It can be frustrating on a Z06 because the car is hard to find and there is seemingly more demand than supply. That always works against the buyer. However, it is also a matter of market timing, economic conditions and location. Sometimes things can be more in favor of the buyer. None the least of which is not having to compete against other buyers for the same vehicle.
It's like buying a house. The real estate market can often be what is known as a "seller's market". I think that is a lot like what we are seeing with the Z06.
Also, as "used" Z06s get put up for sale, this should help to keep prices down a bit.
Up until now though there just have not been very many cars for sale, new or used, and too many people trying to buy them. In short too much competition and the dealers are taking advantage of us.
Here in N. CA, as Jerboa said, dealers are really gouging us big time. I'm glad to see that there are a few of us going out of state to buy these cars. It's a bit more
of a hassle, but it serves our local dealer right to be aced out of the sales. Greedy
dealers, IMHO, should not be rewarded by us having to pay such high markups over MSRP.
The Z06 is a great car and even at marked up prices can still be considered a lot of B4B given other cars with any where near as much performance.
Probably, the best bet right now at the new model year transition point, is finding a leftover 2001. Maybe haggling will get you
a discount under MSRP but such "deals" are
still not so easy to find. You'll have to invest a lot of time and energy into the effort to find a "good deal".