Dodge suspends sales of Hellcats amid reports of price gouging

(FCA)

(FCA)

Chrysler has suspended sales of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat according to parent company FCA.  The company had expected to sell about 5,000 Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats however it has received over 9000 orders for the 707-horsepower muscle cars.

“Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats, we are temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system,” said a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson, in an emailed statement.

The validation of those orders comes amid reports that a few of the independent dealers may be participating in sales tactics that the corporation considers unscrupulous.   Fiat Chrysler’s Gualberto Ranieri  in a blog post warned customers about “a small number” of dealers who are recklessly accepting orders without regard to supply or customer wait time.

The validation of those orders comes amid reports that a few of the independent dealers may be participating in sales tactics that the corporation considers unscrupulous.   Fiat Chrysler’s Gualberto Ranieri  in a blog post warned customers about “a small number” of dealers who are recklessly accepting orders without regard to supply or customer wait time. Certain dealers are requesting customer deposits, most of which are nonrefundable, of up to $5,000.

The cars became available last September, and many of the cars have sold at prices much more than the suggested retail price, in some cases at prices over $60,000.  Dealers are supposed to get one of the cars per month, however according to the blog post some dealers are taking deposits for many more and that could cause costumers to wait a long time to receive their car. According to FCA there was to be a fair way for potential customers to get a Hellcat, but some dealers have marked up the price and taken deposits on cars not in inventory.

According to Allpar.com, FCA may lift the suspension by August of this year. The company may do so sooner than that if many existing orders are cancelled or if production for both Hellcat variants increases.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. He served in support of Operation Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm and ended his military career in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Greg has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology.

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