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FCA warns Hellcat buyers about dealer scams

by Drew Johnson

Some dealers are not being totally honest about Hellcat deliveries.

When any high-demand, low-volume automobile hits the market, you can almost guarantee some form of dealer gouging. The Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models are no exception, with parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issuing a new warning to potential buyers about unscrupulous dealers.

According to FCA, the vast majority of its Dodge dealers are handling the limited rollout of the twin Hellcat models very well, but there have been a few bad apples. According to the automaker, some dealers "have accepted large numbers of SRT Hellcat orders without regard to available supply and without advising their customers that orders may not be filled, if at all, for many months or longer.”

Worse yet, those dealers appear to be taking deposits for cars that may never materialize. FCA says the violations are serious enough that they might constitute a breach of the Dealer's Sales and Service Agreement.

In order to help avoid any conflicts, FCA released a scheduling chart to explain how Hellcats are distributed. The rules basically state that any dealer with a Hellcat in stock can't order any additional units, even if it's for a customer order. Eligible dealers are also limited to one Hellcat per month (either a Charger or Challenger, not both), so any given dealer can only sell 12 Hellcats per year.

Bottom line, if you're in the market for a Charger or Challenger Hellcat, make sure to ask plenty of questions before plunking down your hard-earned cash.

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