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2017 Steep Driveway and concerns about Ground Clearance

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I am considering buying a 2017 Volt. I have a very steep driveway. However, my landlord has a low riding Prius with ground clearance of about 5.5 inches and she doesnt have problems. Anyway, a friend of mine who has a 2013 Gen 1 Volt with air dam already removed still scraped the bottom when trying to back in. I called a Chevy dealership, and they said the Gen 2 Ground Clearance is higher than Gen 1. However I cant find any info on this anywhere online, or specifically, how much higher the ground clearance on Gen 2 Volt vs Gen 1. I really want this car, but if I cant get into my driveway, I cant charge the car. Does anyone have any insight here? THANK YOU!
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As many have suggested, reversing at an angle sometimes does the trick. It worked with the quattro but it was still rubbing on the Volt.
I was afraid that some morning I'd forget and ripping out of there the air dam would rip off!
I noticed the neighbour a few houses down using these for his 'Vette. Made locally out of recycled tires so green enough, and at $50 each, well worth the piece of mind.

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You/your friend just need to get used to pulling in and out at an angle. My driveway is super steep at the street and I back in every night without any scrapes.
It didn't work for me (see my post/pic above) even the curb isn't that steep.
The differences might be that the terrace is quite sloped AND is really domed (convex). That is likely causing the front to be forced lower than a flat street.
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