After trying 3 different dealerships--and getting the run-around at several others--put a deposit down tonight on a '17.
Here are the numbers:
FINAL: 34,000 (+$300 doc fee and sales tax)
Also had some goodwill money from GM + a private offer (for the down payment, not included in the final price).
All-in-all, a fair deal, as I had a special situation trading my Gen 1. I would have kept my Gen 1 forever if I could have, but was in an accident last year and didn't feel good keeping it long term (paint issues + others always seem to crop up). They gave me KBB at "very good" on trade-in which is great for a car with an accident history on carfax.
The car was a "show car" (understandably so, it's beautiful) but was put in service so 6 months already on the warranty clock. However, it only had 250 miles on it so it wasn't used as a demo.
I was disappointed with the selection of Volts (unless you want black, gray, or white + black interior) and drove a couple hours for the car. I wanted Siren Red as it is one of the best red colors I've seen and it really pops with the brandy interior. This was the only Red/Brandy I could find within 300 miles, so glad I could scoop it up.
I will say that overall, I was surprised how little the dealerships were willing to move on price with the 18s coming out. I basically stole my Gen 1 during the same model year changeover a few years ago. This time, one local dealership offered me the SAME 34k deal above for a '17 LT (despite '18s sitting on their lot) with only cloth seats + comfort. I couldn't get them to budge. Getting a Premier for the same price was a no-brainer.
For those looking, the best firm deal in writing I came across for an LT with cloth/comfort was 28K--but the dealership itself was cagey so I walked out. I also got offered 35K on a black/black premier but it was basically a "base" premier with no safety packages.
Could I have gotten a better deal? Maybe--but not on a Red/Brandy. There just aren't any around me.
This one has driver confidence I + II, illuminated charge port, and all the other goodies except ACC. I know a lot of people like ACC but since I've never had it I won't miss it--and will love the range even more.
I'll post some driving impressions after they deliver the car in a couple days (we finished the deal after closing time and the service department was closed to prep the car make sure all updates are completed, etc.).
Thanks to everyone on the board for helping me out as I waded through some of the Gen 2 options.