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buying used, how was your experience...

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I am considering a used Gen 1 Volt, and I had found a couple of dealerships in the Lexington area within a 30 minute drive have a used volt in their inventory. 3 of them our at chevy dealership, one of them being certified but has an accident on its carfax but at 11K miles and 2015 with safety packages at $18K I was not gonna rule it out.

However this is the experience I am running into. I one, have no experience driving these vehicles, and I do question if it would be the right vehicle for me... When buying a new vehicle I have no problem taking a car for an overnight test drive before buying. But all 4 of these dealerships do not offer this. It is honestly very difficult for them to even let you drive it without them in the car. So honestly I have been stuck going around a preplanned driving course that the dealership pretty much uses for any test drive.

I am the type of person I want to sit and figure out the center stake, I want to drive it through one of my daily work commutes.. before making a decision. Has anyone else had this type of problem when they were shopping, were you able to make yourself feel comfortable before signing on a line about a completely different type of vehicle that is hard to sell to the mainstream. I would think the dealers would be more understanding of the concerns about changing to this type of vehicle.

Any advise from those that bought used, to what extend did you test the vehicle before you purchased?


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IT would be a second car along side my Subaru Impreza, I typically drove 22K a year but like I said I think I would divide the mileage in half between both cars over the course of a year and drive the volt on nicer days, and when the weather is going to be bad, Ill take the AWD vehicle out. I drive 19 miles to work, so 38 miles round trip, part of that is highway about 6 miles so I was thinking using Hold mode for that and I should do my commute easily with only consuming 2 gallons maybe a week, so filling up once a month in that drive pattern. And actually on my days off I would probably use all electric for my errands.
With only 6 highway miles on your daily commute, you may find you never use gas - at least most of the year when it is warm outside. In the winter, the EV range will go down a bit - depending on how much you use the cabin heater. It can become a bit of a game: pre-heating the car before you leave in the morning while still plugged in to "shore power", and use of the seat heaters (don't buy a Volt without them) can mitigate the need to run the cabin heater. But of course the ICE is always there if/when needed, so no worries.
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