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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 my 2015 premier used in January for $22k. It had between 7k and 8k miles and was a CPO that had never been titled. I thought the price was steep, but will clock in at a reasonable $14500 after the $7500 rebate. As a CPO they added that extra B2B warranty to the end of the standard 3 year B2B (ends mid-2018).

I got this one just to see if I like driving an phev... I do... a lot. I can make it to work and roll into my drive at home with a mile left and no battery bars (with no A/C or heat). I really need a few extra miles on battery so I'm actually looking to get a Gen 2 in a year or so. I couldn't justify the price difference jumping from a 2015 to a 2016 at the time but the Gen 2 all-electric range really is the sweet spot for me. I don't think there would be any issues taking it on a trip; 2 people would be no problem, 3 wouldn't be too bad either, 4 would push it depending on passenger size and luggage.

I wouldn't hesitate on buying another used volt, especially with the low miles a lot of these have.
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