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I'm sure you're right. The dealer's behaviour was bizarre. They had an Ampera in the showroom, but kept giving me some cock and bull story about them not being authorised to sell the Ampera, they were only allowed to have it on display. The sales chap tried his hardest to get me to buy any other Vauxhall, and refused point blank to let me buy an Ampera. It was really the most strange behaviour I've ever seen from any car dealer ever.
The Ampera was just bait to get you into the showroom and it worked. Common sales tactic. Bait and switch.
 

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I bought a 'new' Citroen in 2004 and much later with a bit of detective work discovered it had been manufactured in 2002. Thankfully I think it had been dry stored but the exhaust did need replacement rather quickly for a 'new' car. Discounts are not charity there is always a reason.

There was no discount, all I wanted to do was order a new Ampera and the dealer simply did not want to sell one. No idea why.
 

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It sounds like there is a deal to be done here if you're not completely put off by it. The dealer will be desperate to shift it and this must be reflected in the price. It will be an old model year but the software can be updated to a point, depending on what car it is.

I leased a Prius Plugin as a company car in 2014 and when it arrived, I found a few rusty hose clips and cobwebs! The date of manufacture of the seatbelt label was 2012. The 12v battery only lasted 6 months and was swapped under warranty, but other than that the car was fine. I didn't get a chance to see the car before it was ordered as you would with a dealer.
 

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Depends on the car. Some are missing hardware which means they can't ever have features of the later cars.

For a car like that it should be used price with a discount as being unused is worse than regular normal use. I'd also want a brand new 12v battery fitted and a report into the traction battery health. If they're that desperate to sell it they will.

I suspect they'll just pre reg what they don't sell and they'll end up on forecourts and bought by the unwary anyway. Use them first for a few months as dealer runabouts and nobody would know the mileage was all done in the last few months and they'd been stood around for years.
 

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I purchased an Etron at the end of July 21, that had entered the country 12 months earlier, and clearly sat around somewhere (presumably a consequence of various lockdowns). It was registered by Amersham Audi themselves in March 21, and had done 105 miles when I took it for a test drive. It is a 'launch' vehicle (for 2020) and is therefore quite well loaded with extras. As far as I can tell, the main battery is fine and the range pretty much what others say they get. Nothing about it says it's any less than a brand new car.
I was happy to agree a price of 28% off list when I bought it, and would be happy to repeat the experience again should it present itself in the future.
 

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The only concern I would have would be was it damaged in transit and sitting around waiting for parts for a repair.
 

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There was no discount, all I wanted to do was order a new Ampera and the dealer simply did not want to sell one. No idea why.
Suppose he'd sold his first and only Ampera to you; presumably he'd be required to service it? Which in turn would have meant the dealer paying to get one of his technicians expensively trained up for high voltage work, buying 1kV insulated gloves, plus whatever other specialist stuff that went with Amperas. I rather think the dealer didn't want to have t fork out for all that overhead!

I think GM tried to make things a bit more tempting for Vx dealers to modernise, by tricks such as making it impossible to order extras like Ampera carpets, Ampera touch-up paint etc from "ordinary" Vx dealers, only from those who had signed up & become "authorised" Ampera service agents. Obvs not tempting enough to that dino-dealer!

I ordered these extras & an Ampera boot-mat from my local Vx dealer, who happily placed the order & took my payment, only for him to contact me 24 hours later with "computer says no" and a full refund!
 

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Suppose he'd sold his first and only Ampera to you; presumably he'd be required to service it? Which in turn would have meant the dealer paying to get one of his technicians expensively trained up for high voltage work, buying 1kV insulated gloves, plus whatever other specialist stuff that went with Amperas. I rather think the dealer didn't want to have t fork out for all that overhead!

I think GM tried to make things a bit more tempting for Vx dealers to modernise, by tricks such as making it impossible to order extras like Ampera carpets, Ampera touch-up paint etc from "ordinary" Vx dealers, only from those who had signed up & become "authorised" Ampera service agents. Obvs not tempting enough to that dino-dealer!

I ordered these extras & an Ampera boot-mat from my local Vx dealer, who happily placed the order & took my payment, only for him to contact me 24 hours later with "computer says no" and a full refund!

That makes a lot of sense, and fits with what he told me about him "not being authorised" to sell me one. Perhaps that dealer just hadn't invested in training, equipment, etc to look after them.
 

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Suppose he'd sold his first and only Ampera to you; presumably he'd be required to service it? Which in turn would have meant the dealer paying to get one of his technicians expensively trained up for high voltage work, buying 1kV insulated gloves, plus whatever other specialist stuff that went with Amperas. I rather think the dealer didn't want to have t fork out for all that overhead!

I think GM tried to make things a bit more tempting for Vx dealers to modernise, by tricks such as making it impossible to order extras like Ampera carpets, Ampera touch-up paint etc from "ordinary" Vx dealers, only from those who had signed up & become "authorised" Ampera service agents. Obvs not tempting enough to that dino-dealer!

I ordered these extras & an Ampera boot-mat from my local Vx dealer, who happily placed the order & took my payment, only for him to contact me 24 hours later with "computer says no" and a full refund!
Worked wonders for "Bellingers" @ Wantage. As well as being a Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet dealership, in 2012-2015, they invested, trained and retained their 400v Techies, who became the defacto Ampera and Volt specialists for most of the UK (they have customers who bring Ampera's down from Scotland for work!!!) , and now Vauxhall are selling the e-Corsa and Mokka-e from 2020/21 they are already fully set with techies and equipement for HV systems.
 

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The only concern I would have would be was it damaged in transit and sitting around waiting for parts for a repair.
Under normal circunmstances I would agree, but the lockdowns make it eminently believeable that it couldn't be sold in 2020. Moot point whether a main dealer is legally required to declare any sort of repair. The only problem I have been able to identify is the granny charging cable was missing, which I didn't spot till I got home. According to Audi, the rather scruffy one they gave me when I pointed out that a charging cable is a rather important accessory to the owner of an all electric car is 'we found this one and so it must belong to the car you bought!'
 
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