GM Adds More Cash Back to Red Tag Sale


As car sales keep on plummeting, carmakers continue their year-end sales. GM’s Red Tag Sale has been going for almost a month now, and today the company upped the amount of cash back offered on a number of 2008 models still on dealer lots. 

All the deals focus on trucks and SUVs, and we found many 2008s in our local Chicago inventory for most models. Rebates range from $5,000 to $10,000 cash back. 

For the speed demons out there, you can get a 390-hp Chevy TrailBlazer SS, originally priced at $32,900, for $23,338 after the cash back and Red Tag discount. If you can find that much horsepower in a new car for that kind of cash anywhere else, let us know.

A full list of new cash-back incentives is below. Red Tag Sale prices are not included; go here to check exact prices in your area.

  • 2008 Chevy Equinox: $5,000 cash back
  • 2008 GMC Canyon: $5,000 cash back
  • 2008 Pontiac Torrent: $5,000 cash back
  • 2008 Cadillac SRX: $6,000 cash back
  • 2008 Chevy Silverado regular cab, extended cab or crew cab: $6,000-$8,000 cash back
  • 2008 GMC Sierra regular cab, extended cab or crew cab: $6,000-$8,000 cash back
  • 2008 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra heavy duty: $9,000 cash back
  • 2008 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra heavy duty diesel: $10,000
  • 2008 Chevy Tahoe/Avalanche: $8,000 cash back
  • 2008 GMC Yukon: $8,000 cash back
  • 2008 Chevy TrailBlazer: $8,000 cash back
  • 2008 GMC Envoy: $8,000 cash back
  • 2008 Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon XL: $9,000 cash back
  • 2008 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT: $10,000 cash back
  • 2008 Saab 9-7X: $10,000 cash back
  • 2008 Hummer H2: $10,000 cash back
By David Thomas | December 10, 2008 | Comments (9)


S Paparo

$23,338 for a Chevy TrailBlazer SS is not a bargain because; the car is no longer going to be manufactured, the design is dated, and last but certainly not least the interior couldn't utilize cheaper materials if it had tried. These highly discounted prices are actually a real world reflection of what the vehicles are really worth and still the public ain't buying.

That Trailblazer interior's gotta be the oldest design still being manufactured. I just looked at Chevy's website, it's comparable to cars that are a decade old!


the Saab 9-7X has an updated interior that is much nicer. it handles much better than the Trailblazer because of Saab-tuned suspension and steering. plus, you can get the Trailblazer SS's engine in the Aero version.

BTW, there are some dealers that are advertising up to $20,000 off a new Escalade in the Chicagoland area. they figure you can buy your huge, chrome-plated SUV to dirve to parties and then use that extra $20k to go buy that Toyota Carolla for your commuter

Yikes, $42,000 starting price for a jacked-up Trailblazer? And I don't see the interior difference, it still has the same outdated style...

Max Reid

I dont think GM will make any profit after giving this discount. Why are they making the SUV's in the first place when gas prices are hitting 3 or 4 $ / gallon.

Ford has plans to rollout Explorer with car chassis which will reduce weight and increase mileage.

Its high time for GM to do the same with Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon. Trailblazer, Envoy and 9-7X may be closed.

Now with bailout money, GM will be forced to retool their factories to make high mileage cars. Hope they recover. America needs GM, Ford and Chrysler.


I am sure the 20K after the Escalade is reflecting the hugh first year depreciation that is going to happen. I don't think the dealership will be ordering as many Escalades in the future. Although GM and the dealer are probably breaking even on cost to produce.


America does NOT need GM, Ford, or Chrysler. What is best for America is for all three to go bankrupt and for Toyota and Honda to keep expanding their operations. America deserves quality vehicles built by Americans not junk cars produced by the Detoit three.


I'd buy an Escalade with a 20K discount, even if gas was $3/gallon. Don't get me wrong; it wouldn't be my daily driver.


These vehicles are 2008's so GM has already taken a loss on them and probably claimed on taxes and bankruptcy. Anything they get can from them will be extra even if its a dollar. I question how well the vehicle will run after sitting around for 2 years...

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