Sometimes it doesn't pay to be cautious.
When Dodge launched the 2007 Caliber in February, it included the usual discounts employees or retirees could offer extended family and friends, in an effort to give the model the strongest possible start.
"We were trying to get the word out and jump start sales," Chrysler spokeswoman Christina Biache says. Chrysler says the discount cut about 4 percent from the Caliber's sticker, which is $13,985 including freight.
But strong sales have led the company to yank the extended-family discount. Sort of.
Twenty different relations of employees and retirees still can get the deal. That includes spouses, domestic partners, kids, grandparents, in-laws, step-relations and half-relations.
The unlucky ones who no longer qualify? "Terminated employees, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends, and family members of a deceased spouse," Biache says. And the guy who used to own the dog that lives next door is on his own, too.
Caliber sales were 7,938 units through March.