Photograph Credit score: Rick Hendrick Metropolis Chevrolet
While you begin fascinated about a few of these historic Chevrolet dealerships from again within the day, those that come to thoughts for us are those who have some kind of connection to Racing. Chevrolet sellers with names like Yenko, Nickey, and Baldwin (with Movement Efficiency accomplice Joel Rosen) had been all often known as efficiency facilities. Jim Rathmann was well-known for successful the Indy 500 in 1960 first earlier than beginning his South Florida Chevrolet dealership that turned identified for equipping NASA astronauts with the most recent Corvettes for only a buck a 12 months. After which there may be Charlotte, North Carolina’s Metropolis Chevrolet, the non secular residence for one in all NASCAR’s most profitable groups, Hendrick Motorsports.
Rick Hendrick bought Metropolis Chevrolet in 1978 and it turned the launching pad for the dealership group at the moment that carries his title. “Metropolis (Chevrolet) was the mothership,” Hendrick stated in a promotional video celebrating the fortieth Anniversary of the dealership in 2018. “That’s the deal that began all of it. Metropolis was such a superb alternative and full of fine individuals. Metropolis was a launching pad for all the opposite shops — the primary 10 to fifteen shops, all of the administration got here out of Metropolis Chevrolet.“
At this time, Metropolis Chevrolet is extra related than ever for Corvette fanatics seeking to order a C8 Corvette Stingray and Z06. The dealership was ranked twenty fifth within the nation with 125 Corvettes bought on our Prime 100 Corvette Sellers of 2021 report, however gross sales solely inform half the story. We spoke with Metropolis Chevrolet’s Corvette specialist Rick Accurso who tells us the dealership’s focus is all concerning the buyer and that course of begins the second you stroll by the doorways.
An enormous departure that instantly units Metropolis Chevrolet other than others is its Corvette reservation course of. While you place an order on your dream Corvette at Metropolis Chevrolet, you don’t need to put any cash all the way down to safe your house in line. “That typically takes some explaining to do as prospects might imagine you aren’t critical or they received’t get a automobile and not using a deposit,” Rick says. Better of all, you’ll additionally know precisely what you might be paying as all customer-ordered Corvettes are bought at MSRP with only a $699 doc payment, tag, title, and relevant state taxes included.
Rick tells us a part of his philosophy of promoting Corvettes at Metropolis Chevrolet is solely telling the reality and being clear. Today concerning the Corvette, “all the things depends upon how issues are getting in Bowling Inexperienced” and most prospects do perceive now that it’s a ready sport. To maintain prospects enthused and excited throughout this time, they’ll get an electronic mail from the dealership each couple of weeks or in order that shares information and updates on the Corvette, or typically for simply reaching out and saying howdy.
Corvette specialist Rick Accurso in Mr. Hendrick’s 2020 Corvette VIN 001
It’s an enormous day when your new Corvette arrives on the dealership for supply and when it does, your time received’t be wasted sitting within the seller’s finance workplace. Rick says a lot of the paperwork is dealt with prematurely and the method is made to be as seamless as attainable. They know you wish to be driving that new automobile and customarily, most prospects are out the door and on the road of their new automobiles in below an hour. Corvette patrons may go for an NCM R8C Supply and Metropolis Chevrolet can do courtesy deliveries as effectively, however Rick finds the in-person supply course of at Metropolis to be probably the most rewarding:
“A number of prospects wish to come right here, and to me, it’s rewarding as a result of they really wish to come to Metropolis Chevrolet to fulfill me, which I believe is basically cool. This automobile, with the longevity of the method, it’s not only a one-off and one and carried out, it’s constructing a relationship and when prospects take supply of their automobiles, we at all times welcome them to the Hendrick household, and we imply that.”
We requested Rick about Metropolis’s present C8 reservations and he tells us that there are at present 300 in line for the Stingray whereas there are 347 for the Z06. Nevertheless, because of the heavy demand for the Z06 and never but figuring out retail allocations, Metropolis has paused its reservations for the Z06 for the second. We did ask concerning the rumored E-Ray or ZR1 and Rick responded that there’s a “future Corvette” record that he maintains as effectively.
Our dialog turned to Mr. Hendrick who stated after buying Metropolis Chevrolet in 1978 that he hoped to in the future to purchase his personal Corvette. In fact, we all know how that turned out as he owns some 200 collector automobiles together with many VIN 001 Corvettes on show in his personal museum. Rick says “Mr. H” as he’s identified may even sometimes cease by the dealership to speak with workers and prospects.
Rick tells us the story from early 2020 when the VIN 001 and VIN 002 Corvettes had been delivered to Metropolis Chevrolet and Mr. Hendrick was there to see them. A buyer was taking footage of the automobiles when Mr. Hendrick instructed to Rick for getting the keys and open up the VIN 002 Corvette so the client may take close-ups of the inside and engine. The image above exhibits Mr. Hendrick utilizing the client’s digicam to take the client’s image within the automobile. “That’s who he’s…he’s clearly an incredible businessman, however he’s a automobile man first,” says Rick.
Metropolis Chevrolet’s Corvette specialist Rick Accurso will be reached at 704-264-7834 or by way of electronic mail at [email protected]