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I had been in talks with a few dealerships around Arkansas and even into Texas about getting a Volt. When the 2011 colors were announced. I knew that I wanted a Cyber Gray Metallic Volt. Since Arkansas was not able to get an allocation for 2011, I was willing to wait for 2012. Then 2012 colors were announced without the Cyber Gray, so I liked the Blue Topaz the best; however, "late availablilty" is too vague. Some dealerships said that they would not be surprised if that mean Jan 2012; therefore, I started looking up where I could possibly find a 2011 Cyber Gray Volt. Within 500 miles of me, there were just 2. The Volt in Tyler, TX was a demo model that was not for sale yet. The Volt at James Wood Motors in Decatur, TX was still available.

I went to their website and the "chat box" came up in the browser asking if I wanted to be connected, so I chatted with Sharon Ballard about the Volt (3747), and gave her my email address and phone number. Before the day was over, I had been approved for financing and was planning my trip (over 400 miles) to pick up my Volt. My wife already had plans, and my mother-in-law had our kids for the day, and I wanted to have my dad come with me. My dad is a retired Chevrolet new car salesman (he retired in 2010 after 35+ years of selling Chevrolets!). We rented a car from Hertz (cheapest 1 day, 1 way rental we could find) in Little Rock, AR and set out for DFW airport where James Wood Motors sent a driver to pick us up and take us to the dealership that is about 45 minutes away.

It was very simple to buy the car from James Wood Motors, and I was even able to get a good deal (under MSRP). The heat, however, was almost unbearable (over 100 F and a heat index over 110 F). With a nearly full charge and a tank of gas we went back to Arkansas. With the AC blasting the whole way, the radio cranked up, and playing around with all of the driving modes, we were still able to average 34 MPG for over 400 miles. After charging back up, I used 0 Gas the rest of the weekend.

Today was my first commute to work. It was pouring rain the whole trip, and traffic was crazy. That made for a very good test for the Volt. I went 50.5 miles: 37.3 electric and 13.1 on gas for a grand total of 155 MPG with the XM radio on half volume and the AC on Eco and driving in normal mode switching between D and L. My office at the Verizon Wireless headquarters in Little Rock is going to let me plug into a 120V outlet that is on the corner of their building. I really hope that I can continue to get this mileage and even better. This is the best car that I have ever driven!

Is there anyone else in Arkansas with a Volt?
 

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Welcome to the Cyber Gray club!! And congratulations on getting your Volt at such a great price. [hint of envy leaks out]

Now, just drive your Volt in Low at all times, and you'll be a full-fledged memeber of the team!!!
 
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Congratulations on your purchase Arkansas_Volt! We're happy to hear you found a Cyber Gray one (there are very few left out there for sale). Thanks for the kind words, we hope you enjoy!
 

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Congrats! I have the Cyber Gray as well and also charge at work. Being able to charge up at work is really going to help you out because otherwise the Volt may not have been the best car for that 100 mile daily commute.

You may not be able to get a full charge up at work given that you will be fully depleted but it will be intesting to see what your numbers are after a full week of this commute will be. Also, it would be interesting to see what the savings is compared to the car you used to commute in. 100 miles a day must have been quite expensive in gas.
 

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BTW... dealership info.

James Wood Motors
2111 S HWY 287
Decatur, TX 76234

I dealt with Sharon Ballard "Internet Sales Specialist". (940) 231-2993 or use the chat on their website. I was able to get the Volt under MSRP. Excellent buying experience!
 

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Try remote starting the volt about 5-10 minutes before you leave for work in the morning. For me this has added several miles to the electric portion of my commute. I got 45.8 miles on battery last week when it in 80s on my way in to work. By pre-cooling while still plugged in the car was already cool and I was able to leave the climate control on auto with econ mode and temp set to 72.
 

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Congrats. I'm curious what your dad thought of the Volt with his many years with Chevrolet?!? First deal under MSRP that I've heard of perhaps having your dad there had some help with that (35+ years!).
 

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Thank you all for the congrats.

Kup said:
Being able to charge up at work is really going to help you out because otherwise the Volt may not have been the best car for that 100 mile daily commute.
If I was not able to plug in, I would have to keep what I had until something else came out. However, my Malibu did not get all that bad mileage - 30+ with a V6. The savings will still be pretty big. I was spending about $12 round trip per commute in the Malibu. In the Volt, I should be less than $4 counting electricity (6.7 cents/kwh).

detroitsongbird said:
Try remote starting the volt about 5-10 minutes before you leave for work in the morning.
excellent advice. I will do that for sure.

scottf200 said:
Congrats. I'm curious what your dad thought of the Volt with his many years with Chevrolet?!? First deal under MSRP that I've heard of perhaps having your dad there had some help with that (35+ years!).
My dad was amazed with the Volt! He had sold a few of the new Camaro's, Buick's, and Cadillac's before, but nothing this advanced. They may be clearing the lot for the 2012 allocations. They also have a White Diamond Volt in the showroom under MSRP.
 

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The heat, however, was almost unbearable (over 100 F and a heat index over 110 F). With a nearly full charge and a tank of gas we went back to Arkansas. With the AC blasting the whole way, the radio cranked up, and playing around with all of the driving modes, we were still able to average 34 MPG for over 400 miles
Although we don't get quite as hot as your 100 degrees or more here in S.E. Florida, I'm sure you will get some very good battery miles on your Volt. For example, last Tuesday I got 45.1 mile battery range on the highway, with the outside temp indicating 91degrees. When I keep the speed no greater than 60mph I am able to achieve better than 40 electric miles...usually 43-45 miles.
If you drive 50 miles, the remaining 10 miles will consume approx .25 gallon. The drive home battery distance will be determined by how much charge you can get in 8-9 hours at work, but all-in-all your future MPGs should put a smile on your face, and, keep a lot of petro bucks where they belong.... in your pocket!

Steve in Boca Raton #313
 
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