This is a class move by the dealer to fix something that never should've happened.
There's always something to talk about when it comes to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Tuners love to modify it and present their new creations to us, GM itself is working on a more powerful and exotic-sounding Z06 variant, and there's an electric version coming too. Unfortunately, not all news surrounding the C8 Corvette is positive, and earlier this month, we came across yet another story of a C8 owner who learned that his car was being recklessly joyridden by a mechanic who was supposed to be looking after it. Following video evidence of the car being raced against a Dodge Charger on public roads, the owner is getting properly reimbursed with the dealer providing a brand new 'Vette as compensation.
The car's owner is a gentleman named Michael who didn't know what kind of recourse he could take following the incident besides venting about it online. But in a world where social media can make or break a brand, that was all he needed to do for the dealer - Fremont Chevrolet - to take action. This past weekend, the dealer agreed to trade Michael's 2021 C8 for a brand new 2022 model - no hidden fees, no sales tax, nothing to sour the deal. It's a great ending to a nasty story, and as you can imagine, Michael says he's extremely happy with the outcome.
Fortunately, the owner of the dealer was looking to make things right even before the video went viral online. Michael explains what happened to The Drive: "The owner of the family of dealerships reached out to me [...] and he texts me at nine at night or something, just apologizing profusely and saying he wants to make this right. And then [he offers] me a 2022 [Corvette], and that was pretty shocking."
The next morning, Michael arrived at the dealer where general manager Boni met him, took him through the paperwork, and helped him configure his new car before placing the order with GM. Making the deal sweeter is the fact that the 2022 model is getting some of the options that were wanted but never arrived on his 2021 car, including a nose lift system and the seats he preferred. As a final, awesome gesture, the dealer is letting him continue to drive his original car until the new one arrives. Great job, Fremont Chevrolet.