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Hi everyone! New owner here as well. I was going to post on the NEW OWNERS thread but I'd rather not clog the thing with a bunch of discussions about sub-topics, so I thought I'd just start my own.

Just picked up my new-to-me 2013 Premium this past Friday. Black on black on black. Blackout all the things. I was also impressed by how solid everything on the car feels. (Except that little dash storage hatch.) I couldn't leave the dealership without it. Traded in my '98 Buick Riviera, which clocked me in the face with the frameless window as I was closing the door for the last time, so I'll take that as a sign. I still have the goose-egg five days later.

Anyway, I was wondering if you all have any insights or suggestions as to what to do as a new owner. A few specific questions:

1.) The car was originally bought in California, but I now own it in Florida. Does that mean I have the 150K-mile powertrain warranty? How do I check?

2.) The car itself has 51K miles on it, and the previous owner piled on ~25K/year. Its lifetime average is 41mpg. I feel like those numbers are significant, but I'm not entirely sure how.

3.) I have a 120-mile commute daily (60 miles one way). I use Hold mode on the highway and save my electrons for stop-and-go island driving (it's Spring Break and Snowbird season...). So I'm going to rack up miles FAST. How has longevity been with others' Volts? It seems most are low mileage, and my 50K-mile ODO reading is pretty much the highest I've seen for sale, but I didn't let that deter me since I commute so far. My Riv had 253K. 50K ain't nuthin.

4.) Jury is out on springing for the 240 upgrade to charge. I assume the included travel-charger is only good for 120? Maybe I should just have an electrician install an exterior plug (I park outside) that can handle 12amp charging safely?

OK that's enough for now, thanks guys! Carry on.
-Kristin

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One suggestion would be to order you a VoltScreen (if the previous owner didn't). They are made by forum member Scarlett and will most likely prevent a major repair bill caused by a small pebble into the radiators.
http://voltshelf.weebly.com/voltscreen.html
I installed mine on day 1 of ownership.

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Welcome from Florida. A lifetime of 41 mpg would indicate the prior owner basically never charged it, which means more miles on the engine. I would rather have most of the miles on the battery.

Since you're driving this much, I would definitely advise going with 240 at some point. It also helps with preconditioning in the 90 degree months.

It looks like the Bolt would be the perfect car for you next.
 
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