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I was waiting for the 2019's but saw a great price on a 2018 Premier and decided to jump. Fully loaded MSRP was $40,655 and my price was $4555 under with minimal haggling. Out the door cost including tax/tag/title/etc was under $39,000. Add in $8500 of tax credits and my total cost will be under $31k. Not bad I say.

I'm a little bummed that I only got 42 EV miles on the ride home, but that's mostly driving 70mph with tires that I subsequently discovered were under-inflated. I'm coming from a Saab and this too is VERY FUN TO DRIVE. That "spirited driving" may have contributed to my low EV mileage. Haha.

I still have lots to learn, most of the features seem intuitive though. Very cool car.
 

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Congrats on your new Volt and welcome to the forum. I've got a 2012 and haven't priced the new Volts but sounds like you got a good deal. I'm sure others will chime in with their recent purchase experiences too.
 

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I'm agonizing over the decision to order a 2019 with the updates or likely get a better deal on an '18

My wife hates manually adjusting the driver seat on our 2005 VW Passat after I drive her car. The bigger onboard charger is appealing, but do I really need it? It'll primarily be used for wife's daily commute and charged every overnight. I think there's a more aggressive regen (?) As well. Hmm, decisions, decisions

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I'm agonizing over the decision to order a 2019 with the updates or likely get a better deal on an '18

My wife hates manually adjusting the driver seat on our 2005 VW Passat after I drive her car. The bigger onboard charger is appealing, but do I really need it? It'll primarily be used for wife's daily commute and charged every overnight. I think there's a more aggressive regen (?) As well. Hmm, decisions, decisions

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As you consider your purchase options be aware that the power driver's seat on the 2019 Volt does not have memory settings.
 

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I was on the fence 2018/2019 as well. I was very particular in what colors/options I wanted, and seeing the dwindling number of 2018's and NO 2019's pushed me closer to buying sooner. Dealers in PA have no incentive to sell these things and are ordering 2019's at invoice or over. No telling when I'd find one on a lot, and if I did, doubtfully they'd move much on price. Things could change with the 7500 credit phasing out-- maybe, maybe not. Ultimately I found a 2018 at my target price and went with it.

The faster charging is nice but unncessary for me and probably most people. I will be charging when I sleep(8c/kwh) or when I work(free), in both cases I'm fully charged when I get in the car. Many places around here with an L2 charger are part of some network that charges 20c+/kwh or twice that. It's not worth for to me drive around looking for these places. I'll just use gas. The free places near me are car dealers and a few supermarkets few and far between-- I'll just take whatever charge I can get. It's not like I'm going to sit somewhere for an hour just to get a free charge, fast charge or not.

There's an adapter for Tesla destination chargers that supposedly works for Volts. If you're there for a while, why bother especially since many places let you use a 120v outlet anyway.

I'm a new owner so things may change but I don't see myself charging much outside of home and work. I'm not even going to open a charge account with Blink or whomever right away. If I'm travelling and find a free spot that's convenient, great. I'm not going to try to plan my travels around EV chargers, that's what my engine is for.
 

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There's an adapter for Tesla destination chargers that supposedly works for Volts. If you're there for a while, why bother especially since many places let you use a 120v outlet anyway.
Adaptor cost, in comparison to just burning gas (it's a Volt -- you've got that option), is about 75 full charges. I've noticed about twice that a place I was at for a bit had a Tesla charger and no J1772. In three years of owning this car. I can't even remember if I needed to charge at the first one, because it was only about 15 miles away. Even if the circumstance increases 3 or 4-fold, I'd still need to own the car for about 30 years to break even.

Probably WAY more valuable for a BEV, though.

I'm a new owner so things may change but I don't see myself charging much outside of home and work. I'm not even going to open a charge account with Blink or whomever right away. If I'm travelling and find a free spot that's convenient, great. I'm not going to try to plan my travels around EV chargers, that's what my engine is for.
'zactly. It's a hybrid, that takes a REALLY LONG TIME to get around to starting the engine. But if you need it, it's there. It took me about the first three months to sort out in my head that it's almost never worth the time or hassle to charge away from home (or work if that's an option). There's few places I stay long enough to actually make it worthwhile (basically, restaurants -- hotels get recast as "home" if that's an option), and any charge for charging over a buck an hour makes no economic sense, and even then, it's only a gain if I'm NOT going to make it back "home" before running out of charge.
 

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Adaptor cost, in comparison to just burning gas (it's a Volt -- you've got that option), is about 75 full charges. I've noticed about twice that a place I was at for a bit had a Tesla charger and no J1772. In three years of owning this car. I can't even remember if I needed to charge at the first one, because it was only about 15 miles away. Even if the circumstance increases 3 or 4-fold, I'd still need to own the car for about 30 years to break even.

Probably WAY more valuable for a BEV, though.



'zactly. It's a hybrid, that takes a REALLY LONG TIME to get around to starting the engine. But if you need it, it's there. It took me about the first three months to sort out in my head that it's almost never worth the time or hassle to charge away from home (or work if that's an option). There's few places I stay long enough to actually make it worthwhile (basically, restaurants -- hotels get recast as "home" if that's an option), and any charge for charging over a buck an hour makes no economic sense, and even then, it's only a gain if I'm NOT going to make it back "home" before running out of charge.
Your insight makes sense and appears to minimize the need for the 7.2kw charger on the '19's or the concern about public charging

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Overnight charging is the rule, but quick charging is nice when you want the car too be re-charged up for evening trips or on weekends any time. Shorter is always welcome for some and it is a plus selling feature for newbies.
 
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