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Warning, long story ahead.

Permission to skip down to pics, but do not miss the pricing part of the story :)

Our 2013 Volt's lease is up in a few months. This was the first time I've ever leased, and it was because I wasn't sure this was technology I wanted to "own". Well, over the past 3 years I've become a believer, the '13 is still like new and rock solid approaching 40k miles (we have it til 45k), so for the past few weeks I've been casually looking for the best deal to buy one. My wife and I work in the same building, so most days we drive together and the Volt is the commuter car. Many days we use zero gas.

So I looked around in the usual places (AutoTrader, eBay, craigslist, Cars.com) to get an idea of what's out there. Found a 2013 locally with 49k miles in Silver Topaz Metallic. It had no options, but a "base" Volt is not a bad place to spend time. The only missing things that really bothered me were backup cam and leather-wrapped wheel.....I kinda view those as necessities. A "plus" was my bride would prefer the cloth interior. The car really looked like new, and the GM dealer it was at (here in StL) wanted $13,900 for it, which I felt was a pretty fair deal but I had visions of getting it for 12 Grand :p ...however it didn't matter because they sold it the day before I was planning to see it in person.

In my poking around I became aware of several "still new" 2014 Volts around the country that in theory should represent a great opportunity for a "deal". The Chevy dealer "second closest" to my house in fact has 3 - a red (cloth interior), a silver (cloth) and a pearl white (leather). Initially I smelled blood in the water there, realizing they've been sitting on these for 2 years and must be sick of looking at them, not to mention dealers pay interest on cars sitting on the lot so these must be a real thorn in their side, or so you'd think. Turns out they still want close to 30 Grand for them! All I can figure is they really did lose their butts on them, and are trying to recover as much as they can. Just not gonna be from me :rolleyes:

There was a never-titled '14 on eBay, in Houston, that I looked hard at - it's "Brownstone", a color I really should hate, but actually looks pretty nice. Plus I love the interior, which is beige leather & suede that looks so inviting compared to the black leather cave we've had for 3 years. It's still "new", so I would still get the $7,500 from my rich uncle, but it is a demo with 5,800 miles on it and it doesn't have "Safety Pkg #2" which is something I kinda wanted since it's the ONLY option our '13 doesn't have. Granted it's all stuff a halfway coherent driver should not need, but it's a couple more buttons on the steering wheel and hey - gizmos are fun :cool:
Anyway that dealer is firm at $27,500 and I just knew I could do better, plus having 5,800 miles.... if I'm buying "new" I like to know how it's broken in, that the tires have been rotated, etc.

I actually did bid $21,500 on that one, but in e-mailing back n forth with them it became apparent they are stuck on the $27,500. Then figure another maybe $800 to have it shipped up here.

In the midst of all this, I discovered 3 more "new" 2014's in Columbia, MO (right at halfway across the state from me). A black and a white, both leather, and a silver that I think was cloth. I start talking to them by e-mail, interested in the silver or white (because we've had black for 3 years already). I think the silver would have been my first pick, because of how the standard wheels match that color, but it sold while we were going back n forth. Initially they were only discounting the cars about 7 Grand, which still put them in the low-30's. No sale. For that I'd buy a 2017. I had offered (on the white one, which is fully loaded, Safety #1 and #2, heated leather, Bose audio, rear console, even polished alloys) $19k (hey I'm cheap LOL) which they pretty much said "no way", then I bumped it to $21k, then finally I was pretty firm at $22k. In all this I never actually heard a number from them that was under $30k!
Then suddenly she let me know they were working a deal on the silver one, and (to her amazement) they were letting it go for $25k, and that even though the white one listed for more, they would sell it to me for the same price. Quick n easy math, that's a brand new (but 2 year old) forty thousand dollar car for effectively $17,500. I darn near jumped right then, but since I had nothing to lose, I pressed my luck. I told her that was a great offer, that they were definitely moving in the right direction and I appreciated all her efforts (she was very nice this whole time), but that I had located some other new '14s closer to home and I wanted to see what kind of deal could be had on those (yes I was using those local cars to apply pressure halfway across the state, once I had become convinced the dealer in Columbia was a lot more serious about getting them gone).
My tactic worked - I figured they wouldn't want the fish to jump from their hook to someone else's, and the next e-mail came about an hour later: supposedly her sales manager was gone for the day, but she took this to the dealership owner and he said I could have it for $23,240. Meaning my final cost will be $15,700.

SOLD!

As for the car, it's a "still new" loaded 2014 that has been in one of their secondary showrooms for 1.5 years, so not sitting out in the weather. Smells new. Build date of 4/2014, so right at 2 years old in real time. 72 (seventy two) miles on the car, full 8 year/100k warranty begins with us, still on MSO. $99 doc fee.
Seriously who could pass up that deal!?

