So yesterday I finally bought my volt (fully loaded except for nav) after 6 weeks of dealing with four different dealers.(1 local 3 out of state). I want to thank the many forum members, without this forum I fear I would have over paid for a base 2012.
I'll share my exp as of late there has been a lot of discussion about how customers have been treated.
Stingray: unless you are dealing with Charlie don't waste your time. I was working with another sales guy who claimed to handle forum sales with Charlie. This other sales guy was lazy and wouldnt get me any info I needed. Charlie accomplished more in 24 hours then this other sales guy did in 4 weeks. I found the car I wanted but shipping it from Florida to Idaho made it economically impossible to do.
Keyes: I spoke with rick after getting the run around from another sales guy. I was basically told that b/c I live out of state I'm not worth his time. This was frustrating, and turned me off of Keyes. When Shawn started I emailed for assistance, Shawn tried his best but it came down to me hiring a fleet company to pick up the the volt and having them sign for the car- something I wasn't comfortable with.
Chriswell: I spoke with Stefan who was advertising similar prices. Of the three out of town dealerships Stefan worked the hardest to get a deal done, but he was also the most pushy, and condescending. He flat out told me I had to buy within a certain period b/c his boss had a sales promotion.
Peterson: this was my local dealership, when I went in to see the volt I asked about similar pricing. The sales guy laughed at me and said there is no way he would offer pricing like that b/c they sell enough they don't need to drop the price. I left, emailed the GM and got a phone call from the sales manager who told me to find the very best deal nation wide and they'd match it no questions asked. I showed him what Stingray quoted me, Peterson had the same car feature for feature plus the polished wheels. The agreed to sel me the car for the same price regardless. I was surprised and excited. They tried to play the finance shell game but I procured my own rate through ally.
All in all a long and stressful purchase but I'm happy to have my car. Again a lot of thanks to those who provided a wealth of info. One quick disclaimer: I despise buying cars, the whole process and the deception makes me sick. Maybe I'm too hard on these dealers but it's b/c I think the industry is by and large unethical. Take my opinion for what it is.