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Well, I finally pulled the trigger on a loaded, red 2015 Volt from Carvana. Provided everything works out, I should have it in 6 days.

https://www.carvana.com/search/2000062807/2015-chevrolet-volt-sedan-4d

It's not as cheap as I might have found one elsewhere but it has exactly the color and options I was looking for and not having to deal with going to the dealer is worth something too. (although, not being able to test drive before ordering makes me a little nervous - but the 7 day return policy seems like a nice compromise)

Shout out to @wmtunate here for setting me up with a $500 referral discount!
 

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Well I guess the deal is done, The link says vehicle not available.
 

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Technically it's not "done done" until they drive up and I sign to accept it, but yeah - the gears are all turning.
 

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Shout out to @wmtunate here for setting me up with a $500 referral discount!
Glad it worked out!

BTW, if your delivery is anything like mine was, it won't be charged when it arrives. Also, look around the car for a $25 prepaid visa gift card. I just found mine last week (6 months after delivery) taped inside in the visor mirror. I've heard they stick them in the fuel door also, but on on the Volt, it may take months before you ever open it.
 

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I have that very same car but a 2014. Got mine with 21K miles. You should be very happy with it. I looked at Carvana too, but decided to go with a dealer. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like to have a "guy on the ground."

Have fun with the volt!
 

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I clicked on the blue circle near the fuel cap, and the carvana site is wrong. Gen 1s need Premium unleaded fuel, not regular.

I'm old fashioned also. I need to physically see a car before I buy it.
 

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I have that very same car but a 2014. Got mine with 21K miles. You should be very happy with it. I looked at Carvana too, but decided to go with a dealer. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like to have a "guy on the ground."

Have fun with the volt!
I too just bought the same vehicle but a 2014 with safety packages 1&2, Bose, Nav. It had 27,000 on it, is a CPO so it's got a 12 month bumper to bumper warranty. I paid $16000 and I am extremely happy with it. 2 months later and about 2K miles and have not burned a drop of gas other than EMM. :)
 

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I clicked on the blue circle near the fuel cap, and the carvana site is wrong. Gen 1s need Premium unleaded fuel, not regular.
True, that is what the manual calls for and I'll mention it to them the next time I talk to someone there.

I'm old fashioned also. I need to physically see a car before I buy it.
That is the "down side" and this is my first time buying this way so we'll see how it goes; others here seem to have had a good experience though.

The lack of having to deal with car lots & salesmen or meeting private parties all over town is very nice. Every car I've ever bought from a dealer (new or used) has always ended up being an all day affair but this feels like Amazon Prime for cars. My time is worth more to me than the $1000 or so I may save haggling with salespeople and sitting in their office all afternoon while they "check with their manager" or whatever nonsense. (which often happens even if you work out the deal via email ahead of time)

... Actually, now that I think about it, this isn't a whole lot different than how I bought (leased) my old, 2013 Volt. I ended up going through an out-of-state dealer that had the car "delivered to me" from a local one (dealer-to-dealer transaction). I didn't even get the 7 day test drive kind of thing that Carvana gives you; albeit, this is a used car vs. a new one with full factory warranty.

I put "delivered to me" in quotes above because I actually was the currier that picked the car up from the other dealer ... he shipped me dealer plates that I put on the car there, then drove it home and switched them out for the temporary paper one and FedEx'ed his dealer plates right back to him. That was a bit of a hassle but somewhat fun too! All of that because not a single DFW dealer could come close to the price they were able to give me - a trend that seems to still be true here - I guess DFW just doesn't have enough Volt volume to get the manufacturer kick backs or something.
 

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True, that is what the manual calls for and I'll mention it to them the next time I talk to someone there.



That is the "down side" and this is my first time buying this way so we'll see how it goes; others here seem to have had a good experience though.

