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So a few folks have PM'd me asking about my most recent experience finding a good lease deal, so I figured I'd post about it here.

I'm not comfortable going into the nitty gritty - but what I'll say is this - I called/emailed a LOT of dealerships in California. There were a number of good places, friendly sales staff that I would have been comfortable buying from.. had they more competitive prices. I heard some really high numbers, some middle, but the lowest was a couple places - and one of them was Keyes (Rick), with his sales staff member Andrew.

Andrew was friendly, knowledgeable, and straight forward. You could tell he was eager to make a sale, but didn't pressure me (which would have made me do a 180 and not continued to communicate with him).

The other low price place was the opposite, let's call him John (not his real name). Talking to John their sales manager felt "greasy" and pressured. I might have gotten a better deal continuing to negotiate with him, but I the more I talked with John the more frustrated I felt. I simply took the info provided by John and said to Andrew, this place is willing to do this payment, if you'll beat it by a little, I'll buy from you instead.

And Andrew did that - he went to bat for me and got me an even better price.

So I'd say shop around, get some numbers, then call or text Andrew at 303-810-2592. And I'd bet he gives you a good deal with great service too!
 

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Congrats and thanks for sharing...Your location states FL and it's reported you can't lease out of state so I'm just curious, do you CA address or did you lease from a CA dealer despite living in FL?
 

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Oh, haha - I forgot all about my location setting. I moved from Florida a couple years back and never thought to change that. I'll fix it right quick!
 

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I had a very good experience leasing with Bunnin Chevrolet in Santa Barbara. They have a lot of Volts on the lot which is very helpful in picking out packages and trim levels you want.
 

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I had a very good experience leasing with Bunnin Chevrolet in Santa Barbara. They have a lot of Volts on the lot which is very helpful in picking out packages and trim levels you want.
Thanks for the recommendation - I see 9 Volts on their website - is that right? Also, did you find one with Adaptive Cruise, I don't see that option on their site.
 

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I got a Premiere with every available option, including adaptive cruise. Interesting. A week ago they had double that number on their lot!
 

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Thank you very much for the kind words. Andrew is a valued team member at Keyes Chevy. He is also our number one Volt representative. His knowledge of the inventory and programs serves all parties well. For those who want the base unit deal of 1500.00 down and 199.00 tax. That ends very soon as we are running out of bonus tags and inventory is starting to get low.

Thank you

Hurry down !

Rick
 

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Congrats and thanks for sharing...Your location states FL and it's reported you can't lease out of state so I'm just curious, do you CA address or did you lease from a CA dealer despite living in FL?
OH, hey I just re-read your post. I can attest to the "can't lease out of state" being false.

My current '14 Volt was leased from Michigan almost 3 years ago now. I lived in Florida. In fact, it was probably the deal of a lifetime, hence my flying up there and driving it back.

Cost me 250 for both the plane ticket and gas... and I saved 2500 in the deal. Now that time (to quote llninja) I negotiated like a ferengi. I found two dealers that "promise we won't be beat" -- and the game was afoot. Long story short, the paperwork that I signed wasn't exactly the truth.. but I got a hell of a price. I wouldn't say it was illegal.. but I felt a little evil (in a kinda good way).
 

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OH, hey I just re-read your post. I can attest to the "can't lease out of state" being false.

My current '14 Volt was leased from Michigan almost 3 years ago now. I lived in Florida. In fact, it was probably the deal of a lifetime, hence my flying up there and driving it back.

Cost me 250 for both the plane ticket and gas... and I saved 2500 in the deal. Now that time (to quote llninja) I negotiated like a ferengi. I found two dealers that "promise we won't be beat" -- and the game was afoot. Long story short, the paperwork that I signed wasn't exactly the truth.. but I got a hell of a price. I wouldn't say it was illegal.. but I felt a little evil (in a kinda good way).
Thanks; many have reported CA dealers say they can only lease to CA residents (Rick has said this himself) so it's possible it varies state by state...
 

