The Dodge Charger Hellcat has been compared to Tesla’s P85D as an alternate “world’s fastest” sedan, and while that is one point of contention, there’s also a stark contrast in sales practices over the electric versus gas-powered muscle cars.
While Tesla has fought for its factory direct sales model as a more ethical way, a “handful” of Dodge dealers may be proving Tesla’s case and Fiat-Chrysler is taking the unusual step of warning its customers against its own franchised dealers.
In short, FCA’s allocation system for the 707-horsepower Charger Hellcat and Challenger Hellcat is finite, but some dealers are taking orders and even non-refundable deposits just to secure a sale.
FCA has said certain Dodge dealers may even be breaking the law in taking 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.”
On its blog, the automaker spells out how its allocation system works, saying most dealers understand and abide by the rules while making clear some are not doing so.