It is really too early to tell. It takes a good year or two to really know if a vehicle is reliable.
My longest commute will be 18 miles each way, so I would have enough charge for a round trip on the G2. On the G1, I would have to charge at work if I want to use electric power only.--there are great deals on leftover/pre-owned g1s.
--how far is your daily commute?
--can you charge at work?
--in which do you find the seating more comfortable?
--you may find the rear visibility more limiting in the g2.
--over its lifetime how much gas might you have buy with a g1 vs a g2?
--if you want to wait a few years to assess g2 reliability, a depreciated g1 would make a great place holder.
I routinely get close to 50 miles AER in my 2015 during mild weather and close to 40 during what passes for winter in NJ.My longest commute will be 18 miles each way, so I would have enough charge for a round trip on the G2. On the G1, I would have to charge at work if I want to use electric power only.
I started to consider a G1 first because they deals look really good. But when you consider $7500 federal incentive + $2000 NY incentive + educator incentive (I don't know the $ yet) + other tax deductions since the Volt will be used for work, the price of a new one starts to approach the price of a used one. I can charge at work, but I'm not sure if they have a L2 charger.
Purchasing rather than leasing provides the opportunity to move to a g2 or a Bolt EV when you are ready to do so rather than scrambling when the lease ends. If you have access to a credit union (you are an educator I believe) you might find that low interest rates make it easier to purchase than to lease.I thought of leasing a Volt and then move to the Bolt after it's on the market for a few years.
A quick search in NY area, I quickly found a handful of 2015 Volts siting on dealer lots, so if you bought one of those new volts, you could still claim all the incentives that your looking for. And since you like the looks of the G1 better and your commute fits the G1 just fine then it seems like a no brainer. One thing I did notice was that many are still listing near MSRP 35k-39k but I guarantee you can negotiate and knock down a big chunk of that especially with G2 now much more available and with more EV range. Use that info as negotiating leverage. Good luck.I started to consider a G1 first because they deals look really good. But when you consider $7500 federal incentive + $2000 NY incentive + educator incentive (I don't know the $ yet) + other tax deductions since the Volt will be used for work, the price of a new one starts to approach the price of a used one.
I much prefer the looks of the G1 Volt. The G2 design looks and feels convoluted, particularly inside. I friend of mine, who's been on the G1 before, thinks the G2 back seat space feels smaller. I like the fact that the G1 is a distinct design, away from any other Chevy car or any other brand. The G2 Volt pretty much uses the Chevy Cruz surface language, which may make the Volt look cheaper to some.
The Carfax thing is definitely correct. My previous Volt, a 2012, had $7k worth of undercar damage, and nearly $10k worth of hail damage, including a replaced rood and hood, amongst other things. And Carfax specifically stated there were no accidents or hail damage. So I wouldn't trust Carfax at all.Gen 1 is an awesome value, especially since Gen 1 still has better range than other comparable cars (except Gen 2!). However, unless you can find a new '15 sitting on a dealer's lot somewhere (which would be a great deal), it's tough to compare a brand new car with a used--and all it's possible unknown problems. The one consolation is the exceptionally long battery warranty. My only hesitancy with buying used is that the tax credit is a game changer for the value proposition.
Also, you can't really trust Carfax and similar services to reveal a full repair history. I've looked up vehicles that I know where in accidents and part of insurance claims that had a "clean" carfax.
It's up to you in the end, but if the difference is just a few thousand between a used Gen 1 and new Gen 2, I think it's worth the upgrade.