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Hi all. Long time lurker but have signed up now we are in the market for a 2nd hand Chevy Volt for the wife.

Firstly sorry no Amperas, I like them, the wife hates the front styling so it's Volts only.

We have up to £16k to spend sitting in our bank account waiting. Initially this was to buy a 2012 Volt in Silver 29k, at a Manchester Camero dealer for £16k but by the time we got the funds together it was sold.

Reading on here and asking around I know with the Chevrolet withdrawal from the UK and the lack of interest in the second hand market for EV's that Trade in prices are poor for Volts 18 months - 30 months old.

So if you are thinking of trading in your Volt and have a crap offer for the trade in please PM me here with your phone number and some details on the car.

Criteria :

Volt only, no Ampera.

£16k max to spend

Must be 30k or under miles (or pretty close)

Must be a 12 plate or newer under 2 1/2 years old

No Black cars (Pref Silver)

As we have the cash burning a hole in our pockets and the loan payments start coming out next month we are keen to buy asap as this is pretty much being financed over six years 90% with the savings we currently spend on Fuel and Road Tax annually. The wife gets free EV charging at work (2 bays 18 months old never used yet) and we can charge at home. With her 55 mile daily round trip we are looking at 95% pure EV use.

Thanks

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I am sure you will find one at the price you are looking at. Saw one for the first time in the flesh at the weekend and it looks great. Thought the rear was better than the Ampera rear but my worry is Chevrolet leaving the UK market and what this does to servicing issues and residuals. Good luck with your search - have you looked at the ones on Motorpoint's website. More money but newer and less mileage last time I looked.
 
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I think £16k is ambitious:( about £17.5k is the cheapest I have seen. Our Volt is exactly what you are after and I have to say it is the best car we have ever owned. My wife also hates the look of the Ampera, infact she says the front looks like the face of the Preditor.
We arn't worried about servicing, Cambridge Chevrolet ( now MG and Subaru) have guaranteed to keep up all of our servicing and warranty work. It might be worth giving them a ring to see if they can still source Volts as they really know their stuff.

18500 miles at 156 mpg
 

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I think £16k is ambitious:( about £17.5k is the cheapest I have seen. Our Volt is exactly what you are after and I have to say it is the best car we have ever owned. My wife also hates the look of the Ampera, infact she says the front looks like the face of the Preditor.
We arn't worried about servicing, Cambridge Chevrolet ( now MG and Subaru) have guaranteed to keep up all of our servicing and warranty work. It might be worth giving them a ring to see if they can still source Volts as they really know their stuff.

18500 miles at 156 mpg
£16k is realistic as it was based on one for sale at a Camero dealer only 1 month ago. Silver, 29k , 2012 plate, full history £16k. Buy the time we had popped to the local dealer (40 miles!) for a test drive (to ensure she liked it) , waited for here to return to work (maternity leave) to confirm free charging, and sorted the finance it was sold!! Was also an Ampera in Scotland with 31k for £16k.

So it looks like the trade retail price for a 12 plate with the late 20's early 30's mileage is around £16k. If £16k is the retail trade in must be what, £12-13k max.

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Only two left at Motorpoint

http://www.motorpoint.co.uk/VehicleSearch/CHEVROLET/VOLT

one 13 plate at £17,999, one 12 plate at £17,500
We have offered £16k for the 12 plate already but they wont budge, yet! Mileage is very low on that. Hence we are looking for around 30k miles as this drops the price quite a bit.

The reason for the criteria is that we will keep the car 6 years, the wife does 12k miles p/a. So with 2 years old and 30k or less miles we can keep 6 years ownership within the 8 years and 100k battery warrenty period.

After that it's paid for out of fuel cost and car tax savings so will be free in year seven, so if the battery dies not such a biggy. However I suspect with the Volts thermal battery management these will still be going well with 30-40 miles EV range in 20 years time! Long term we would like to have it 10 years with years 7-10 pretty much free motoring.

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We have offered £16k for the 12 plate already but they wont budge, yet! Mileage is very low on that. Hence we are looking for around 30k miles as this drops the price quite a bit.

The reason for the criteria is that we will keep the car 6 years, the wife does 12k miles p/a. So with 2 years old and 30k or less miles we can keep 6 years ownership within the 8 years and 100k battery warrenty period.

After that it's paid for out of fuel cost and car tax savings so will be free in year seven, so if the battery dies not such a biggy. However I suspect with the Volts thermal battery management these will still be going well with 30-40 miles EV range in 20 years time! Long term we would like to have it 10 years with years 7-10 pretty much free motoring.