The entire experience, from initial e-mail negotiation to the purchase which took barely over an hour in person, was totally hassle-free and I heartily recommend Bob McCosh Chevy/GMC/Cadillac/Buick in Columbia, MO. Talk to Nikki or Sonja - they have a happy customer halfway across the state.

Here are pics of the new one, and a pic of our current '13 which I will be trying to put 5k miles on over the next 4 months :D







 

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Fun story. What may have happened is that the dealer got some extra cash from Chevy to move it. Had something of the same experience when buying the ELR. Was looking at one car, it sold, and the salesperson said they could now transfer the incentive to the one I wanted because it was now the oldest car.

Congrats on the car. Super great price! Your 2013 MY looks pretty darn good. You obviously have kept it in excellent shape.
 

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I have a 2013 arctic white Volt. I bought it new. After almost 30,000 miles it doesn't have any rattles or squeaks. It's eerily quiet. It's the most solid car I've ever had. I hate rattles and squeaks. It did have a loose strut that rattled. It was a known issue and was replaced by the dealer at no cost. Everyone at Chevrolet should be congratulated for building a world-class car.
 

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Exciting story! I had a similar experience buying a (nearly) loaded '14 last weekend. Difference between yours and mine is I have white diamond instead of safety 2. So your deal worked out about $500 better than mine for the negotiated selling price - well done! However MO sales tax is less than PA (4.25 vs 6%) but PA has a $2,000 EV rebate and I had $1,500 GM card rebate to help out. You've got a reliable, loaded car with a low operating cost at a price below what you could buy an entry level ICE for. Congratulations!
 

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Yeah, that is a crazy-good deal. You did well, MX5!

I also bought an unloved-by-the-dealer, but still-new, 2014 Volt. Got it in April 2015, and even then I was kind of surprised to find a new/unsold 2014 (five of them, in fact). To find several more new-old-stock 2014s, still floating around *another* year later, is nothing short of remarkable.

I didn't get quite as good a deal as you did, but then again, another year has passed. So I don't feel too badly. But in the end, you got a LOT more equipment (my '14 is only a base model)... and your bottom line beat mine by roughly $4k! Great job!!
 

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Congrats on your purchase!!!!
 

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That is how it is done. The internet was your friend. Excellent job at keeping everything professional and on the level. You searched far and wide, but most importantly, you knew a great deal when you had it.
 

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That is how it is done. The internet was your friend. Excellent job at keeping everything professional and on the level. You searched far and wide, but most importantly, you knew a great deal when you had it.
I nominate MX5 as greenback troll #4 for a finding an awesome deal on his new volt. And I thought I had the deal of the decade with my $44k MSRP car for $21K. MX5 for the win!!!
 

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LOL thanks all - I feel real good about the deal, and now at 286 miles on the white one, loving that New Car Smell again :D
 

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I nominate MX5 as greenback troll #4 for a finding an awesome deal on his new volt. And I thought I had the deal of the decade with my $44k MSRP car for $21K. MX5 for the win!!!
On the other hand, the long list of cars in MX5's signature implies a car replacement habit that is detrimental to the pocketbook.
 

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To some extent, yes, but several of them are long-timers :)
 

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Great story. Congrats on the new Gen 1!

I still have a hard time understanding why there isn't a lot more interest in the sub $15k used models. For the right driving situation, that could be an easy home run from a financial standpoint. There have been points in the last 10 years when I've spent $2000-$5000 per year on gas for the same commute that I now make 98% electric. It doesn't take many of those years to pay for a chance flyer on a nice used Volt.
 

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Great story. Congrats on the new Gen 1!

I still have a hard time understanding why there isn't a lot more interest in the sub $15k used models. For the right driving situation, that could be an easy home run from a financial standpoint. There have been points in the last 10 years when I've spent $2000-$5000 per year on gas for the same commute that I now make 98% electric. It doesn't take many of those years to pay for a chance flyer on a nice used Volt.
I've seen one forum member score a $9k deal on a used 2011 after leasing his first one. Deals are out there. These are awesome cars. I hope mine drives forever (50k miles and counting)
 

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... These are awesome cars. I hope mine drives forever (50k miles and counting)
I couldn't agree more with your sentiments, but my comfort level may be a little lower after the drivetrain warranty is up. Maybe fodder for another post.
 

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I couldn't agree more with your sentiments, but my comfort level may be a little lower after the drivetrain warranty is up. Maybe fodder for another post.
I have several cars way beyond their drivetrain warranty, still running fine.
 
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