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Does anyone have any experience with the museum delivery option?

Worth it?

My only concern is that I am about 800 miles or so away and wouldn't want to park a new corvette in a holiday inn parking lot in Tennessee.

If it was a great experience might be worth making the effort to drive straight.
 

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Absolutely fantastic experience, so good will do it again for our C7. Where do I start... The single thing that stands out for me is the care and compassion of the Museum Delivery Team has for your car and your experience. Your car's PDI treatment will be the best possible. Once I saw the PDI Specialist call the Plant and tell them that the front fender was not acceptable (wasn't my car, but looked acceptable to me, until the Specialist got me to kneel down and look up the fender toward the overhead lights). The Plant sent someone over within an one hour; that car then disappeared. I learned later it was taken back to the Assembly Plant, across the street, where they installed a new fender. Next morning, when I came back to the Museum Delivery area, there was that same car, getting a second detailing to insure it was perfect. Extreme example, yes, but that is how one aspect of many ways the Museum team works to insure your Museum Delivery experience exceeds your expectations.

As far as your concern about parking your car on the way home in a motel parking lot, I understand, and thus when we travel cross country in our Corvette (at least every two years), we stay in a nice suburban motel rather than one in a large city. For fifteen years of Corvette traveling, thankfully haven't ever awakened to find our baby damaged.

If you haven't yet seen the following site, give it a look over, including clicking on all the small underlined sub-sections. National Corvette Museum - Museum Delivery. And/or if you have any questions, call Lori or Shane at the Museum @ 1.800.53.VETTE or email Lori at: [email protected]. They will be happy to answer all your questions. Looking forward to our Museum Delivery next year!
 

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I canceled the Museum delivery due to the unpredictabe weather in the 4th and 1st quater of the year.The mountins of TN. and NC. scared me. Tires on the C7 espially the Z51 and not rated well on slick roads. It's supposed to be quite an experience, especially in nice weather.
 

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I know the museum delivery option is $990 but do they then waive the $995 freight charge? It appears they don't based on the build your car app on their website. So, in reality the museum delivery costs $1985 + airfare, rental car and hotel. I'd still do it but its interesting math.
 

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I did the Museum Delivery on my C6 and am thinking about it on a new car. The 800 mile travel should not scare you, I did mine in mid November and it was great. This time, if we do it, I will head to Texas to visit my daughter & kids then back to NJ so I'll be going 2300 miles before getting home. You might want to consider the Buyers Tour & Photo Album, especially if you decide not to do R8C delivery, that way you can see your car being built & get a nice album (I did both on my C6 also) to remember the experience of buying a C7.
 

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I know the museum delivery option is $990 but do they then waive the $995 freight charge? It appears they don't based on the build your car app on their website. So, in reality the museum delivery costs $1985 + airfare, rental car and hotel. I'd still do it but its interesting math.
No, the freight charge is uniform whether your car is being delivered across the street to the Museum or across the country. Hence the freight is leveled across all purchasers. The Museum charge is in part to defray the attention they pay in the prep of your car by uber experienced Corvette only people, to the display and presentation at the Museum on delivery to you, the tour etc. I am really looking forward to picking up RedHot at the Museum next month. :cool:
 

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No, the freight charge is uniform whether your car is being delivered across the street to the Museum or across the country. Hence the freight is leveled across all purchasers. The Museum charge is in part to defray the attention they pay in the prep of your car by uber experienced Corvette only people, to the display and presentation at the Museum on delivery to you, the tour etc. I am really looking forward to picking up RedHot at the Museum next month. :cool:
Yes, it's interesting to see they actually load the car on a carrier and truck it the mile or so between back lot and the museum, LOL. I was being a bit tongue in cheek, I know they level the freight fee by spreading it across the entire pool of cars. Otherwise people in CA would be seeing $2000 freight charges. As for the $990 fee, that's only a few hundred above what most FL dealers charge for "setup and delivery" and we have an arcane state law that makes dealers charge everyone the fee if they charge even one person. I would negotiate the elimination of that fee if I were taking museum delivery OR, by from an out of state dealer since all we would be doing is transferring paperwork.
 

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Think I'm convinced. Thanks guys. Sounds like its not something to miss.
Wish I would've done it :( When I visited the Museum on Labor Day (drove Plant too) I immediately had regret for NOT going with that option! Also now being able to view the newbies waiting for their parents on the Museum cameras would be very exciting to see. My C7 being stuck in Nashville playing a fiddle isn't fun.
 

