[ad#post_ad]Earlier this week we took an informal survey of GM-Volt readers experiences attempting to purchase Volts from dealers in the early launch markets.  There were 1312 respondents when the poll was closed,and 950 or 72% of readers hadn't inquired at a dealership yet, but 362, or 28%, had.

Of those 362, 60% were told by the dealer they would have to pay a mark-up over MSRP. The largest group among those were those told they would have to pay at least $10,000 over MSRP, representing 37% of that group.

Our poll was picked up by the New York Times who also interviewed some dealers to research the story.

The Times considered our poll "hardly rigorous and certainly not certifiable," (I'll buy that) but determined it indicated "that a significant sample encountered premiums in excess of $10,000, though most respondents who claimed to have made inquiries were quoted M.S.R.P."

Volt spokesperson Rob Peterson was asked for comment.

“The dealers are independent, for better and, in very rare cases, for worse,” he said. “There are some who have moved in the opposite direction of our request. In response, what we’ve done is to urge customers who have contacted us about pricing discrepancies to shop around, because there are dealerships in their area that are honoring M.S.R.P.”

GM sent a strong message to dealers to do the right thing and sell the Volt at MSRP. The invoice price is $1800 lower so there is profit built in.

Through an interview with a California dealership the Times found out another new piece of information. GM had banned out-of-state sales.

“For a year now, we’ve had people contacting us from out of state, trying to make a purchase, but G.M. told us in-state-driver sales only,” Paul Galassi, Internet manager for Novato Chevrolet, north of San Francisco told the Times. “It’s sad, honestly, because as a dealership you hate to turn anybody away.”

Considering that early adopters are spread across the nation and the Volt will only go on sale in seven states, attempts to purchase a Volt out-of-state is likely to be robust.

Source ( New York Times )
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