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As the title states - 2009 GT. I'm the second owner. Car was purchased new in Austin, Texas; I bought it with 76K in Austin, Texas (2016ish)- moved to Dallas in 2018. Car is now still in the Dallas area. Currently sits at 129,xxx miles. I don't drive it much at all right now, maybe once every two weeks.
This car has never left Texas, never seen snow, and hardly seen much rain. The interior has never been dirty or smoked in, garaged nearly it's whole life. Not even a hint of rust or corrosion anywhere on the car. It's a 3rd car for me that I don't need anymore. I've started traveling very heavily for work and I'm rarely home to enjoy it. Maintained meticulously, oil changes, filter changes, etc all done with premium synthetics and in shorter intervals than suggested by the manuals. Paint is glossy, lots of love and care over the years.
Title is clean and in hand.
Car was 100% factory stock when I purchased it, this has been my 3rd G8 as well as 1 SS Sedan and a few LSA Cadillacs. Love my G8's.
Upgrades I've done:
Front suspension - poly strut mounts and FE2 struts. Brembo 4 piston front calipers.
Interior - Maverick Man Carbon dash trim. Holden HSV flat bottom wheel. (I have a mint holden airbag as well, not installed yet; but will come with the car) headliner is perfect, door cards are perfect.
Wheels are Z06; rears are narrower replicas, not the 315 wide OEMs, but 285/295 rears that fit more easily. Holden logo center caps. Tires are practically brand new Yokohamas with less than 1,000 miles on them. I do not have the stock wheels.
Engine - DOD delete cam (APR racing kit) installed in 2020, at roughly 108K miles. The engine is currently whisper quiet at idle, ZERO lifter tick - for an LS engine - I have personally not heard much better. OTR intake as seen in pics, Kooks headers and high-flow cats. Catback is an SS stainless system (more notes about this in the "needs" section below".
Body - LED tail lights (I have stock ones that will go with car), Holden trunk badging. Yes......(sigh), I cut a hole in the front bumper and put a carbon naca duct there; this was intentional, as I initially had a Volant CAI on the car, and the lower snorkel for it sat right behind this inlet - long story, but I've switched to the OTR intake instead, but I like the look of the duct so it stayed. I recently had the front bumper repainted professionally and had the front pontiac badge deleted. The body work has a lifetime warranty, paperwork will go with the car. There was no crash damage, front bumper paint just didn't hold up well over the years. It looks perfect now.
Holden splash guards were installed immediately after I bought the car in 2016.

The bad/needs.
Driver seat has a small 1" tear in the middle (pics coming soon of that), Passenger seat has a repaired split. If I were keeping the car, I'd pick up some SS seats and install them.
Rear speakers need rewired. Fronts work fine.
Front window tint is premium ceramic, but has light scratches from knuckleheaded kids. It's not bad, but far from perfect.
Rear bumper has some scratches right in the middle. I can email close-ups if requested. They don't show up in pics from a few feet away like these.

Overall, this car can be driven cross-country tomorrow without an issue. If you want to fly into DFW I can pick you up and put you in the car.


Price - $17,500 OBO - no rush to sell, but will happily listen to reasonable offers.
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Looks nice, may want to try Cars and Bids, it is free for the seller! Sold my Impala SS in July and got more than on various forums and facebook. Pretty easy, just need a lot of photos and videos for the auction, maybe a few more than you have here to submit and get a response, but you will want at least 100+ and couple videos for the actual auction. It is a bit of work and you should be available to engage in the auction and answer any comments or question. Submit your car with your desired reserve and they will evaluate it and tell you what reserve they would list it at. Probably be a little lower than you are asking but the reserve is just that, a reserve (mine sold for $5,500 more than the reserve). No obligation.

Spend some time looking over some of the auctions and get a feel for how they operate. Bring a Trailer is another very good auction site but they are much more stringent on what the will accept, are very slow to get scheduled and charge a listing fee. Cars and Bids was very quick, only took about two weeks for the auction to go live and sold 1 week later.
 

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Also G8 Classifieds fb page.
 

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Thanks for the input guys. Unfortunately I've never had a FB account, and don't intend to start now. Ebay will be the next step if there's no interest here within a couple of weeks. I've had solid luck with Ebay over the years, buying and selling cars and bikes.
 

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Thanks for the input guys. Unfortunately I've never had a FB account, and don't intend to start now. Ebay will be the next step if there's no interest here within a couple of weeks. I've had solid luck with Ebay over the years, buying and selling cars and bikes.
Good luck with eBay, had high bidders back out on vehicle sales on my prior auctions (waste of time), plus ebay charges a LOT!!! At least on Cars and Bids (free) and Bring a Trailer ($99), the bidder is charged 5% of their bid when placed so if they back out it cost them. They are also a much more knowledgeable and serious audience and will most likely get you the most money for your car.
 

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Update - custom map installed and TPMS sensors replaced, so the car needs nothing now.
I have found a van in Nashville that I want to buy, so if anyone interested lives east, I could offer free delivery by driving it to you.
 

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Just some feedback on Cars & Bids.........while I like the site and business model, they wouldn't let me list my car unless I agreed to doing it with no reserve.
In this economic climate, and high interest rates, combined with how rare these cars are, I didn't want to take the risk.
I would totally do it at a very low reserve, but not zero reserve. I don't need to sell the car that badly, and the risk just seemed too high.
 

