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I was going to buy an Ampera. I've been driving a Prius for 10+ years and though the Ampera was a far better car. I first saw and drove the Ampera at an event called EcoVelocity in 2011.

I recently drove several Amperas and concluded they were 'the car for me'. However, I did some further research and concluded that the Vauxhall Ampera and the Chevy Volt would make a very risky purchase - delightful though the cars were.

Looking back at the Ebay sold and completed listings, three cars were withdrawn after failing to sell (not even one bid) - and one was at a very low price of £6500.
12 Ampera's went unsold, whilst two sold - one at £6000.

I had originally had a 'web-chat' with the Vauxhaul Ampera specialist nearest me - I asked what they offered the Ampera owner. The reply was "Sorry sir, we only service Vauxhall cars". I sent emails to the named service managers of two Vauxhall dealers listed as Ampera specialists. (I phoned and asked for the service managers email address.) I asked them what services they offered the Vauxhall Ampera owner and if could they rescue me if the car failed to start one morning. I also asked about parts availability. Two weeks later neither had bothered to reply.

Incidentally, I did the same with two Chevy dealers - phoned before to get their email address and asked the same questions about the Volt. Again, no replies.

I contacted an interdependent garage near me who specialised in EV & hybrid cars. I asked the same questions. His reply included the following words - copy & pasted: "We look after 6 or 7 Amperas but Vauxhall's commitment is shocking regards to obtaining parts ..... parts are quite limited .... most parts have to come from Germany.... I have been waiting 4 weeks for a passenger mirror assembly for one at present .... absolutely no support from Luton, you really are on your own ...."

So, lovely cars but I'll stick to brands that have some after sales support.
 

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Where about in the country are you?
Our Volt is serviced by MG Cambridge (originally a Chevy dealer)where we bought the car. They have been faultless and really know the cars inside out.....
 

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Our Volt is serviced by MG Cambridge (originally a Chevy dealer)where we bought the car. They have been faultless and really know the cars inside out.....
Nice to know they are still doing Volts, they did our gearbox bearing under Voltec warrenty FOC in 2015.
 

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Where about in the country are you?
Our Volt is serviced by MG Cambridge (originally a Chevy dealer)where we bought the car. They have been faultless and really know the cars inside out.....
I'm in North West Surrey. The two Vauxhall Ampera dealers I contacted were in Wimbledon and in Newcastle - where I travel to frequently.
 

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You are only about 50 miles from Bellingers at Wantage, aurguably the best Ampera / Volt specialist in the county. You cannot get better support than that available from them. I am a little further away than you but have used them and been very satisfied. My Volt only has a little over a year of it's Voltec warranty left but I will be keeping it for several more years yet.
 

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I was going to buy an Ampera. I've been driving a Prius for 10+ years and though the Ampera was a far better car. I first saw and drove the Ampera at an event called EcoVelocity in 2011.

I recently drove several Amperas and concluded they were 'the car for me'. However, I did some further research and concluded that the Vauxhall Ampera and the Chevy Volt would make a very risky purchase - delightful though the cars were.

Looking back at the Ebay sold and completed listings, three cars were withdrawn after failing to sell (not even one bid) - and one was at a very low price of £6500.
12 Ampera's went unsold, whilst two sold - one at £6000.

I had originally had a 'web-chat' with the Vauxhaul Ampera specialist nearest me - I asked what they offered the Ampera owner. The reply was "Sorry sir, we only service Vauxhall cars". I sent emails to the named service managers of two Vauxhall dealers listed as Ampera specialists. (I phoned and asked for the service managers email address.) I asked them what services they offered the Vauxhall Ampera owner and if could they rescue me if the car failed to start one morning. I also asked about parts availability. Two weeks later neither had bothered to reply.

Incidentally, I did the same with two Chevy dealers - phoned before to get their email address and asked the same questions about the Volt. Again, no replies.

I contacted an interdependent garage near me who specialised in EV & hybrid cars. I asked the same questions. His reply included the following words - copy & pasted: "We look after 6 or 7 Amperas but Vauxhall's commitment is shocking regards to obtaining parts ..... parts are quite limited .... most parts have to come from Germany.... I have been waiting 4 weeks for a passenger mirror assembly for one at present .... absolutely no support from Luton, you really are on your own ...."

So, lovely cars but I'll stick to brands that have some after sales support.
Shocking isn't it.

Arguably the best car sold in the UK for decades, and they dodge it like a hated distant relative. It should be a crime, that sort of behaviour.
 
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