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    Who has done their own PDI?

    So, I've decided that my next ordered car will not even be touched by the dealer before I do. However, a PDI isn't simply taking the white wraps off and the plastic bags off in the interior.

    For those that have asked their cars not have the PDI done, have you went with a 'nothing at all' approach or did you let them do the PDI except the interior/exterior de-wrapping bits? That's mostly what I'm interested in. I'd rather not drive it 30miles and find out it's low on fluids or the turn signals don't work. On the other hand, complex instruction is simply an opportunity to screw something up.

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    How about they don't do the PDI until ur there.

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    Yeah, I'd get hunky dory with the salesman and techs there and ask to watch and have explained everything they do...

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    Re: Who has done their own PDI?

    I'm mostly afraid they're going to run this thing through the automatic car scratcher/washer. The 'unwrapping' is mostly just for me so I can pretend it's Christmas.

    Those are both good ideas though, I'll definitely give it a good ask.

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    Re: Who has done their own PDI?

    Quote Originally Posted by M5eater View Post
    I'm mostly afraid they're going to run this thing through the automatic car scratcher/washer. The 'unwrapping' is mostly just for me so I can pretend it's Christmas.

    Those are both good ideas though, I'll definitely give it a good ask.
    That was my thought initially but I skipped it cause I was so busy at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M5eater
    I'm mostly afraid they're going to run this thing through the automatic car scratcher/washer. The 'unwrapping' is mostly just for me so I can pretend it's Christmas.

    Those are both good ideas though, I'll definitely give it a good ask.
    I hear ya. When I got my V1, it had 2 ghost swirls on the doors. That was the first time I used my Griots polisher and polish.

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    Re: Who has done their own PDI?

    I was very specific in that they were not to unwrap the interior plastic or remove the window stickers except to be able to move the car off the transport. I unwrapped everything myself and kept the plastic covers and adhesives stuck to all the trip pieces. Interesting to read the seat manufacturer's production labels, etc. and all the assembly line decals that were originally placed on it. My salesman even got the transport driver to sign the train documentation while it was enroute by rail. He knew I was crazy! The only thing I was not thrilled with is that when the car arrived it badly needed washing and their detailer was a little heavy handed with the buffer creating some swirl marks on the finish. Fortunately, I was able to buff those out at home with my much more gentle buffer. I did the same with my Z06/Z07 and now have a closet full of bags of plastic covers and decals.

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    If you have confidence in your dealer, let them do their job. I've never had any problem with my Corvettes or V's, and I'm pretty anal at that stage. The only thing to watch for is those tacky dealer logos they'll put on the bottom of the trunk lids, if you don't remind them to leave them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr
    If you have confidence in your dealer, let them do their job. I've never had any problem with my Corvettes or V's, and I'm pretty anal at that stage. The only thing to watch for is those tacky dealer logos they'll put on the bottom of the trunk lids, if you don't remind them to leave them off.

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    When i bought my first vette an 03 Z they had vinyl lettering on the back....so as theyre prepping it I ask the sales guy so what is this thing im buying? He responds its. 2003 corvette Z06 50th anniversary etc.... i cut him off and say so we can both agree its not a F...ing billboard so get that crap off of it and dont mount the front plate bracket leave that in the trunk too.

    The V's prep was pre-empted with the no front plate bracket and NO dealer logos on MY car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr
    If you have confidence in your dealer, let them do their job. I've never had any problem with my Corvettes or V's, and I'm pretty anal at that stage. The only thing to watch for is those tacky dealer logos they'll put on the bottom of the trunk lids, if you don't remind them to leave them off.

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    Yeah, mine was a demo. So it had a nice, big, shiny, chrome Batchelor badge on the trunklid.

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    Re: Who has done their own PDI?

    I was there when they did my PDI, but I trusted the dealer and their lead top tech did the PDI process, so I know it was done right. Even if I wasn't there, I would be ok with them doing the PDI. Washing it was a different story. Their detail guys sucked! Should have had my guy wash the car and wax it with Zaino!

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    Quote Originally Posted by undertaker View Post
    When i bought my first vette an 03 Z they had vinyl lettering on the back....so as theyre prepping it I ask the sales guy so what is this thing im buying? He responds its. 2003 corvette Z06 50th anniversary etc.... i cut him off and say so we can both agree its not a F...ing billboard so get that crap off of it and dont mount the front plate bracket leave that in the trunk too.

    The V's prep was pre-empted with the no front plate bracket and NO dealer logos on MY car.
    that's the other big thing; I have my tow hook license plate holder so I don't want them drilling holes in the front bumper

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    Re: Who has done their own PDI?

    I just said don't wash and don't unwrap. They still did the PDI. My car had 13 miles on it when I picked it up.

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