If you do NCM Museum Delivery, you pay both because of a Federal law, passed in the late 1970's, enacted at the lobbying of car dealers association. Reason they pushed for it, is that they did not want other dealers, located closer to car manufacturing plants, to have a competitive advantage due to lesser delivery charges by some dealers being closer to the plant. It is now the same transporter or rail car delivery fee nationwide. So, since the cars go on transporters 1/3 of a mile to the National Corvette Museum, you pay as much as dealers located in the state of Washington for the transporter delivery fee. The NCM Museum Delivery fee is for a special experience. Please see these four threads as to why many, including me, will happily pay extra for the NCM delivery experience.
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Thanks from me too. That is a great explanation. Although I think charging BOTH isn't the fairest way to go, I can at least see the reason behind the law.That's a great explanation. Thanks
I think you misunderstand. My complaint isn't with GM; it is with the politicians in Washington and the one-size-fits-all destination charge. Following your suggestion, my recourse would be to not purchase any automobile. Unfortunately, that isn't extremely practical.I would posit that as consumers you always have the option not to buy a product if you are uncomfortable with the way it is being sold.
Is this the first new car you have ever purchased? This policy / regulation has been in place for decades.........The part which I find ludicrous is the destination charge is not a function of the delivery distance. Since I will not be doing a museum delivery (not because of cost, but rather because of time and distance) this translates to me saying that I personally should have to pay one of the highest destination charges in the country to get it transported to San Francisco. So be it: I choose to live here on the Pacific coast, so I should have to pay the price of being so far from Bowling Green. Also, I believe the other people who do choose to do a museum delivery should have a relatively inexpensive destination charge, because the museum is so close to the factory. Otherwise, those other people are essentially subsidizing my delivery for me to the west coast. Why should they pay for me? Ah yes, because the wealthy lobbyists and their elected politicians have decreed it to be so to "level the playing field". I believe quite strongly in a free market, so that really rubs me the wrong way.
I have no opinion on the museum delivery fee.
No, but until I read this thread, it had never truly sunk in that the destination charge was the same for the whole country, and what that implies in practice (the bulb never went on for me until considering the extreme example of the super short delivery to the museum).Is this the first new car you have ever purchased? This policy / regulation has been in place for decades.........
I figured you had and my response was somewhat "tongue in cheek". Personally, I believe they should do away with it and bundle it into the MSRP but since many states don't tax this portion of the purchase it would probably cause more harm than good. I'm sure there are other tax and accounting reasons on the manufacturer's side that make it beneficial to break this out as a separate line item.No, but until I read this thread, it had never truly sunk in that the destination charge was the same for the whole country, and what that implies in practice (the bulb never went on for me until considering the extreme example of the super short delivery to the museum).
If I lived within a day's drive of the museum, I would do it. I am sure the museum delivery is worth every penny of the cost!OTOH, if I were able to accept delivery at the Museum then hand the car back to them for delivery to my local dealer I suppose I wouldn't have as much of a problem with the charge. I would almost be willing to pay for the Museum PDI instead of the delivery prep guy at the local dealership touching the car.
I do (sort of) and I will.If I lived within a day's drive of the museum, I would do it. I am sure the museum delivery is worth every penny of the cost!
So does the $995 show up separate from the MSRP such that I might not have to pay tax on that $1000? I live in CO. 7.4% sales tax plus an additional "fee" spread over the first 4 years of another 5.7% and .45% for a few more years. I call this the CO hard workers tax. So about 15% on MSRP.