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The GNX Registry Launches Certification Program Featuring Vehicles Available for Sale
In response to popular demand, the GNX Registry is proud to launch our exclusive GNX Certification Program that streamlines the sale process by providing quick, easy online confirmation that a GNX is authentic, and not one of the increasing number of convincingly-built clones and outright fakes – including those with forged paperwork and window stickers – appearing on the market.
This Program allows prospective buyers to know immediately that a vehicle has been certified authentic by the GNX Registry. Certified GNX vehicles are featured on the Registry website, and can be easily linked by URL or QR code in sale or auction listings. This means buyers can verify the authenticity of a GNX for sale with any computer or smartphone in mere seconds quickly and easily with a single click or screen tap.
The GNX Registry has received a growing number of reports that some are attempting to obtain vehicle and owner information with unsubstantiated claims of having "new" or "take-off" parts for sale. This scenario usually involves your sending them your contact information and GNX number and they'll "check."
Unfortunately, as many owners have discovered, these are rarely more than thinly-veiled efforts to harvest ownership information. Even if such parts were available, a seller DOES NOT need to know your VIN or GNX number unless it involves the sale of a turbocharger, intercooler that retains its original label, transmission, or engine block, or other car-specific artifact such as a window sticker or build sheet (these items are quite rare and nearly every such transaction has been handled through the Registry at no cost). For any other standard vehicle components, your car number is not needed, so don't fall for it!
Eliminates the risk of strangers phishing for car numbers and owner information
Ensures that the owner maintains complete privacy and control – the owner reaches out only if interested
A seller therefore does not get any owner information unless the owner chooses to initiate contact
For numbered components, only the Registry can positively confirm the car from which it came
The Registry acts as a safe intermediary, and does not take a penny in the process
Please remember to protect yourself and your car the next time you encounter unsubstantiated claims by someone purporting to have "new" or "take-off" GNX parts for sale.
The U.S. Government’s Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as “Cash for Clunkers,” gathered at least as many criticisms as cars, some of these coming from the collector car and enthusiast communities. Adding to the rising tide of condemnation over the willful destruction of many properly running, well-cared-for vehicles – all at the taxpayer’s expense – was the prospect of certain collector cars meeting this fate as well.
This outcry reached a fever pitch when news came that a 1987 Buick GNX was purportedly among those cars traded in on this program and summarily executed in the same manner as all the others: by the emptying of engine oil and the pouring in of the “death drink” of liquid sodium silicate, which solidifies into hot glass as the engine runs, slowly suffocating it from the inside out until the car gasps for its last breath of life and becomes a forever-stilled piece of useless iron, roadworthy no longer.
Stories about the apparent loss of this valuable supercar reached far and wide in the automotive press and magazines, fueled primarily by the government-issued summary list which included at least one 1987 vehicle with a manufacturer of “ASC Incorporated.” Sharp-eyed enthusiasts were rightly concerned and word spread quickly, but could it be true? Nobody knew for sure until now.
The GNX Registry undertook a comprehensive effort to unravel this mystery and determine the truth in the only sure way possible: by researching the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). Fortunately, the Registry has now determined that the four vehicles assembled by “ASC Incorporated” did NOT include a 1987 Buick GNX. The destroyed vehicles labeled as “ASC” were a 1987 Chevrolet V10, a 1987 Ford F150, a 1987 Merkur XR4TI, and a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder. It is unknown whether these vehicles may have been specially modified by ASC, or were incorrectly identified on their paperwork at trade-in.
For the turbocharged Buick population, including the T-Type, Grand National, and GNX, the impact was actually minimal. Of the 120 Buick Regals destroyed, only four were turbocharged: a 1984 (from Michigan), two 1985 models (from Illinois and New Mexico), and one 1987 Turbo T Limited (from Arizona). The rest of the remaining 116 Regals were split nearly evenly between the 3.8 liter (231 c.i.) non-turbo V6 and the 5.0 liter (307 c.i.) V8, with the occasional variant such as the early 4.1 liter (252 c.i.) V6 and rare 4.3 liter (260 c.i.) diesel engine. No Buick GNX was destroyed under the program.
Nevertheless, “Cash for Clunkers” still receives its share of controversy since it ended on September 30, 2011, leaving exactly 677,081 vehicles in its wake. Of course, many true clunkers have left the road and perhaps we are all a bit better for that. But many fine, well-maintained, and infrequently-driven cars were also needlessly destroyed under this program, some of which could be considered rare or exotic. Knowing that the legendary Buick GNX was not among them may be some consolation, but all enthusiasts – regardless of our preferred automotive brand – share to some extent in the loss of current and future collectible cars that will never be seen, let alone driven, by generations to come.