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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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I bought mine used. My home dealership let me drive one overnight, though the others in the bigger cities didn't (It's so annoying).

Check under the rear cargo door for the VOLTEC EVSE. If it's not there, ask them to either get you one, it knock $450 off the price so you can buy your own. (This is essentially the same one ) The EVSE is a critical component to the car.

Aside from looking for the usual cosmetic things like flood damage and signs of repainting, the mechanical test in a Volt is pretty unique. When the Volt is powered on, open the hood. This will activate the engine so you can hear it run. Check the coolant reservoirs, check the charging capability (Use the Voltec EVSE or a public charging station), and if the battery is low, test mountain mode (This should charge up the battery a little).
I *highly* recommend the extended warranty.
I would actually advise against the extended warranty. If OP is getting a 2015, then there's still 1yr on the B2B and 6yrs on the Voltec. Though if the car will be heavily used, the extended warranty might be a good idea.
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