Frequently Asked Questions
How does one buy a Callaway Corvette?
Callaway Cars Inc. has established Callaway Authorized Dealers across the US and Canada. Usually, the buyer calls Callaway Cars and speaks with a Callaway Specialist first to discuss the purchase. If he or she purchases from their local Authorized Callaway Dealer, the buyer would make all of the purchase arrangements, including financing, with that dealer. If there is no Authorized Callaway Dealer nearby, the Corvette can be purchased from any local Chevrolet dealer and the buyer would purchase the Callaway package and options directly from Callaway Cars. When the dealer places the order with GM, he will include the Callaway drop ship. Then, once the new Corvette is built, it is shipped via GM transporter from Chevrolet’s Bowling Green assembly plant to Callaway Cars’ Connecticut or California factory. The new owner can take delivery at the Chevrolet dealer, at either Callaway factory, or at his or her home or business.
Does the optional Callaway exhaust system have two modes, like the factory optional exhaust system?
No. The Callaway exhaust system is designed for high exhaust gas flow rate and does not require a separate flow path to affect the sound level. The Callaway system’s flow rate is higher than the OEM dual-mode exhaust system’s flow rate, even when it is in “open” mode. We advise the buyer to avoid ordering the OEM RPO NPP “Performance Exhaust” option if the car is to become a Callaway Corvette.
Can a buyer get a better price on a new Callaway Corvette by shopping around?
As part of the Authorized Callaway Retailer Agreement, Dealers have agreed to charge the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for all Callaway packages and optional equipment. Consequently, Callaway package prices and option prices are not negotiable and no dealer will sell Callaway packages and optional equipment at a lower price than any other dealer. Also, Callaway-direct pricing is the same as Callaway Authorized Dealer MSRP.
Do Corvettes have to be shipped to California or Connecticut for conversion?
All genuine Callaway Corvettes are built in Old Lyme Connecticut and Temecula California. Then they are then shipped to Callaway Authorized Chevrolet Dealers for sale. However, buyers that are located in any area not serviced by Authorized Callaway Dealers can have Corvettes shipped to the Callaway facility in California or Connecticut for conversion. After completion, they are returned to the dealer for delivery or shipped directly to the vehicle’s purchaser. We assist with shipping cars and trucks as we have preferred freight arrangements through our enclosed transportation partner, Plycar.
Are Callaway Corvettes built in Europe?
Currently, Callaway Competition in Leingarten Germany does not build road cars. Their focus is constructing GT race cars and has been given exclusive authorization by Chevrolet to build Corvette C7 GT3-R race cars for competition worldwide, except for racing in North America.
What happens to the stock parts that Callaway removes?
Callaway Dealers prefer not to handle the “take-off parts”. Consequently, Callaway’s prices were established assuming that the take-off parts would not be returned to the dealer or retail purchaser. If the car’s owner wants some or all of the take-off parts, Callaway can provide their purchase prices.
If someone already owns a Corvette, can they still make it a Callaway Corvette?
There are certain criteria that used Corvettes must meet in order to be considered for conversion to Callaway Corvette. First, the Corvette must be of the current or previous model year and completely stock, just like it rolled off the assembly line. Second, the Corvette must be completely free from any damage or defects. Third, while there is no specific odometer reading limitation, the Corvette must be as-new mechanically. That means, at Callaway’s discretion, testing may be required (at the owner’s expense) to determine the condition of the car’s engine before proceeding with conversion work.
How does Callaway develop its horsepower rating? Engine dyno or rear wheel?
To establish advertised power ratings, peak horsepower and torque are recorded during final testing of Callaway’s production prototype packages in the SuperFlow engine dynamometer cell at Callaway’s Connecticut facility. This testing is performed using the same processes and data correction procedures as used by GM, per SAE specification. Consequently, Callaway horsepower and torque can be compared directly power ratings advertised by GM or other manufacturers.
How does the Callaway Warranty work?
