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    Hey all - new member here. We will be in the market for a Volt sometime next spring, but I'm a long term planner and of course have started consuming anything and everything Volt now.

    Anyhow, long story short...we are located in Canada, but the option of buying in the USA is viable if the price was right. Yes, we do have a significant exchange on the dollar now, but from a few prices I'm seeing online with some cursory searches, even after the potential cost of the exchange and driving it home (Obviously I'd have to keep geography in mind) etc, I think I may still save a notable amount of money importing vs buying here.

    So, question is....for a 2012/2013 Volt in the 60-100,000 mile range (I'm not really against a bit of mileage on one, from what I've seen and read so far battery range loss seems minimal even with that sort of milage) what would the members here consider a fair price? I don't really care about loaded, but seat heaters are a necessity, along with PW/PL and the other usual niceties that most would consider "standard" stuff now.

    Everyones thoughts appreciated.

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    By the time you buy next spring, I would guess that $13k-$14k would be the absolute max amount to pay for a fully loaded 2012 or 2013. I bought a loaded 2013 for $15k about a year ago. Good luck!
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    When I was looking about a year ago I found that most of the 13+ models averaged around the 13K range for base and up. Most were lower mileage, dealer offerings. I too was never really concerned much on higher mileage since I've never really had a car with less than 100K already on the clock when I bought it aside from one new car. And since I was looking for a car in California, I also benefited from the better Voltec warranty. I found mine on a craigslist ad this past August which met my budget and had the premium/nav packages that I really wanted. I bought mine with just over 92K. It was clearly well cared for, had full service history as well as the balance of the GMPP warranty for 10,500. At the time the asking price was in line with the trade in value, so I felt I already had a good deal so didn't bother trying to adjust the asking price. Just to add to any data you may be collecting, mine is a fully optioned '13. It may skew your average down a bit since all of my research indicated it was a very very fair price.

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    Hi. First - I'd focus on a '13 as that was the first model to introduce the "Hold" mode option. For a used '12 or '13, I'd expect to pay somewhere between $10k and $14k depending on location, mileage, and options. You can get a relatively low mileage used Volt for a decent price. What does your budget roughly look like?

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    Make sure if you get a 13 the heat works as it should and if it doesn't get it fixed before you take possession of the car or there is warranty to get it repaired.

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    You're not looking for the average price, you want the low priced one. I know someone on this forum who picked up a used volt for $8999. The only thing wrong with it was that it needed some new tires.
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    Thanks everyone for their replies.

    Quote Originally Posted by dannycamps View Post
    Hi. First - I'd focus on a '13 as that was the first model to introduce the "Hold" mode option. For a used '12 or '13, I'd expect to pay somewhere between $10k and $14k depending on location, mileage, and options. You can get a relatively low mileage used Volt for a decent price. What does your budget roughly look like?
    $10K makes it attractive given the extra costs for me importing it, but much more than that and the boundary between importing and just buying from a local dealer gets much blurrier.

    In the end based on what I'm seeing locally, I'm thinking around $15,000CDN which works out to about $11,200USD. I would of course pay taxes on the purchase price at the border, but I'm talking pre-tax dollars. In my train of thought, in order for me to consider it worth the additional cost and hoops of buying south of the border I'd have to be saving at least $1-$2K, so given the prices I'm seeing in this thread....it's hard to say if it'll work out in the end unless I stumble into a situation like llninja mentions below.

    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy327 View Post
    Make sure if you get a 13 the heat works as it should and if it doesn't get it fixed before you take possession of the car or there is warranty to get it repaired.
    Thanks for the heads up.

    The hold mode option is indeed in my head, but my wifes commute is such that she can make it solely on electric, and I have reason to believe we will be able to get a Stage 2 charger setup at her employer, so the trip home will also be electric. Accordingly hold mode isn't a "must have".

    FWIW, I'm familiar with the resistor tricks to avoid/lower the threshhold for ERDTT on the 11's and 12's....just thinking out loud, but I'm guessing someone has also "reversed" this trick and caused the car to engage ERDTT even when it's warm out? As I currently understand things wouldn't this be somewhat equivalent to hold mode? Or is ERDTT less efficient?

    As for the heat issue specific to the 13's, can you elaborate? This isn't something I've read about.

    Quote Originally Posted by llninja View Post
    You're not looking for the average price, you want the low priced one. I know someone on this forum who picked up a used volt for $8999. The only thing wrong with it was that it needed some new tires.
    Fair enough, and you are right - at $9000 we are talking under $12K Canadian...and that would be a hard price to beat on this side of the border. Even if I have to buy new tires before even driving home it would still be attractive.

    Thanks for all the info everyone, keep it coming.

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