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I did not say I can't , but I did say I do not lease out of state except to our touching states where we are familiar with the lease set ups and DMV issues. We tried at the beginning but I leave no margin for the extra time and effort needed to service those deals properly. We sell many Volts into other states. In fact we are up to 39 different states. Today there are a few Volts going to a
family in Hawaii.
 

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Signed a lease deal here in SoCal today:

Year, Make, Model, and Trim: 2017 Chevy Volt LT with Leather

MSRP: $35,800
Selling Price: $31,995
Rebates: $7,860 (4,610 CCR, 2,250 select market incremental, 500 loyalty, 500 bonus tag)
Trade-in: $0

Months: 36
Annual Mileage: 10,000

MF: .00062
Residual: 51%

Security Deposit: $0
Total Due At Signing: $1,514 ($1,300 GM Card, $214 first mo payment waiver) - actual $0
Monthly Payment (incl. tax): $214 for 35 months
Sales Tax Rate: 7.75%

Will get $1,500 back from the state for a net cost of $172/mo for 35mos
 

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Mr Rick. Close to pulling the trigger in CA (w/ Keyes of course!) but need a few weeks to sort out my trade. Are the Feb incentives a rarity or may they continue into March? I know you don't know for sure, but wondering if its been status quo on factory rebates/residual/ etc or this is THE time.
 

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So I wanted to update this thread with some great news.

My wife and I picked up the car yesterday. Looks great, drives great, and Andrew was very accommodating. Upon inspection there were a couple of issues, what looked like scratches and a faded spot. Andrew heard my wife's concerns, and got them taken care of promptly. (Scratches ended up being some sort of sticky residue, and the faded spot was a bit of wax build up)

Paperwork was signed, turned in my ~3500 GM rewards card points (inc the 1500 bonus incentive) and with that, knocked another $100 off the monthly payments.

Only thing I'm sad about was not getting to meet Rick in person!

And I'd like to take a moment to thank all of the awesome folks on this site for their insight and guidance - what a great community we have, and here's looking forward to many years of leading the way towards a smarter, greener future.
 

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So a few folks have PM'd me asking about my most recent experience finding a good lease deal, so I figured I'd post about it here.

I'm not comfortable going into the nitty gritty - but what I'll say is this - I called/emailed a LOT of dealerships in California. There were a number of good places, friendly sales staff that I would have been comfortable buying from.. had they more competitive prices. I heard some really high numbers, some middle, but the lowest was a couple places - and one of them was Keyes (Rick), with his sales staff member Andrew.

Andrew was friendly, knowledgeable, and straight forward. You could tell he was eager to make a sale, but didn't pressure me (which would have made me do a 180 and not continued to communicate with him).

The other low price place was the opposite, let's call him John (not his real name). Talking to John their sales manager felt "greasy" and pressured. I might have gotten a better deal continuing to negotiate with him, but I the more I talked with John the more frustrated I felt. I simply took the info provided by John and said to Andrew, this place is willing to do this payment, if you'll beat it by a little, I'll buy from you instead.

And Andrew did that - he went to bat for me and got me an even better price.

So I'd say shop around, get some numbers, then call or text Andrew at 303-810-2592. And I'd bet he gives you a good deal with great service too!
I have purchased 4 Volts and leased one since 2015. I bought my first one after finding Keyes info on this forum. However, the other four Volts I found better and simpler deals (after shopping several dealers) with Marci (the internet mgr) at Camino Real Chevrolet.
I shopped each one at different times and Marci won each bid hands down (WITHOUT games and UNKNOWN ADD ON FEES & CHARGES others tried to charge).
IF SHE SAID she could do it...SHE DID IT! (Where other dealers would commit to a deal and then sell it out from under me or change the numbers??
I thought she deserved recognition for her efforts and I am sure will equally help others the same as she has helped me.
I have purchased a lot of vehicles in m life and would suggest to all of you IF any of the games or unexpected charges occur for you...RUN away as fast as you can. There will be a "MARCI" for you some where no matter what you are buying ::))
 
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