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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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Any advise from those that bought used, to what extend did you test the vehicle before you purchased?
The brilliance of the Volt is how little different from any other well-performing small car. All the discussions of technique and tracking and "L" vs "D" and when to put on Hold mode actually make pretty insignificant differences in how well the car performs, how economically it runs, or how long it lasts. The car will cope just fine, so long as you've read the manual (available as PDFs from Chevy's site) and when it alerts you about something, you address it immediately.

As for what I did with it prior to purchase, it was one test drive with the sales dude in the back seat, including a trip from one freeway exit to another to get a feel for the pull. And that was enough. I didn't have a place to charge it (technically I was homeless at the time), I didn't have a routine, but it was obvious that the thing would cope with that -- if I didn't charge it, it would just be a hybrid. It worked for everything and it was more economical than the car(s) it was replacing no matter what.
I got mine at Bachmann Chevy in Louisville. The salesman seemed very knowledgeable about the car. He said right up front that if I took a lot of road trips, this car was not for me.
Lies! :) It's a lovely road car, very stable and easy to drive even in 50 MPH crosswinds, and in better conditions I've gotten nearly 50 MPG out of it. Typical months are about 46 MPG. And coming from a turbocharged Chrysler that barely peeked over the 22 MPG line, that's a stunning improvement.
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