• Nov 26, 2007
click above image to view eBay Motors auction ('First 888 G8' model NOT shown)

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.

Thanks for the tip, Ryan!

[Source: eBay]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Tough (and misinformed) crowd this morning.

      Every hotly anticipated car is marked up by dealers when it's released. It's not unique to GM or American cars. It's a free market and people are free to pay what the dealer asks, negotiate or walk.

      I picked up my 06 GTO after that madness and got it for under MSRP. Those who will wait will pay less, and get the better deal as always.

      With the money saved you can buy a Commodore hood and front fascia from JHP. You could also get the 20" wheels off the G8 show car from them as well.

      The manual is coming for 2009, and hopefully more of the wilder Commodore colors like metallic yellow, green, and metallic purple to compliment this cool blue they offer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd be interested, but too bad the first 888 are going to be automatics. Come on Pontiac, get with the ball and make the manual an option soon!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A truly enterprising dealer would wait until August 8th next year to do this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Quite honestly, when I first saw the picture, I thought it was a Grand Am from the early 1990's. Partially because of the color (bluish-purple?!) and partially because of the grill. I don't know much about the car, but it really didn't give me a good first impression.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      idiot dealers...

      in a couple months, you can have your own auction on ebay as a G8 buyer to see which dealer will pay YOU to take it off his hands!! look at all the brand spanking new 06 GTO's with 400hp still rotting on dealer lots.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pontiac is afraid the G8 might suffer the same fate as the GTO. Consumers are unfamiliar with Holden, but the G8 should sell considerably better. The GTO was a great performance package, but the style didn't resemble the Goat. The 2008 Malibu has already exceeded sales projections, the G8 should be a home run also. Pontiac would benefit from domestic production of these great RWD cars. The G8, Ute and wagon will give Pontiac a much needed boost, if production can keep up. The low dollar value could force these cars to be overpriced, in order to make a profit. Importing from Australia doesn't make cents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow!! The right to own yet another suburban hill-billy sedan put out by GM sign me up! Maybe in a couple of years I can put it on ebay for twice its worth and hope some sort of nascar/gn diehard fan see's it and takes it off my hand's when i can't afford the gas to run it anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A G8 in a purple silk jacket. Someone just didn't get the memo that this is a RWD V8. Sad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its BS like this that pretty much killed the 04 GTO (and it never recovered in 05 and 06). I know, I was one of the first to "order"one at MSRP and one of the last to receive one. Lutz better get on these idiots now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would feel like a dork if I paid the asinine dealer mark-up on this vehicle when it will only find it's way into Car rental fleets soon after it's release....

      blah!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's purple.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Color code PN0 - Purple Nurple
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, I sent this piece of info to you folks too!
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