ORDERED: Here’s Why I Ordered The 2023 Chrysler 300C Through A Dodge Charger!

In September, I was at the Chrysler 300C Limited Edition 2023 unveiling in downtown Detroit at the Detroit Auto Show. Just before the event began, Chrysler.com was updated to take reservations for the new limited edition 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI V8-powered sports sedan.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

I had already decided (and also got the wife’s permission) that when Dodge opened its order banks for 2023, I would order one of the last Dodge Charger Scat Pack models. It had only been a few weeks since the Dodge Speed ​​Weeks event at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, and after seeing two of my favorite colors return (Sublime and Destroyer Gray), I knew this was the last. chance would be to order my favorite car exactly the way I wanted it.

As I sat there for the unveiling of the 300C, I started looking at the $55,000 price tag and associated equipment. Just as the official countdown for the event started, I quickly flipped through my phone and priced a similar 2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack. To my surprise, the charger ended up costing over $66,000 and that was for the 2022 model. So in the end, the 300C Limited Edition seemed too good to be true.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

Now I’ve always had a special connection to the current Charger, because I’ve had them in the past. But as I thought about the 300, I realized it seems like everyone has a Challenger or Charger Scat Pack in Metro Detroit and I wanted something that would stand out compared to everything else on Woodward. So I immediately pulled the trigger and reserved a 300C just before the reveal went live.

The reservation process was easy. All I had to do was pick a color and choose which dealer I would do business with.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

While I wasn’t really happy with any of the three color choices on the 300C (I would have liked to see more red (TorRed), white and blue (IndiGo or Frostbite) options to match the heritage-inspired 300C logo, or even granite or ceramic gray ), but in the end I chose Bright White.

The next day, the dealer I selected (St. Clair Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in St. Clair, Michigan) called me to ask for my reservation. I told them the Chrysler concierge hadn’t contacted me yet and they told me to let them know when I got a call.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

Chrysler stated during the unveiling that a concierge would contact reservation holders within 48 hours. However, it took about four days for the concierge to contact me. Finally I got the call at about 9pm with the concierge asking me if I wanted to proceed with the order and confirm my color and dealer choices. He then immediately sent me a link to my personal email on how to send my $300 deposit via PayPal and secure my reservation.

Within a few days, my dealer contacted me with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a Vehicle Order Number (VON). The VON allowed me to go to the Chrysler tracking site and enter my information, which allowed me to track the process of my order.

Now it’s just a waiting game. The first batch of 2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Editions is expected to go into production in February at the Brampton assembly plant in suburban Toronto. So I think it will be at least March or early April before my car is delivered. That’s a good thing, because I really don’t want to take the car home in the winter in Michigan.

Since I placed my order, I discovered a Facebook group especially for those who have confirmed orders for the car. At the time of writing this article, there are about 90 members in the group and it was quite interesting to hear from the others what colors and where the cars will go once they are built.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

So far I am impressed with the whole experience. Although the allotment of 2,200 units (2,000 for the US and 200 for Canada) sold out within 12 hours of its debut, Chrysler took more reservations and created a waiting list. Rather than see the additional demand for the cars and just build more (similar to what Dodge did with the 2021 Durango SRT HELLCAT), Chrysler has stuck with its guns and refused to produce any more 300Cs.

The reservation waiting list was created to ensure Chrysler could fill the allotment if someone withdraws from an order. Last week, Chrysler announced that its reservation list was no longer taking names. This tells me there is enough demand and the automaker has enough customers queuing up to take canceled orders.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

Dealers may only be assigned to one of the cars if a customer has reserved one through Chrysler and completed the ordering process. The customer has up to D1 status (planned production with available parts) to cancel his order. At that point, the assignment goes elsewhere and the dealer doesn’t get the vehicle.

A simple process and a much better option for the customer, compared to the new Dodge ‘Horsepower Locator’, which requires you to find the vehicle you want and negotiate with a dealer. Which could easily put an adjusted market price increase on the car.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Edition in bright white. (Mopar Insiders).

Knowing that only 2,000 units will be produced for the US helps validate my decision to buy the Chrysler over a Dodge. In 2021, Dodge actually produced 2,027 Charger SRT HELLCAT Redeyes. So your chances of seeing one of the 797 horsepower sedans are about the same as seeing one of the Chryslers.

And while the 300C Limited Edition may seem a little bland compared to the Charger embellishing more of the classic sleeper look, the only thing I wondered about is what to do when I got the car home. Do I keep the 300C Limited Edition as good as stock and embrace the 300C for what it is or convert it into an export Chrysler 300 SRT? But that preservation is for another time.

Overall, I think the last true HEMI-powered Chrysler is probably the greatest combination of value and power in 2023. It really harks back to the Chrysler brand’s formula of ‘blue collar luxury’!

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