Demand for the 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats has become fierce, prompting the FCA US to warn customers. The reason for the warning by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC, is that supply may not be able meet demand. Specifically, it’s been reported that some of its own dealerships have allegedly accepted large numbers of orders for the SRT Hellcat muscle cars without regard to their availability or advising customers that their order may not be filled for many months or longer, if at all.
While FCA US LLC has been elated with the overwhelming public excitement over the introduction of the super-powerful Hellcat models, the company is less than pleased at the idea that some of its independent dealers may be taking orders for the cars that they can’t possibly fulfill. Even worse is the fact that such practice could constitute a breach of the Dealer’s Sales and Service Agreement with FCA US and be a violation of other applicable laws – not to mention lead to a potential customer relations nightmare.
Needless to say, all that power comes with a price. The 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat starts at $59,995, minus shipping, fees, and taxes…while the Charger version will set you back a minimum of $63,995. You may also want to keep in mind that along with higher horsepower comes higher auto insurance rates. And, in some cases, your insurer of many years may feel too uncomfortable to take a risk on you, which could make it harder to find low cost auto insurance.
FCA US says it wants to tell customers directly how it’s been supplying inventory of the Hellcats. According to the company, eligible Dodge dealers get the cars based on their total Dodge sales in the previous 90 days with verified customer sold orders being prioritized.
So, if you’re a potential Hellcat customer…before you place your order…you’re encouraged to ask dealerships the following questions to avoid disappointment:
• Are you an authorized Dodge dealer?
• How many Hellcat orders do you have pending and where will I be on the list?
• Based on the dealer’s prior 90 day Dodge sales and previous Hellcat scheduling, when can I expect to take delivery of my Hellcat order?
• Do you require a deposit for a Hellcat order?
• Is the deposit refundable and at what point in time? Consult South Carolina state law governing the vehicle orders and the return of deposits.
Remember, in a situation where demand is high and can far exceed the dealer allocation formula, an enthusiastic new car customer can become the easy target for disappointment as well as fall victim to unscrupulous businesses and individuals.
If you suspect you may have placed an order for a Charger or Challenger SRT Hellcat that is unlikely to be fulfilled, contact your dealer and discuss options that may be available to you as production and availability will vary.
Whether you’re looking to park a new Hellcat in your garage or simply searching for cheap car insurance in South Carolina, first start by making sure you’re getting the best rate on your auto insurance. Why not get a free auto insurance quote today?
Would you first research the dealership before ordering such an expensive, limited car as the Hellcat? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.