• Dec 29, 2009
You've seen the dealer commercials before. "Now is the time to buy.... year end sale!" Well, if you want the Pontiac or Saturn of your dreams, this really is the best ever time to deal because it's literally the last chance to get a new vehicle from these brands. The Wall Street Journal reports that General Motors is offering dealers $7,000 in cash for each new Saturn or Pontiac model sold until the deal ends January 4. Edmunds reportedly told the WSJ that it expects GM will have about 4,200 Saturn and Pontiac models by January 1.

That $7,000 in cash goes straight to dealers, meaning that a dealer can give you all or only some of the $7,000 off the vehicle if they so choose. But if you do get the entire $7,000 rebate, it could amount to 46 percent off the price of a new Pontiac G3 – you know, if driving a rebadged Chevrolet Aveo is your idea of excitement. But hey, how many new cars can you buy for $8,000 outside of India? A more compelling deal could be $7,000 off the price of a Saturn Astra. Getting a brand-new Astra with tons of options and a $13,000 price tag could be considered a steal.

The catch to the sale is that the vehicle will be sold as used since dealers will officially be the first owners of the vehicle. That could effect customers' ability to purchase a new vehicle with a GM employee or supplier discount, but in the majority of cases, the $7,000 would likely be the better deal. Hat tip to Keerthi!

[Source: The Wall Street Journal | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe some 2nd-tier car-rental company will come in and swoop all the Auras. When you go rent a car from them they promise you a mid-size sedan and put a Malibu with a disclaimer "or similar". I would like to see the shock of the renter who winds up with an Aura as the "mid-size similar".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would they be shocked? That is a similar car. More similar than most other "similar" vehicles no less.

        In fact, the Aura offered the 3.5L V6 to consumers while that engine was relegated to fleet orders only in the Malibu. So it actually seems soemwhat fitting that the Aura would be used for fleet duty, especially if most of those models left are 4cyl or the 3.5L.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You seem to think that the person renting the car would notice a difference between a Malibu and an Aura...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So sad. In less than 48 years Pontiac and Saturn are headed to the great scrapyard in the sky. RIP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All the good models are gone by now since the dying brands have been offering huge discounts for a while now. So no skys, no g8s, g6s will be scarce, and g5s and astras are a lot more appealing when they sell under sticker price. So if you like g3s now is the time to buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can someone explain to me how G3 was suppose to do anything but kill Pontiac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Getting a brand-new Astra with tons of options and a $13,000 price tag could be considered a steal."

      That's /very/ tempting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good lucking finding one. Same with the Sky.

        I just checked dealers in my area and it seems they just have Auras left.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the Astra 5-door. Shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      G8 ?? (my guess is "no")
        • 5 Years Ago
        None left.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually there is plenty of G8s left as of Nov 11 09: not surprising since it is terrible car re badged from Australia.
        http://www.egmcartech.com/2009/11/11/pontiac-lists-remaining-inventory-only-16-pontiac-g8-gxp-left/

        Pontiac G8 GXP: 16
        Pontiac G8 GT
        : 570
        Pontiac G5: 1500
        Pontiac Torrent: 400
        Pontiac Solstice Coupe: 139
        Pontiac Solstice Coupe GXP: 160
        Pontiac Vibe: 350
        Pontiac G6 GXP: 530

        • 5 Years Ago
        Well G8 would be difficult to fix and find replacement parts for, but what about that Outlook, since it is sold as Acadia and Traverse replacement parts should not be an issue,.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aznauto...

      You're kidding, right? There are 2-3 G8 GXP's left nationwide, approximately 45 GT's, and so forth. Inventory numbers from many months ago are not valid, by any means.

      At this point, $7k or not, good deal regardless. Selection has been chewed through and what's left is what's left, and still a great deal if you can find one of something, especially if it be a rare bird a-la G8, Astra, and so forth.

      And to another one...this is different than usual year end deals because of the sold to dealer then sold as used, for the extra cash, factor. Not just year end rebates as currently existed on these same vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      picked up a new/used fully loaded Astra this weekend for 15k. Such a steal. There is one left in LA for 13K (3 door manual leather, etc) new/used with 300 miles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are already unofficially doing it for Saab also.
      The 9-3s have been on sale in the Detroit News for months now for just under $20,000 and this week they are down to just below $18,000 now brand new.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now that would be nice...a 9-3 Aero SportCombi with 6-speed manual. MMMM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      >> "That could effect customers' ability"

      "Effect" should be "affect" ;-)

      -Your friendly part-time grammar n a z i
      • 5 Years Ago
      so now all you people who have been dying to buy your dream G3 can go buy them!!!???

      G3 could possibly be worse than the Aztec?
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