Let's be honest - you want a used Corvette because it's sexy and fun. For as long as it's been on America's roadways, this iconic sports car been about blazing speed and sculpted good looks. Recent generations have only gotten more luxurious, too, with greater ride refinement and interior quality.
The Corvette Evolution
With so much variation from model year to model year, used shoppers must take each used Corvette's unique attributes into account. Here, then, is a quick look at how these sport coupes have changed over the years and why you might want to shop one generation over another.
Used Chevrolet Corvette C8: 2019-Current
When the eighth-generation Corvette first appeared on the scene, it almost seemed as if these sports cars couldn't get much better. By then, the Corvette was an icon of speed, interior luxury, and even ride refinement. But Chevy pulled out all the stops, introducing a 755-horsepower Corvette ZL1 - a speed-demon model to satisfy drivers who want to look good as they streak through highway traffic.
Used Chevrolet Corvette C7: 2014-2018
Like previous Corvettes, these sports cars were built for speed, providing thrilling performance with their V8 engines. However, they differed from previous models with their new luxury bent. Inside, you'll find cutting-edge infotainment technology and upscale style, including leather upholstery that comes standard on every model. Performance enhancements also bring greater ride refinement, so tours up and down the coast have never felt better.
Used Chevrolet Corvette C6: 2005-2013
The sixth-generation Corvette adds to the roster with performance enhancements, solid build quality, and modern styling. The 2007 Corvette, for example, came with bigger brakes and offered a tasteful new two-tone leather interior. The C6 generation's initial 6.0-liter V8 engine cranked out 400 horsepower for true tire-burning speed. The 2013 Corvette Z06 boosted output to 505 horses, upgrading your ride with premium power.
Used Buyers Beware
In recent years, there haven't been any lemons in the Corvette crop. But that doesn't mean that previous owners haven't done a number on a particular used model. Before you sign on the dotted line, give the Corvette body, frame, and birdcage the once-over.
Check a used Corvette frame for signs of rust - especially above the rear axle, where the wheels may have kicked up rust-inducing salt over the years. On the body, look to see whether the front clip and composite body panels are the originals and not aftermarket replacements. Look to see whether these parts are cracked or damaged in any way. Finally, the body panels that attach to the Corvette's metal frame - the birdcage - can actually rust, so you'll want to get under the car with a flashlight and make sure these panels are in good condition.
Repairing any of these parts will cost you. That's why you want to check them out beforehand, so you can deduct the cost of repairs from the cost of a buying used Chevrolet Corvette or simply move on to a model that's in better condition.