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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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I have a 2014 Volt with 103,000+ miles.

Reliability is awesome. Nothing but fluid changes and a scattering of recalls early on. Most reliable car I've ever owned (even counting multiple Honda's and Toyota's).

Depreciation really ins't that bad when you factor in all the incentives. I paid $14,570 for a new MY2014 in 2014 after all the incentives, rebates, and such. Even if I only got half of that now in a trade-in (not that I'm looking), that's a great price per mile.

• I LOVE the electric drive and is whisper quiet operation in stop and go traffic. Will never go back. Best commuter car ever built.
• Bose isn't worth it. Fine if you find it, but not worth paying more for. It's not that much better than the stock radio.
• Backup camera (Safety 1) is a must. Safety 2, not so much.
• Factory navigation is useless in the world of Waze and Google Maps.
• I got cloth seats but would opt for leather if I did it over. The seats are good, but not great.
• Heated seats would be nice.
• Hold mode is something I use all the time. MY2013 or newer has it.
• Get a Level 2 charger. Well worth the extra cost for the faster charge at home - especially during the weekend when running countless errands.
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