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    Purchasing a driving school C7

    Hello!

    Just joined and getting ready to purchase my first Corvette. One of the ones I’m looking at is a 17 Grand Sport 3LT coupe with the M7. What would be any of your thoughts on purchasing a licensed GM driving school car, it has almost 8k miles on it.

    Thanks in advance!

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    A 17 GS 3LT with only 8k miles. Good price, I'd say go for it.
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    Am I correct in thinking driving school cars do not come with a drivetrain warranty? I would explore the possibility of getting an aftermarket one. (Note to readers; I know many people do not like these. I have never bought one but I have friends who have had great experiences with them. IMHO it may be better than nothing).

    If I knew it was a Spring Mountain care I would feel better only because Spring Mountain tells participants how the driving school cars are maintained. The school maintains them unless damage occurs beyond their in-house capability in which case the school pays cash for GM dealer repairs.
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    You can get a '17 or '18 NEW car with factory warranty off a dealer lot for a yuuge discount
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    Welcome to our forum Jminners. You might want to give a call to one of our forum dealer sponsors https://www.stingrayforums.com/forum...g-dealerships/. They have a number of great deals on new C7s with full factory warranty.
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    I wouldn't personally buy one.

    As mentioned, I believe there's no warranty on former school cars, and as also mentioned, there are huge discounts on new ones right now.

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    No, I personally would not. Excellent prices for a new 2019 .
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    Keep in mind those are 8k hard driven miles. I did spring mountain and although the cars are driven hard all of those miles, I saw the garages where they went in for constant maintenance. If the price is much better than can be achieved through autotrader or our sponsored dealers they I say go for it. Welcome to the forum!

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    you get what you pay for. I made the mistake of purchasing a used 2016 Z06 that was a former driving school car. The dealer provided an extended warranty because they falsely advertised that it had a full warranty (no powertrain). Mine had approximately 7500 miles on it. Shortly after owning it, I found out the carbon rotors were shot, and below minimum weight. Neither the school, nor the dealer could do anything about it as it had, "passed their inspection checks". It was an expensive fix to be sure. Other than the rotors being shot, the car was mechanically sound. If you do go down this route, it would be advisable to hire an independent mechanic to do a full inspection, where they weigh/measure the pads/rotors, and any other wear item. Best of luck!
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    Thanks for the input and the welcomes!

    The car is in CA and I’m in MN so an inspection is a great idea but I will probably pass on it and keep looking.

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    Check out the forum sponsor dealers on the East Coast. I live on the West Coast, and still saved thousands over the best price I could negotiate locally (for a new car) after paying $2k to have it shipped on enclosed trailer.
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    I just returned from a Corvette Owners Driving School at Spring Mountain and I agree with your decision to keep looking. I know how I drove the `19 Grand Sport for two days. I drove it hard, using up tires and brakes and hammering the car through corners and over apex curbing. The GS I drove for two days handled the abuse (like it was built to do), but after 9-10,000 miles of daily abuse, the only way I would buy one would be to build it into a dedicated track car.
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    i looked into getting a GM driving school car until i found out gm will not warranty the drive train or the brake system. third party warranties are not worth the money. do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.

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    Driving school car with 8000 miles? All on the track? By people who did not own the car?


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