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Buying a Pre-Owned Volt (2013-2015)

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Hello all,

So I've been reading as much as I can on the forum and would love some input on my current situation. I've asked the same question on other forums with some so-so responses, so here it goes:

So I’m looking for a way to make my work commute/expenses better for 2018.
I’ve been looking at '13-15 Chevy Volts and see them ranging from 12-16k anywhere from 30-50k miles.

Would definitely appreciate some insight!

Here’s my current situation:

I drive 27/mi each way to my office passing through downtown LA 5 days a week. I easily spend at least 3 hours a day driving.
I occasionally drive around the county for work ranging from 10 to as far as 120 miles. I believe I racked up about 25-30k in 2017.

My current vehicle is a 2015 Acura ILX 2.4 Manual. It’s sitting at 62k miles w/about $16.5k left for the loan.
My dad wants the car and is willing just to take over payments, so I need another car.
After seeing how much I drove in 2017 and facing LA traffic, the Volt can definitely help with saving time and money.

My main concerns with the Volt are:

Reliability (I know they come with 10yr/150k warranties on battery in CA)
Value (it’s depreciated so much since new, could it really get that much lower??)
Maintenance (unfamiliar with an electric car, American cars in general as well)

What should I be looking for in a Volt? (ex. lower miles > year)
Premium vs Base (worth it?) Ideally I'd love the Bose stereo + leather, but price-wise I really don't wanna spend too much. (looking around 13-14k)

Would love some feedback from the Volt community!

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2014 Base w/nice options owner here:

Stock radio should be fine, from what I have gathered on this board is that the Bose radios really don't have much of an advantage over the stock radio.
Look for one with Safety package 1 or 2. These will have the backup camera and the radio will have bluetooth.
My commute is 42 miles one-way, since I bought the car in march of last year I have put a little over 20,000 miles on it. 0 defects. Heck I still have over 40% life left on the oil that the car came with.
Over the past year the carpool stickers have been wonderful. They cut about 10-15 minutes off of my commute. But keep in mind the greensticker program only runs to 2020.
These cars LOVE stop and go traffic. Even with the hills I have to drive over I can sometimes get home on just the battery charge if I hit traffic.
The sueded leather seats are nice, especially in the summer but I still haven't figured out how to properly clean them.
Ceramic tint is a must for the summer.
Resale I can imagine is not going to be all that hot after a few years, but you are definitely going to get your value out of the vehicle in just fuel and maintenance savings.
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