Buickman: New GM's Incentives Are Nuts. Again. Still. Only More So. Again.

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
buickman new gm s incentives are nuts again still only more so again

Buickman writes:

Well, we called it . . . new incentive sheets this morning, and already they are being corrected because GM’s own website verification software is wrong.

Check out this email from GM to dealers . . .

“Please be advised that the new Employee Bonus Cash was NOT intended to be compatible with the outboarded APR’s. We are now in the process of getting this corrected to make it not compatible with outboarded APR. Please advise that currently VIN Lookup shows that the two are compatible, however they are in fact not. A formal communication is forthcoming, but wanted to pass this along as I’ve already had a few inquiries.”

Imagine you called a customer when the sheets came out; by the time they arrived at the store, you had to explain that the deal wasn’t available.

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  • Shaker Shaker on Jul 19, 2009

    I took my driver's test in my grandpap's '71 Nova, identical to the one shown. Well, nearly; I'm not sure the state cop would have passed me with the 'skull-and-bones' decal. After the road test, he asked me "Which hand do you hold your Pepsi in when you drive?" I dutifully answered: "Neither, Sir! You should keep both hands on the steering wheel." "OK... you passed" If he could only have foreseen my future antics - he would have arrested me on the spot... Oh, and the rebate situation, dealer cull scenario, etc. will have many potential GM buyers hanging back until it's all sorted out - which will not bode well for a company on life support.

  • Raymond Hieber Raymond Hieber on Jul 19, 2009
    Would ANYONE who is looking at a Pontiac even consider a BMW or vice versa? 95% equivalent of a 5-series at under half the price (after discounts)? Those of us who dream of a 5-series, not because of the badge, but because of the driving dynamics, drool over this prospect. I look forward to buying a used G8 V8 (in either flavor) in 1-2 years. A 2-3 year old car the price of a 5-8+ year old 5 series? Even better for me. I'm not a fan of GM, but an exceptional car regardless of the brand, even a dead one, warrants interest.
  • Autobahner44 Autobahner44 on Jul 19, 2009

    Love the irony of the "Deathproof" still...

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Jul 25, 2009

    How many "second chances" does GM think they have left with the average consumer??? I can't bring myself to consider even a used GM product. I would likely look at the Astra or one of the Holden products badged as Pontiacs. But could I even get parts for them ten years down the road? That's how long I keep cars. What would it be worth if I couldn't get parts easily or at a reasonable price? Sort of like buying a Puegeot? No wait - at least I could still import the Frech parts from somewhere. With the GM imports the products may be dead as of this year or next and I can't rely on the aftermarket.