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Determining trim level?

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Hi all,

I'm looking at buying a used Volt. I know in some of my other car-shopping adventures, I've found cars that are mis-listed, where the trim level is wrong.

What is the best way to definitively determine what trim level a Volt is by looking at pictures or particular listed options?
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All of Gen 1 (2011-2015) was basically la carte and the descriptions emg77 provided are spot on. The only thing I can add is there were a few rare Gen1's ordered with heated cloth seats.

The general consensus is the Safety 1 (rear camera) is highly desirable and a must have. Heated seats are desirable and worth it if you live anywhere above I-10 as it will help you extend your range in the winter by limiting the use of the electric strip heater. Bose and/or Nav weren't worth much according to most. Cloth v. Leather and painted v. chrome wheels are a personal preference.

Some of 2014 and all 2015 had a slightly larger battery. 2013 and up had Hold Mode, which is very desirable - but came at the expense of the removal of several underbelly aero coverings. There is a potential of a bad bearing issue in pre-2013 models. Overall Gen 1 is extremely reliable and very problem free. Gen 1 was built to save the company and it shows. IMO, it's the best used car value period.

With that said, dealers are generally clueless on how to price a used Volt. With a $7,500 federal rebate and often state rebates on top of that, most buyers paid far less that MSRP. Negotiate hard and you will get a great vehicle at a great price.
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