The lack of having to deal with car lots & salesmen or meeting private parties all over town is very nice. Every car I've ever bought from a dealer (new or used) has always ended up being an all day affair but this feels like Amazon Prime for cars. My time is worth more to me than the $1000 or so I may save haggling with salespeople and sitting in their office all afternoon while they "check with their manager" or whatever nonsense. (which often happens even if you work out the deal via email ahead of time)

... Actually, now that I think about it, this isn't a whole lot different than how I bought (leased) my old, 2013 Volt. I ended up going through an out-of-state dealer that had the car "delivered to me" from a local one (dealer-to-dealer transaction). I didn't even get the 7 day test drive kind of thing that Carvana gives you; albeit, this is a used car vs. a new one with full factory warranty.

I put "delivered to me" in quotes above because I actually was the currier that picked the car up from the other dealer ... he shipped me dealer plates that I put on the car there, then drove it home and switched them out for the temporary paper one and FedEx'ed his dealer plates right back to him. That was a bit of a hassle but somewhat fun too! All of that because not a single DFW dealer could come close to the price they were able to give me - a trend that seems to still be true here - I guess DFW just doesn't have enough Volt volume to get the manufacturer kick backs or something.
My car buying experience was actually wonderful. I emailed, they told me about their current deals, I did some math, had a great deal on a G1 ($23K off a new $44K MSRP Volt). I went in, test drove, came back, the salesman was finishing up another deal, so I got to play for about an hour with all the buttons and electronics on the dash. I came back the next day with a check, some W2s and filled out some finance forms, and in 45 minutes I was headed home, only 1.5 miles away. I think part of the friction free sale was that the regular finance guy was on vacation so there was no hard sell for an extended warranty, scotchguard, undercoatinge, service plans, etc.

Alas, I was lurking and drooling over this car for 6+ month as it taunted me every time I drove by. When I would stop late at night or on weekends when they were closed, I gawked at the $44k MSRP and concluded that I'd never own one. But the great $5K price drop plus fed tax credit plus state rebate plus end of year sale plus GM card rebate plus dealer haircut plus trading of a car I got for free plus state taxed paid for by the dealer meant a deal of a lifetime. And I have a Ford Fusion Energi owner to thank. She bought a new Ford because she wanted one right off the lot, but she test drove a used volt and wanted a new one, just couldn't wait because her Saturn was not running. She's the one who told me about the $5k price drop. That got me in the door. The rest was just gravy. Good thing my Fusion Energi friend didn't know about this dealership 18 miles away from her.
 

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(which often happens even if you work out the deal via email ahead of time)
You're 100% accurate, but the "secret" is to get them to do the paperwork ahead of time...My WAG tells me the majority of dealers would do it if you ask, I personally experienced a L.A. Chevy salesman (I'll even call them out, Felix Chevy) telling me he won't do it until I arrive in person after agreeing to a price, I kept pushing him and ultimately he later said a mistake was made, his manager wouldn't sign off on it (why email me that you can do that price?) and he couldn't honor the price...It's possible the dealership or even the individual won't discuss price or do paperwork until you arrive, but this is also a tactic for dishonest salesman who promise a low price they can't honor in the hopes of bait and switching you...In Chevys case, there's 3000+ dealerships, unless I see a previously reported deal I wouldn't do business with them if they won't discuss price over email or send the paperwork...

Overall I like the idea of Carvanna, maybe someday Amazon will have something similar or even acquire them...I saw a recent article that Carvanna has a delivery center like a vending machine for cars in a few locations...There was one report on here that the Carvanna Volt was pretty scratched up and never appeared on the photos and they refused delivery...
 

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I saw a recent article that Carvanna has a delivery center like a vending machine for cars in a few locations...There was one report on here that the Carvanna Volt was pretty scratched up and never appeared on the photos and they refused delivery...
Yeah, they just build a vending machine/building in Frisco, TX but that would be about 30 mile drive from where I am.

I saw the story about the scratched up, refused one and I will go over the one they send me with a fine tooth comb before I accept.
 

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Okay, so I'm switching it to the vending machine :) I figure it's novel enough that I'll give it a shot and will let one of my kids put the token in the machine - they'll get a kick out of that!
 