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Wish I would've done it :( When I visited the Museum on Labor Day (drove Plant too) I immediately had regret for NOT going with that option! Also now being able to view the newbies waiting for their parents on the Museum cameras would be very exciting to see. My C7 being stuck in Nashville playing a fiddle isn't fun.
Well you could get your husband's C7 that way (or your next one :) ). As for the temporary delay in Nashville, all Museum deliveries go through an automatic two week QC hold before release to ensure that any issues that may have come up unique to the components in that specific build as a result of the just-in-time manufacturing process have had a chance to surface before you drive it home. The logic being that one's shipped to dealers can be held at the dealer to correct an issue if necessary. :cool:
 

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Absolutely fantastic experience, so good will do it again for our C7. Where do I start... The single thing that stands out for me is the care and compassion of the Museum Delivery Team has for your car and your experience. Your car's PDI treatment will be the best possible. Once I saw the PDI Specialist call the Plant and tell them that the front fender was not acceptable (wasn't my car, but looked acceptable to me, until the Specialist got me to kneel down and look up the fender toward the overhead lights). The Plant sent someone over within an one hour; that car then disappeared. I learned later it was taken back to the Assembly Plant, across the street, where they installed a new fender. Next morning, when I came back to the Museum Delivery area, there was that same car, getting a second detailing to insure it was perfect. Extreme example, yes, but that is how one aspect of many ways the Museum team works to insure your Museum Delivery experience exceeds your expectations.

As far as your concern about parking your car on the way home in a motel parking lot, I understand, and thus when we travel cross country in our Corvette (at least every two years), we stay in a nice suburban motel rather than one in a large city. For fifteen years of Corvette traveling, thankfully haven't ever awakened to find our baby damaged.

If you haven't yet seen the following site, give it a look over, including clicking on all the small underlined sub-sections. National Corvette Museum - Museum Delivery. And/or if you have any questions, call Lori or Shane at the Museum @ 1.800.53.VETTE or email Lori at: [email protected]. They will be happy to answer all your questions. Looking forward to our Museum Delivery next year!
I am a little dissappointed. Everyone says how great the musuem delivery is but when I called Shane at the museum and asked if during the tour or inspection I could get an explanation on how to remove the spoiler so I could put a carbon one on he said. No. The people are only trained on instructing customers how to work the functions of the car. No technical questions will be addressed.

A day later I saw a statement on line saying that they reserve the right to cancel the tour if they have a corporate event or something going on. So I emailed Lori today. She said they would never knowlingly schedule a delivery when something was going on and if they are told I will be told. I guess "if" you are told you can rebook your flights, car and hotel. But I will have to plan around my work and other family memebers work.

I then asked if I could do the inspection first in case I see something there would be time to fix it. She said there would be a brief period in the morning before the tour when I could see the car. So I guess the schedule is a fixed thing.

Seems kind of inflexible and one sided considering I am paying them an extra $990 for this! It can't really be like it sounds right?
 

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I am a little dissappointed. Everyone says how great the musuem delivery is but when I called Shane at the museum and asked if during the tour or inspection I could get an explanation on how to remove the spoiler so I could put a carbon one on he said. No. The people are only trained on instructing customers how to work the functions of the car. No technical questions will be addressed.

A day later I saw a statement on line saying that they reserve the right to cancel the tour if they have a corporate event or something going on. So I emailed Lori today. She said they would never knowlingly schedule a delivery when something was going on and if they are told I will be told. I guess "if" you are told you can rebook your flights, car and hotel. But I will have to plan around my work and other family memebers work.

I then asked if I could do the inspection first in case I see something there would be time to fix it. She said there would be a brief period in the morning before the tour when I could see the car. So I guess the schedule is a fixed thing.

Seems kind of inflexible and one sided considering I am paying them an extra $990 for this! It can't really be like it sounds right?
You sound like you won't enjoy anything, so you are bound to be disappointed.
That said, Tours are on a schedule. You have as long as you want afterwords to inspect your car.
 

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Too bad you feel that way but it's good you got the answers you were looking for so you aren't disappointed.
 

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You sound like you won't enjoy anything, so you are bound to be disappointed.
That said, Tours are on a schedule. You have as long as you want afterwords to inspect your car.
Ouch. Sorry if I sound like that. Actually I just want to know what is what so I am not disappointed. What you say makes sense though. If the tours are on a schedule then they have to stick to that because there will be others following the same route. Sounds like I need to look at this as more of a fun event and less of a serious one.
 

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Too bad you feel that way but it's good you got the answers you were looking for so you aren't disappointed.
Yes. That is true. It all kind of makes sense now that I have thought about it. Their job is preping, inspecting and delivering the cars. Also if I took delivery at a dealer I would not get near as good a job on pre inspection, no museum and no special tour.
 

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Yes. That is true. It all kind of makes sense now that I have thought about it. Their job is preping, inspecting and delivering the cars. Also if I took delivery at a dealer I would not get near as good a job on pre inspection, no museum and no special tour.
Exactly and although sudden plant closures or events can happen they rarely do. You also can take as long on the tour as you like and go on a route much deeper into the plant than the normal tours. Honestly, after a few hours you're ready to get back to the museum, get some lunch and get on with the delivery. As for inspection, your car will usually be on the line the afternoon before so you will have an opportunity to point anything out but honestly, the guys doing the PDI are pretty anal and won't let anything out until they are satisfied.
 
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