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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-27-2007, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Right to buy a 'First 888 G8' from Pontiac dealer

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As consumers and perpetual car shoppers, we're always irked to hear of dealers marking up the price on whatever new hotness hits their showroom floor. While the upcoming Pontiac G8 sedan won't create the same chaos as, say, the Chevy Camaro or Dodge Challenger, it will be a highly sought after model right out of the gate. While we expect many dealers to jack up the G8's very reasonable MSRP as soon as it arrives, we can't blame this Columbus, OH dealer who is auctioning off the right to buy his lone allotted Pontiac G8. And it's not just any G8, it'll be one of the first 888 G8 sedans. That really means nothing, though, as this first batch of cars will only be set apart by a small interior logo that reads "G8 First 888". But if you're an early adopter, that might mean something.

To be clear, this auction on eBay Motors is just for the privilege of buying this dealer's only Pontiac G8. The auction starts at $500 and hasn't attracted any bidders yet, but we imagine it will. The dealer does stipulate that the winner will pay MSRP for the car and nothing more, so if you're able to outlast other interested parties to win the auction, you may end up paying less overall for your G8 than someone buying directly from the dealer and dealing with markups. Or, you could just wait a few months for production to ramp up and availability to increase, which will happen eventually. The G8 is not a niche vehicle for Pontiac, as we suspect the brand plans to import as many from Oz as the Australians can build.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-09-2007, 03:08 PM
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A little clarification of the autoblog for those just tuning in. The first 888 program is 888 specially badged G8s in mixed trim appointments, allocated to the largest 700 or so Pontiac dealers above and beyond their regular allocation for 2008 model year. No dealer would get a lone "888" as their only G8, in fact every dealer will get to "tag" at the very least, one 2008 G8. Any dealer thus getting a "888" will also receive more. A dealer may forgo their "888" if, for example they are low on the pecking order and the pickings become slim as units are tagged (these cars are all produced and pre-packeded - no special orders) and they have doubts about selling what is available. Giving up a "888" does not give them any additional allocation, nor does it subtract.

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