnt getting you any closer to having either of the new ‪Mopar‬ muscle cars.

We have talked more than once about how the order banks for the 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Dodge Charger with the 707hp Hellcat Hemi have been temporarily closed while the automaker works to cut through the long list of standing orders. However, I have received emails and read posts online insisting that some dealerships are still taking orders and accepting down payments. This is leading people to believe that their names are being added to the list of vehicles to be built, but orders placed when the order banks aren’t open don’t really do anything, other than allow the dealership to begin earning interest on your down payment while you wait for the car to arrive.
The Chrysler Group has gone so far as to warn prospective buyers to avoid dealerships still willing to take orders, as the list is long enough that these orders might not be filled during this model year. Even with that statement, my experiences working in the dealership world lead me to believe that there are dealerships in the US that will take your cash as a down payment on a car that they might not ever be able to deliver.

Dealership Ordering Explained
The problem is that in the auto dealership world, you can always find someone to take your money so if you have $10,000 in cash in hand, you will likely find a dealership who will take that $10k and put your name on a list with the hopes that at some point, they will be able to hand you the keys to a 2015 Dodge Challenger or Charger with the 6.2L Hellcat Hemi. The problem is that when you place an order on a car that is not available in the order banks, your order for that Challenger or Charger essentially stalls with the dealership. Nothing else can happen until the order banks re-open.

To better explain the problem, imagine that you were considering going to your local Dodge dealership to custom order a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392. The order bank is open for this model, so you could go to a dealership and place an order with the exact features that you want. You could give the dealership $10,000 for a down payment and the dealership would enter your order into the computer system. That order would be sent to the production facility in Ontario and it would officially begin moving through the steps leading to a car rolling off of the assembly line

2015 Challenger Galleries:
The 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack in Sublime
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in TorRed
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in Sublime

On the other hand, say that you wanted to order a 2016
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Dodge Challenger Outsells Chevrolet Camaro in March

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:47 PM - by armtorque
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The Dodge Challenger did something in March 2015 that it has not done before, outselling the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since the 5th generation Camaro was introduced for the 2010 model year – showing just how big of a difference the light refresh and the extra injection of Hellcat horsepower made as Challenger sales numbers continue to grow. Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com.

I have been closely covering the monthly muscle car sales race here at TorqueNews since the late 2011 calendar year and in that time, I have built a long spreadsheet of sales figures for the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro. In that time, the Dodge Challenger has ranked third in terms of monthly sales only one time over the course of more than 40 months, but with the Challenger lacking a convertible, Dodge has a smaller lineup of muscle cars to offer buyers and at this point, seeing the Challenger in third place behind the Camaro and Mustang has become a normal occurrence.

The only time that the modern Challenger outsold a competitor was September 2014, when prospective Mustang buyers were holding out for the 2015 models so the monthly win wasn’t due to good Challenger sales so much as it was caused by extremely poor Mustang sales. In March 2015, the story was a little different, as the Dodge Challenger moved 6,110 new models, making last month the second best sales month for the new Challenger since it was introduced for the 2008 model year. The best month ever was back in March of 2014, when 6,132 Challengers were sold, so this March fell just 23 units short of setting a new monthly sales record.

In posting this near record-setting sales figure, the Challenger finished second in monthly sales, trailing the Ford Mustang by more than 6,000 units, but beating the Chevrolet Camaro by 154 units. GM sold 5,956 Camaros last month.

The Challenger Sales Boom
When the 2015 Dodge Challenger was introduced last year with a very minor refresh and a few new models, some skeptics insisted that it wasn’t new enough to spur sales. Sales figures for the 2014 Challenger had leveled out and it was widely agreed upon that it was time for a change, but when the 2015 models were introduced with little more than a new grille, new taillights, a nicer interior and two new trimlines, some insisted that this would spell the demise of the Mopar muscle car.

Fortunately, those skeptics could have been more wrong, as the sales figures for the 2015 Dodge Challenger have been very good, posting record or near-record months every month since the new models began reaching dealerships. A big part of the Challenger sales surge is the addition of the 485 horsepower R/T Scat Pack trimline and, of course, the 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat model. Even with the factory being unable to quickly meet the demand for the SRT Hellcat Challenger, the monster muscle car has helped to increase sales right along with the new Scat Pack.

Best of all, with the Chrysler Group management looking at thousands of outstanding orders for the Hellcat Challenger, we are likely to see sales numbers for the Dodge muscle car remain high into the summer months. In the meantime, those folks coming to the dealerships to touch the Hellcat that they cannot afford are buying less expensive models every day. Plus, with the 6th gen Camaro being introduced in May with the first units expected to arrive late this year, the Camaro could see a continued sales slump as buyers hold out for the next gen models and the accompanying deeply discount "old" models once the 2016 Camaro arrives. In other words, this might not be the only time that the Challenger outsells the Camaro this year.
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A Video Recap of ‪#‎SF10‬ : 2015 Spring Festival of LXs.

Mar 23, 2015 - 6:19 PM - by Mosie
A good recap of the show, with a lot of members getting to talk to FCA Corporate about their rides at ‪#‎SF10‬ 2015 Spring Festival of LXs.

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