The Callaway Limited Warranty is provided as standard equipment and covers all of the Callaway-installed components and most GM original equipment powertrain components. It “overlaps” the GM factory warranty. The term of the Callaway Warranty is 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. An optional 5 year/60,000 mile Callaway Powertrain Service Contract is also available.
Is the GM warranty voided when someone buys a Callaway?
No, the GM warranty is not voided. All non-powertrain-related parts are still covered by GM. If the problem is powertrain-related, Callaway works with the GM Dealer to determine the root cause. If the problem was caused by a defective GM component, and the affected components are covered by the GM powertrain warranty, then GM reimburses the dealership. If the problem was caused by a Callaway product defect and the affected components are covered by the Callaway Extended Powertrain Service Contract, then Callaway reimburses the dealership. In all cases, Callaway works directly with the dealership, the car’s owner is not involved.
Which powertrain parts are covered and which are not under the Callaway Limited Warranty and the Callaway Powertrain Service Contract?
Most powertrain parts are covered by either GM or Callaway. Powertrain parts that are not covered by Callaway are listed in the Limited Warranty and Extended Powertrain Service Contract documents. These documents are available in the Callaway Cars website: Warranty Document and Extended Powertrain Service Contract
Does the Callaway Corvette have to go back to a Callaway factory for warranty or service?
Service and warranty repairs should be performed by the local Authorized Callaway Dealer. These Dealers employ specially trained staff. However, we realize that returning to an Authorized Callaway Dealer may not be possible or practical. Consequently, the car may be brought to any Chevrolet dealer for maintenance or service. Most maintenance and service is performed as per Chevrolet’s prescribed original equipment procedures. However, when bringing the car to a “non-authorized” Chevrolet dealer, we ask the owner to instruct the Service Writer to contact Callaway before any diagnostics, service or repair is performed. Then Callaway will be able to supply the dealer with technical assistance, replacement parts, or warranty reimbursement.
Can owners do their own oil changes and other maintenance?
Yes. Callaway does not restrict owners from performing their own maintenance. However, all Callaway Corvette warranty repairs must be performed by Chevrolet dealerships. If owners perform their own maintenance and a warranty-related issue should arise, they may be asked to provide receipts and other maintenance records. The use of GM-approved oils, fluids, and service parts is required. We recommend following the severe service schedule for maintenance provided in the Chevrolet Corvette owners manual.
Do I get a free loaner or a rental car allowance if I have to leave my Callaway at the dealership?
No. Neither a free loaner vehicle nor rental car allowance is provided by the standard Callaway 3 Year/36,000 Mile Limited Warranty or by the optional Callaway 5 Year/60,000 Mile Powertrain Service Contract.
If headers are installed, if the supercharger is somehow modified, or if the ECM is re-tuned, is the Callaway Limited Warranty or Extended Powertrain Service Contract void?
Yes, if any modifications which defeat or tamper with the operation of vehicle emissions systems are made, or components or programming that affect Callaway product specifications are modified or added, the Callaway Limited Warranty and Extended Powertrain Service Contract become null and void. All Callaway Corvettes are 50-state emission-compliant, meeting federal and state emissions regulations.
When does the term of the Callaway Extended Powertrain Service Contract start and end?
The start date of the Powertrain Service Contract is the Chevrolet Corvette’s in-service date. The start mileage is the odometer reading indicated at delivery. The Callaway Powertrain Service Contract expires on the same day of the sixtieth month after the in-service date, or the in-service mileage plus 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
Is the Callaway Extended Powertrain Service Contract transferable?
Yes, the Extended Powertrain Service Contract is transferable to subsequent owners by applying to Callaway for assignment within thirty (30) days of change in vehicle ownership. Transfer fee, transfer form and complete procedure are available from Callaway upon request. Callaway will recognize the owner of record in the GM vehicle data system as the owner entitled to Service Contract benefits. If the Extended Powertrain Service Contract has been transferred, the GM owner of record data must match the assignee data on file at Callaway.