• Aug 21, 2006
It seems no dealer communication is safe these days, as Jalopnik came across a communiqué from General Motors to its dealer bodies that explains the company will no longer reimburse dealers for a full tank of gas upon delivery. Instead, GM will give dealerships $20 for cars and $30 for trucks. You can do the math, but these days $20 will get you 6.67 gallons of 3$/gallon gas and $30 will score 10 gallons. Though dealers will be expected to pick up the tab for the difference initially, one can see a time fast approaching where consumers will be paying for part or all of their first tank of gasoline.
Follow the jump for a breakdown list of what GM considers a car and a truck in its fleet. For example, the truck-based SSR is considered a car and the car-based HHR is considered a truck. The truck column is about half trucks and body-on-frame SUVs, and half unibody SUVs and CUVs.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      GM vehicles = Epson printers...

      Sh*tty plastic boxes that come with deceptively empty fuel/ink tanks when you buy them.

      *j*
      • 8 Years Ago
      And you have to pay for matches when you buy cigarettes. And ketchup.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ummm...this article is about what GM will reimburse it's dealers for. What the f**k does it have to do with whether or not your dealer actually gives it to you. Reflects bad on GM, sure, but not their fault. Toyota has shady dealers too. By the way, Toyota and Honda have a set rate at which they reimburse their dealers for gas too and it's right around those numbers. So GM matches what Toyota already does and they get ridiculed?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Honda has a policy of delivering new cars with full gas tanks. My Accord, purchased from San Francisco Honda 3 years ago, was delivered with a full tank of gas.

      When I later received a questionnaire from Honda about my car and the delivery experience, I was asked specifically in the gas tank was full.

      I think Honda dealers are graded on things like this. No surprise that Hondas are popular and many owners are repeat buyers.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Neff your a A-hole, your always talking crap about GM
      There is no law that says any carmaker is to supply the gas and it is up to the dealer to make their minds up as what they give their customers and another when cars in repair are test driven and GM pays for the gas used.
      This has nothing to do with GM and as your norm hyping it as such.
      Who the F wants a new car that dealer to make the most profit puts in the cheapest gas they can in a new engine

      Grow up your bised so called blog writer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      DCX already does this. I asked the dealer if they made a mistake and forget to fill the tank and they said they never do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you're too cheap to buy your own gas, what the heck are you doing browsing for a new car?!

      Grow up you whiners.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "That's because the SSR has a small car-sized gas tank, while the HHR has a truck-sized tank (16 Gal.)"

      Gee, then my Mazda6 should be considered a truck with its 18 gallon gas tank.

      BTW, I got a free complimentary tank of Gas from my dealer (18 gallons worth) when i bought it 3 years ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, when I bought my lawn mower from Sears, I expected to have a full tank of gas. I also feel shifted by Home Depot when my gas generator was not full either, come to think about, that go cart I got from COSTCO, didn't have any gas in it... Hummm

      Get the point.... They're automakers, not gas suppliers, you're buying you car from a dealership, not from GM!! Once a dealership purchases a vehicle, there should be a basic, whatever point, check done on the car. That includes fluids..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, my Chevy came with a full tank of gas, although I didn't really expect it to. What really surprised me was that when I took it in for a warranty repair, I handed it over with about a quarter of a tank of gas, and got it back full. If I do have enough money to buy a new Camaro when they come out, I know which dealer I'm going to.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Despite all the new ways of buying cars for the lowest price through internet pricing (or the Edmunds.com way), one thing I still expect whenever I buy a new car is for it to come with a full tank of gas. Ok, I just *know* the dealer will put cheap 87 in (even for a car that recommends super unleaded) but gas is gas. But geez...for them to fill the tank only 1/2 or 1/3 of the way - thats being a real cheapskate.

      I'm sure the dealers will find a way to make up the cost, with bunch of "documentation fees" or "prep fees" and such.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I assure you that I WILL NEVER PAY FOR A TANK OF GAS when I buy a new vehicle. I just bought a Honda Pilot $7,000 below msrp and it still had a full tank of gas.
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