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Just some feedback on Cars & Bids.........while I like the site and business model, they wouldn't let me list my car unless I agreed to doing it with no reserve.
In this economic climate, and high interest rates, combined with how rare these cars are, I didn't want to take the risk.
I would totally do it at a very low reserve, but not zero reserve. I don't need to sell the car that badly, and the risk just seemed too high.
I probably wouldn't list it either with no reserve... Wonder why they wouldn't allow a reserve? When I listed my 96 Impala they only offered a reserve of $16k which was quite low. I did get them to increase it to $16.5 and knew it would bring more so went ahead and closed at $22. What helps when selling at auction is to let as many bidders know about it as possible. I posted links on every group as well as found some hemmings auctions where bidders actually listed their email when they had questions. The person that bought it was actually one of the hemmings bidders who offered way too much on another 96 and the seller didn't reply timely... was quite happy that I contacted him with a auction link.
 

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Just some feedback on Cars & Bids.........while I like the site and business model, they wouldn't let me list my car unless I agreed to doing it with no reserve. In this economic climate, and high interest rates, combined with how rare these cars are, I didn't want to take the risk. I would totally do it at a very low reserve, but not zero reserve. I don't need to sell the car that badly, and the risk just seemed too high.
Agreed and absolutely not considering the number of variables. Best of fortune selling the GT.
 

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I probably wouldn't list it either with no reserve... Wonder why they wouldn't allow a reserve? When I listed my 96 Impala they only offered a reserve of $16k which was quite low. I did get them to increase it to $16.5 and knew it would bring more so went ahead and closed at $22. What helps when selling at auction is to let as many bidders know about it as possible. I posted links on every group as well as found some hemmings auctions where bidders actually listed their email when they had questions. The person that bought it was actually one of the hemmings bidders who offered way too much on another 96 and the seller didn't reply timely... was quite happy that I contacted him with a auction link.
Doug Demuro has explained it in one or a few of his videos in the past. They try to get sellers to agree to no reserve as almost all of their listed vehicles sell for more money as a no reserve auction.
 

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Doug Demuro has explained it in one or a few of his videos in the past. They try to get sellers to agree to no reserve as almost all of their listed vehicles sell for more money as a no reserve auction.
Makes sense when you think about it. Most people probably look at an auction with a reserve and think that the seller probably wants more than it is worth, otherwise what would be the point of the reserve? So then they just don't bother.
 

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Unfortunately, far too many people presume, assume, and run with the slightest bit of information whether factually accurate or not. A a lie can make it halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on. Some people will purchase an item for $5 with free shipping thinking they "got a deal". However, won't purchase the same item for $3 plus $2 shipping thinking the shipping charge is exorbitant. An auction reserve is to avoid low-ballers, tire kickers, something for nothing individuals paying drastically less than an item's worth/value. Forum example. Seller's asking price is $400 local pickup. Would you accept $200 shipped? Let me know. LoI
 

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Unfortunately, far too many people presume, assume, and run with the slightest bit of information whether factually accurate or not. A a lie can make it halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on. Some people will purchase an item for $5 with free shipping thinking they "got a deal". However, won't purchase the same item for $3 plus $2 shipping thinking the shipping charge is exorbitant. An auction reserve is to avoid low-ballers, tire kickers, something for nothing individuals paying drastically less than an item's worth/value. Forum example. Seller's asking price is $400 local pickup. Would you accept $200 shipped? Let me know. LoI
The other side of the story is an auction can result in a higher than market price too. If you research what auctions do best, you will see a lot has to do with the presentation (quality of photos and videos) and seller engagement with bidders (and of course the car itself). Regardless of reserve of not, there will always be low ball bidders, however they are many dealers that aren't going to let a quality vehicle selling with no reserve to hammer under wholesale and at auction close, things can get quite interesting.

Auctions aren't for everyone, however I have bought and sold and find the format works well. I will be putting my 87 thunderbird turbo coupe up at no reserve this spring/summer... it's not worth a lot and I will certainly test my theory again at that time ;)
 

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True. The reserve represents the minimum/floor amount a person is willing to part ways with the lot. The ceiling/maximum is determined by the market. Would consider a no reserve auction at venues such as Barrett Jackson and Mecum.
 

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Some people will purchase an item for $5 with free shipping thinking they "got a deal". However, won't purchase the same item for $3 plus $2 shipping thinking the shipping charge is exorbitant.
I don't do it thinking I "got a deal" but I always choose the item that has free shipping if it's the same cost as another listing + shipping. This is because if I have to return it, they have to refund the full amount whereas the seller who charged for shipping can keep the shipping cost as it was already expended.
 

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Used to sell things on eBay and countered this perspective by having a restocking fee on some returned items. An exception is if the item arrived not as listed/described. The restocking fee varied depending on the value of the item and the inital cost of shipping. Everything was provided in the listing for clarity and transparency. The cost of shipping was merely added to the price of the product for Pete's sake. Otherwise, some people would say the shipping charge is listed at $4 but shouldn't it be closer to $3.50? Hence "free" shipping.
 
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