It seems that nobody likes Corvettes.
Don’t ask why, because the Corvette has consistently performed well above its price range, earning a reputation as being a supercar “giant killer”, but people just don’t seem to want to buy a new ‘vette. And even when they do, they barely drive the thing. It’s a crying shame, really.
But that means there are deals to be had as more and more Corvettes pile up at dealerships. And with the 2019 models on their way, you know there’s going to be some desperate dealers willing to offload their sexy supercar killers on the cheap.
However, Chevrolet doesn’t appear to be in desperation mode quite yet. Last year, you could get some 2017 Corvettes for 10 percent off as part of a national inventory clearout, but this year they’re instead keeping the deals on the down-low.
Never fear, for the noble sleuths at CarsDiriect.com are here to give you all the info you need to get behind a new ‘vette on the cheap. Alex Bernstein, Senior Pricing Analyst at Cars Direct, explains.
“Both 2017 and 2018 Corvettes are eligible for so-called Flex Cash. Put simply, it's a type of incentive that allows for deep discounting that can vary from dealer to dealer. As a result, you may see large variances in price when shopping.
“In the case of the 2017 Corvette, the incentive is worth up to $8,000, while 2018 Corvettes get $6,000. Because the 2017 already has a $2,017 bonus, it's eligible for up to $10,017 in potential savings.”
If you absolutely must have a 2019 Corvette, Alex notes “there are no such offers yet on the 2019 Corvette.” But if they don’t move as fast as Chevy would like, it won’t be long for a deal to present itself.
CarsDirect also notes there’s roughly an equal number of 2017 and 2018 Corvettes in inventory nationally, so finding one of the slightly older models won’t be difficult. The differences between the two models years are largely cosmetic, but the 2018 version has some better resolution cameras for when you’re backing up. If that matters to you, splurge a little for the 2018 model.