With gas prices exceeding $2 a liter in some areas, motorists are getting creative with their trips, as is at least one car dealership in Quebec. In an exuberant video posted to Facebook on March 8, Joliette Dodge Chrysler Jeep offers to pay customers a year’s worth of gas if they buy a new vehicle from its inventory. Narcity Quebec was the first to report this story.
The dealership encourages potential buyers to private message it on Facebook or subscribe to its website to receive more information.
Additional limitations undoubtedly apply. On its promotions page, Joliette Dodge Chrysler Jeep says the deal means car buyers can save up to $9,000. It’s unclear exactly how the deal works, but in the comments section below the Facebook video, the dealership says annual fuel consumption cost estimates are based on government resource Energuide.
Joliette Dodge Chrysler Jeep assured reviewers that “we’re talking tens of hundreds of dollars worth of gas, not $20.”
It is likely that the dealer is simply deducting the estimated cost of gasoline from the price of a vehicle.
The promotion nevertheless attracted attention. At the time of writing, the Facebook video has garnered over 67,000 views and over 100 reactions and comments.
The post has also become the target of a few skeptics. Even Hydro-Quebec stepped in by directing readers to another way to avoid paying for gas: buying an electric vehicle. The state-owned company shared a link to a page comparing the annual price of powering electric vehicles and gasoline-powered cars.