Oil is changed every two years or when the oil life monitor gets low (say 20% or below). Not complicated to change, but for $40 bucks, I get the oil changed and the tires rotated and a handy receipt.I have been checking out 2 2014 Volts recently and test drove one. Found the car to be very smooth ride and quiet and I'm interested but need to know a few things.
1. My RT commute is longer than most of the posts I've been seeing. 120 miles with no place to recharge at work so I imagine I'll add gas and change oil more often than most. Does the oil need to be changed at a dealer (I'm not handy) since the computer needs to be reset or would an oil change place be qualified?
2. I have no garage no I'd be plugging in outside. My outlet is used for things like my leaf blower and pressure washer. Would this be sufficient and how to I protect the cord in the rain and snow?
3. The cars I'm looking at currently have 41,000 and 36,000 miles on them. How long does the battery usually last and what is the approximate cost of replacement?
Any other advice would be welcome. Thanks.
Protecting the cord really isn't necessary as it is already weather proof, but a simple idea and creativity can easily solve anything you are looking at protecting. I recommend changing the outlet if it is old or worn and also making sure it is a dedicated outlet with cover, (nothing else on it) so it doesn't trip the breaker.
Battery should last the life of the car and should never need changed. The car comes with an 8 year or 100k warranty on the battery.