I have read daily on this site since the days of the "Electric Camaro". I'm not the one to be the first for anything and had planned that some day I would get an electric vehicle, no real plan and then read of another Florida resident buying a volt from a dealer near me so I went and took a look.
The short version is I have leased a base 2012, went for the lease as I don't qualify for the tax credit and did a one payment lease, so for the next 3 years I get to drive a new volt without any tax or ownership worry's.
FYI, if I had done a regular lease, they payments would have be about 383/month including everything ( did 10K miles a year )
Now, my reason for posting is WHY I did this ...
With the recent bad press on the Volt battery fires and the non-stop attacks from the press I felt that I could make the most difference by buying a Volt and adding +1 to the sold column. Now, my trade-in was a 2010 Fusion, which was a great car, got great mileage, no complaints what so ever.
I didn't do this for saving money on gas as I don't drive a whole lot. I did this to support American engineering and manufacturing and as a bonus, for the 5 days I have had the car I am floored about the driving experience, which is just a rush every time I drive
So to the doubters, haters and ones with motives that sit behind a key board a spew rubbish, take that!, I bought a volt and I am a true patriot for doing it! ( maybe we should have bumper stickers like this )
The dealership, Stringray Chevrolet in Plant City Florida, doesn't do much to sell them, they don't know the technology benefits and all the cars on the lot are at 0 miles charge, I have suggested they take one every night and 120V charge them so test drives can experience EV driving, but there prices are best in the State, they sell at invoice including the dealer hold-back, mine listed at 40,589 purchase price was 38700 which was then used to do the Ali bank Lease deal, but I did one payment using the trade-in so payment free for the lease term.
They we helpful, easy to deal with and have 6 others on the lot. I get nothing out of mentioning them but the local dealer wanted MSRP plus 1K of "pin strips / wax and shine", so it might help someone knowing there are deals for the asking in the Tampabay area
Hopefully the December sales numbers will be better, I did my part!