2023 Corvette Z06: 4 Year Waitlist and Mayhem At Dealers

If you’re thinking about ordering a 2023 Corvette Z06 there is a lot to consider. No, we’re not talking about options, payments, huge price markups, and those types of things. We’re talking huge waitlists and Corvette dealers begging callers to leave them alone. Yes, it’s a big mess.

One Corvette dealership has 1087 Z06 deposits already

A pair of 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 models, one orange and one red shot from the high 3/4
The new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 | Chevrolet

Corvette enthusiasts are talking to dealers and writing on forums about what they’ve been told. The $1,000 refundable deposits are piling up at a dealership in Maryland. It claims to be the largest Corvette dealer in the country. The dealership says it already has 1087 orders and counting. This is from one dealership alone. 

One Twitter post from the Wholesale Car Club Facebook group says he was told three to four years was the expected waiting time. That means 2025, which seems like eons from now. What else might be available by then? Like, maybe a ZR1 or Zora Corvette? Or will those get canceled in the electric vehicle zeitgeist? 

Some Corvette dealers are begging that people stop calling about the Z06

Corvette dealership
Corvette dealership on Long Island, New York | Getty

But there is more bad news. Cars Direct is reporting that certain Corvette dealers are asking people to stop calling about the Z06. Their allocations from Chevy means orders will be pushed off for years. One, in particular, appears to be Ciocca Corvette in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

This dealer also claims to be the largest Corvette dealer in the world. How many of these are there anyway? It is saying that salespeople have been bombarded with orders and questions and it is disrupting making actual sales. When it does get its Z06 allotment, it and other dealerships maintain they’ll stick to MSRP and not gouge. 

Part of the reason for so many calls and orders is that nobody knows how much the Z06 will cost. Nor do they know anything about ordering or when Z06 production will begin. With so many production snafus over the past year at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant, who knows if what Chevy’s production plans are will ever even be realized?

Order info, deposits, and when production will begin aren’t known

An orange 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shot from the front 3/4 at sunset
The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 | Chevrolet

But if you want a Z06 we would advise calling different dealers to see what their wait times are and how much of a deposit is necessary. Some dealers won’t begin to take orders until after Chevy releases more information. So they aren’t saying how much of a deposit they require. 

With the frenzy over buying 2020 and 2021 Corvettes, these latest tales were expected. With all of the sub-assemblies produced by outside contractors, it seems that Chevy can only produce so many a year. So it can’t just add a shift or expand the assembly line. 

We guess this is a nice situation for Chevy to have. But these countless holdups and body blocks might make for weary enthusiasts who might take up boating or bowling instead. Or not.

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