This week I had to cover for 2 employees at work as well as my regular job, my wife and my youngest two children are at a cottage so I had to maintain the household, and I had to look in on my 89 year old father-in-law. To top all that off my 2007 Saturn Aura's engine failed and needed to be replaced (ouch). Well with little spare time, I had to make a decision. Was I going to pay to replace the engine in the Saturn which would take about a week, or attempt to trade it in for a new car?
I went to Chevrolet’s volt website and found a lease deal with $2,479 due at signing, $249/month with 12,000 miles per year allowance. This is a best case scenario. I sent out emails from the site to 3 local dealerships. All responded with the usual initial email. I replied to all three detailing what I was looking for a bit better. Two replied, one lease was for 27 month 10,000 miles per year with $3500.00 down for 27 months and $405.00/month payments which was partly due to the car being fully loaded. Well with my oldest in college that was not doable as they wanted nothing to do with my deceased Saturn. The other dealer actually indicated they might be interested in using the Saturn as a trade in for the down payment. So after sending 24 pictures and the VIN so they should check Car Fax, they agreed to take the car for the down payment on the lease. The deal was not quite as good as the Chevy website, but I needed a car. The lease was 24 months with 10,000 miles per year allowance and a payment of $268.00 per month. This works or me as I barely put 6-7,000 miles on in a year. Also as it turns out the engine wasn't quite as bad as they thought so they may actually give me a few thousand more back by check! What is the point of all this? I am now the proud leaser of a 2012 White Chevy Volt! Something I thought I'd have to wait a bit for. It is a "basic" model with no Bose stereo, cloth seats, standard wheels, and no backup mirror. Having said that the seats are still quite comfortable and nice, the stereo is just fine, and honestly I don't know why you would need a backup camera in a compact. The lower rear window is quite effective. As for the wheels, they still look nice, just not as shiny.
My impressions of the car so far are that it is extremely quiet with the radio off as many here can attest to. I am getting really used to (and loving) the keyless operation. Walk up to the car, push the silver button on the door handle to unlock/lock the doors, push the start button to start/stop very cool. The start up and shutdown sounds are pretty cool as is the sound the car makes after you get in and close the door. I find the controls pretty intuitive although it does take a bit to get used to. I’m in IT so perhaps I take to this better than some. One ding (a minor one) for me is the rear view mirror is located either too close to the top of the window, or the roof console sticks out to far, impeding the rear view a bit. Otherwise the car handles well, and is quite comfortable. I’m playing with the “L” driving setting and somewhat enjoying minimal use of the brakes. The OnStar RemoteLink app is wonderful. One thing I would recommend is that OnStar put a “call OnStar” button in the app. Overall the car moves through traffic effortlessly. Very glad to be a Volt leaser and now can better understand some of the comments made here. I would have to say that the gm-volt website has allowed this to be a well informed purchase. A warm thanks to everyone here.