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Good Luck Eric, and let us know how it goes. I have a Volt...but my wife just bought an i3 via Carvana, and we had a great experience. Between having many more cars to choose from, not having to deal with a salesman, and being able to refuse the car on delivery (or 7 days after) was enough for us to give it a shot. You can read my full recap on this same forum here (mine is the LAST 2 posts with the pic posted by geekfamily): http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?277577-My-Carvana-Experience
 

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... Actually, now that I think about it, this isn't a whole lot different than how I bought (leased) my old, 2013 Volt. I ended up going through an out-of-state dealer that had the car "delivered to me" from a local one (dealer-to-dealer transaction). I didn't even get the 7 day test drive kind of thing that Carvana gives you; albeit, this is a used car vs. a new one with full factory warranty.

I put "delivered to me" in quotes above because I actually was the currier that picked the car up from the other dealer ... he shipped me dealer plates that I put on the car there, then drove it home and switched them out for the temporary paper one and FedEx'ed his dealer plates right back to him. That was a bit of a hassle but somewhat fun too! All of that because not a single DFW dealer could come close to the price they were able to give me - a trend that seems to still be true here - I guess DFW just doesn't have enough Volt volume to get the manufacturer kick backs or something.
Eric, I seem to recall that your out of state dealer (for your previous purchase) was in Missouri. If I'm right, care to tell which dealer it was?

Thanks!

Joe
 

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Eric, I seem to recall that your out of state dealer (for your previous purchase) was in Missouri. If I'm right, care to tell which dealer it was?

Thanks!

Joe
PM'ed you with some info
 

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Just picked it up. Condition was just as described on the web site. Unfortunately, the "vending machine" was not working when we got there so they just had it pulled up and ready. Annoying since it was an hour drive with traffic but what are you gonna do?

Car runs great, it had 0 SOC so the test drive was all in CS mode but that's fine and allowed us to make sure the ICE worked okay. I had forgotten how much quieter the Volt ICE is than the Energi.

It's sitting at the Nebraska Furniture Mart free charger while we eat dinner next door.

Lifetime MPG shows 91 so I'm guessing it's miles are probably 60 to 70 percent EV.
 

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Day 1 of test driving done - everything seems good. There is a slight rattle coming from the dash but it's so minor that you don't hear it with the radio going.

The only thing I didn't catch at the Carvava facility walk-around is that the front tires look brand new but the back are not. Front's are Sumotomo's and backs look like original spec GoodYear Assurance and they probably have 10k miles left on them. I figure I'll run them that way and buy 2 new ones when I next rotate. I don't know much about Sumotomo as I usually have had good luck with Yokohama's and Micheline.

One thing I do see is that the air compressor's fix-a-flat appears to have been used based on some white residue in the repair tube. Is there an easy way to check if the canister is empty/full. I'll want Carvava to buy me a new one if it is empty.
 

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Day 1 of test driving done - everything seems good. There is a slight rattle coming from the dash but it's so minor that you don't hear it with the radio going.

The only thing I didn't catch at the Carvava facility walk-around is that the front tires look brand new but the back are not. Front's are Sumotomo's and backs look like original spec GoodYear Assurance and they probably have 10k miles left on them. I figure I'll run them that way and buy 2 new ones when I next rotate. I don't know much about Sumotomo as I usually have had good luck with Yokohama's and Micheline.

One thing I do see is that the air compressor's fix-a-flat appears to have been used based on some white residue in the repair tube. Is there an easy way to check if the canister is empty/full. I'll want Carvava to buy me a new one if it is empty.
Put the sumatomos on the rear wheels and goodyears on the front. There are lots of videos on YouTube explaining why. I have Yokohama Avid Ascends on my 18 inch though i don't think they make the right tire size for the volt OEM rims. I'll bet the sumatomos are not low rolling resistance. If you get all four goodyeara, you should get better ev range overall. Others swear by continentals or michilins. I love the stickiness of my yok's though, screw the ev hypermiling.
 

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Yeah - I may do that after the last of the rains are done here - will leave as is for wet weather traction for now.

I am not a big hyper-miler either - I with there was a way to default it to sport mode! :D
 

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Imagine this - a 3 car garage with 3 cars in it instead of lawn equipment and kids stuff! Inconceivable!
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Will be that way for another couple months until the Ford goes back; luckily my EVSE cord reaches far enough.
 
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