M

Good luck.T
he Volt is my wife's daily driver, she is doing about 15k miles a year and she love's the car. If you can pick one up for that sort of money it probably means my car is worth less than the remaining finance.:(
 

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I am in the market for an Ampera rather than a Volt for the opposite reason that I like the front end.
It wasn't the "Hybrid" feature that attracted me but the styling and very good interior finish. If there were affordable electric only cars to the same standard I would have looked seriously at them but I cannot see myself as a Leaf driver as it is much too bland looking. Such a pity.
Regarding future servicing, surely Vauxhall dealerships will service the Volt as the Ampera is a Volt anyway in different clothes.
 

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With that kind of commute have you considered the Leaf - plenty of year old Tekna spec ones around under £16k.
 

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With that kind of commute have you considered the Leaf - plenty of year old Tekna spec ones around under £16k.
Wife wants no range issues vs her current 2002 BMW 320iSE (LPG Conversion). So the leaf wont cut it. She is happy to do pure EV during the weekly commute but if she wants to drive half way accross the country at weekends she just wants to come in and go.

Plus she is not a fan of the quirky EV styling such as the leaf. The Volt was the first EV I showed her that she thought was "normal looking". Basically she likes the EV running costs and drive, but wants a "stealth EV" as much as possible so as not to be to different. Plus it's the level of Thermal battery management in the Volt but not in the Leaf that ticks my boxes.

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Fair enough - it seems that the Volt would be a great fit for her needs. With regards thermal management - not really an issue in the UK unless you are doing multiple rapid charges on a daily basis. Even then, there is a user on Leaftalk who has done over 60k miles in his Gen 1 Leaf with daily rapid charging and still has all 12 battery capacity bars remaining.



Wife want's no range issues vs her current 2002 BMW 320iSE (LPG Conversion). So the leaf wont cut it. She is happy to do pure EV during the weekly commute but if she wants to drive half way accross the country at weekends she just wants to come in and go.

Plus she is not a fan of the quirky EV styling such as the leaf. The Volt was the first EV I showed her that she thought was "normal looking". Basically she likes the EV running costs and drive, but wants a "stealth EV" as much as possible so as not to be to different. Plus it's the level of Thermal battery management in the Volt but not in the Leaf that ticks my boxes.

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Wife want's no range issues vs her current 2002 BMW 320iSE (LPG Conversion). So the leaf wont cut it. She is happy to do pure EV during the weekly commute but if she wants to drive half way accross the country at weekends she just wants to come in and go.

Plus she is not a fan of the quirky EV styling such as the leaf. The Volt was the first EV I showed her that she thought was "normal looking". Basically she likes the EV running costs and drive, but wants a "stealth EV" as much as possible so as not to be to different. Plus it's the level of Thermal battery management in the Volt but not in the Leaf that ticks my boxes.

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I am with you on the whole battery management method that GM has taken.
I think they have probably played it far too safe (good thing) and IMO the battery is likely to outlast the rest of the EV's on the market as not only is there heat management but also the car won't let you use the first or last 20% of its capacity.
 

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Yes we may stretch the extra grand for this as it's only got 15k on the clock seems fair value for and extra years less mileage. We have put down the £300 refundable deposit and will view on the weekend. About 160 mile round trip to where this is in derby.

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Hi all. Long time lurker but have signed up now we are in the market for a 2nd hand Chevy Volt for the wife.

Firstly sorry no Amperas, I like them, the wife hates the front styling so it's Volts only.

We have up to £16k to spend sitting in our bank account waiting. Initially this was to buy a 2012 Volt in Silver 29k, at a Manchester Camero dealer for £16k but by the time we got the funds together it was sold.

Reading on here and asking around I know with the Chevrolet withdrawal from the UK and the lack of interest in the second hand market for EV's that Trade in prices are poor for Volts 18 months - 30 months old.

So if you are thinking of trading in your Volt and have a crap offer for the trade in please PM me here with your phone number and some details on the car.

Criteria :

Volt only, no Ampera.

£16k max to spend

Must be 30k or under miles (or pretty close)

Must be a 12 plate or newer under 2 1/2 years old

No Black cars (Pref Silver)

As we have the cash burning a hole in our pockets and the loan payments start coming out next month we are keen to buy asap as this is pretty much being financed over six years 90% with the savings we currently spend on Fuel and Road Tax annually. The wife gets free EV charging at work (2 bays 18 months old never used yet) and we can charge at home. With her 55 mile daily round trip we are looking at 95% pure EV use.

Thanks

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Did the deal today. So not looking anymore. We are now the owners of a white 12 plate Volt, with15k on the clock. Had to stretch the budget to £17k, but got half the mileage we where aiming for. Cheers everyone for all the advice and comments. M
 

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Delighted you got it. Supply of Volts in the UK is so limited I had been searching for you most days to see if any new ones came up for sale. That way I picked up on the price drop and really thought it was the best option for you.

Looking forward to some photos :)

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