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)
While my commute is shorter and on surface streets, I can say that the Volt sounds like a good fit for you. The EV range is there if you should need it, and the electric savings will far outweigh the little bit of gas that you may have to burn.
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