Oracle of Delphi

If GM ceases to exist, what will your next vehicle be?

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Title says it all, but if GM should go Chapter 7 and go totally out of business, what vehicle will you buy next? Have you thought about it at all yet?

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i'll prolly buy used for a while. there is nothing on the market that says buy me right now. im thinking 96 impala or 87 t-type. of course going onlder wouldnt be a problem either...

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If it 'had' to be new and GM wasn't building? Ford product most likely, probably Lincoln. Or a European make, BMW, VW/Audi... something like that.

I'd probably stick with a 'gently used' GM though. If GM goes under completely, low mile used GM's will be dirt cheap and could keep me going for more than a few years. ;)

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Used GM: Malibu, DTS

Ford: Taurus, Taurus X, Edge, Town Car

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Used GMs.

If you're talking new, I'd end up with a Mercury or Lincoln.

The AWD loaded Milan is a screaming deal for what you get.

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On my list would be:

First and foremost:

  • '00-02 Trans Am, WS6, or Firehawk
  • '00-02 Camaro SS
  • C5
  • '03-04 Cobra

But just maybe...

  • '06-07 STi
  • C6
  • 350/370Z
  • G35 Coupe
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I'd rather weld patch panels and rebuild engines for old Chevy trucks for the rest of my life than buy a new non-GM product (which is what I plan on doing anyways).

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I just hope we dont have to buy a new vehicle for a long, long time.

But if things work out, it'll be a Mustang convertible.

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Well i guess if GM went under i'd be forced to get a Challenger or Mustang. =(

I wouldn't mind being 'forced' into either of those vehicles. 8)

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If Saab can find a new owner and deliver a small car, that'll be my 1st choice... but the way things are shaping up I'll probably stick with MINI...

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Taurus SHO. (that was going to be my next vehicle anyway)

I'm considering a CTS for the wife, but if it's no longer made, then probably a Fusion Sport or Mazda6.

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I have to say, in Chapter 7, someone would buy Cadillac and someone would by Chevy.

As long as that someone isn't Toyota, I would probably still buy one of those two..... even if it were Hyundai. I have to begrudgingly admit that their hardware lately has been impressive.

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If Chrysler is still around, that, since my first new car would be Challenger anyway. :P

If neither, than either a Ford product, a Nissan product, a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, or maybe a VW CC (I love those).

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If GM does declare Chapter 7 Bankrupcy, what happens to the inventory that is already on dealer's lots? Does it get sold off to pay GM's creditors? If yes, does it have to be auction-style? Can you imagine the immense size of these auctions, where a specific area in a large city (take Philly for example, they could use the Philadelphia Race Track & Casino) hosts an auction? I wonder if prices would be low, say a $35,000 vehicle selling for $20,000??? BTW, in no way or form do I wish for this to happen. I'm just posting a "what if" scenario.

As for me, if GM declared Chapter 7 and each dealer had to sell off their inventory ASAP to raise cash for GM, I would definitely look into a 2009 GMC Sierra SLE 1500 Crew Cab 4WD or 2009 Pontiac G8 GT Sedan. Then I'll be driving either one for a LONG time. However, if GM closes and I can't get a new GM vehicle, then the wife gets to pick out something new (whatever she wants and we can afford) and I'll take her '08 Pontiac G6 V6 Sedan and drive it for a LONG time.

And what happens to all of the lease contracts (GMAC SmartLease vehicles) still in existance if GM goes belly-up??? Will someone come collect my car in the middle of the night??? :mind-blowing:

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Hmmm.... new--Ford (Mustang GT), a Dodge Challenger, a Jeep (another Grand Cherokee), or used Lincolns, Mercedes or BMWs, probably. The GMs I'm most interested in are the CTS, Camaro and G8.

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I would probably continue to enjoy the old GM stock.

If my SO insisted on a new car in GM's absence, it would likely be a BMW 6 series coupe. Maybe a big coupe Mercedes. The Challenger would also be on the short list.

To be honest, though, I'm not sure that a GM purchase is in the cards, even if GM survives... as the vehicles GM produces today are less and less desirable. It was a big shock to me to not be able to sit in the front passenger seat of the G8.

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Used GM's of course...

But, besides that;

1) Ford or 2) Chrysler...

As far as imports go... I could see myself in a BMW or maybe an Audi... A friend of mine (who wanted a CTS coupe, until they delayed it) just bought a new S5. Very sexy car!!!

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As for me, it will be BMW. I have lusted after those cars since I was a boy in West Germany ...

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