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Does anyone know how much gas a new car has in it when it arrives at the dealership? I would have to think that it is not just an arbitrary amount with all the cost savings measures that GM applies to it's vehicles.
 

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WhoaThereBigFella said:
Does anyone know how much gas a new car has in it when it arrives at the dealership? I would have to think that it is not just an arbitrary amount with all the cost savings measures that GM applies to it's vehicles.
They used to just put enough gas in them to drive them off the assembly line and out to the lot. After that they were just loaded onto train cars or car haulers.
 

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Every time I test drive a brand new car they typically have 5-8 miles on the odometer and the gas is usually very low (mostly seems to be an 8th of a tank or less).

The last car I test drove brand new was a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix and it had about an 8th of a tank. The Grand Prix holds about 17 gallons so that'd mean GM put 2-3 gallons or so into the car to get it out of the factory, onto the truck, and around the dealership. I imagine that amount might change depending on the vehicle and its engine.

In any case, I always insist of a full tank of gas before I leave the dealership. The salesmen like to whine about already not making any money on the car but don't give in.
 
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