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We had been waiting another year to join the EV club and we just could not wait given the current deals. Living in Tahoe, snow and cold is an issue during the core of winter, so all of our other cars have been AWD. Most recently we owned 2 Subaru Crosstrek's (17 and 18) plus a first generation 4x4 Tacoma in very good condition. One year from now, my wife will retire and we could drop one Crosstrek commuter.

I am most definitely not a Tesla person, and the dual motor Model 3 was out of our price range. so the Bolt became our next most likely car, and I've watched them since before the initial release. So fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and one of the Subarus was at the dealer for a recall repair (the 6th repair between the two), each with less than 50k miles. I walked down to the Chevy dealer while waiting and noticed some used Bolts at 21K. That got me thinking...and when I looked a week later two were reduced to $17k. So back to the Chevy dealer I went.

I found a 17 Bolt LT with DCFC, CC1 and DC1 packages in white with 29K miles. If you didn't know it was used, you would swear it was brand new. Being certified also meant that it came with some great warranty extensions, hopefully not necessary. Our Subies are killing us being out of warranty at 36K. Drove the car and loved it.

It really came down to the trade in value for the 17 Crosstrek, which seemed to come in around $15 based on some dings, an upholstery tear and worn tires. But the Chevy dealer and Subaru dealer have the same owner, and they wanted the Crosstrek due to the popular color (had a buyer waiting). So straight trade. I just paid T & L and was on my way.

The dealer pointed out that I could get a similar 2020 LT at around $25k but I just didn't see the point. I've owned enough brand new cars.

Given current conditions, I think I can manage 250-300 miles on a charge, almost no freeway. Things will get much worse in the winter, and there will be days where the Tacoma will become necessary. But for now, totally digging the Volt life. Heading back to the Subaru dealer tomorrow for a redo on the last "repair" that didn't fix the issue.
 

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The Bolt is such a great car. It’s an amazing deal new and you’re right, the used ones are so reasonable now it’s insane. Welcome!
 

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That's a fantastic deal, trade wise, welcome and enjoy!

Not sure if your dealer replaced the tires with OEM tires, I would suggest snows in the winter or fresh OEM tires. I have been very pleased with the OEM tires here in Upstate NY winters, with the Bolt traction control, and the even weight distribution.

Anyway, welcome, glad that you were able to go electric!
 

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We had been waiting another year to join the EV club and we just could not wait given the current deals. Living in Tahoe, snow and cold is an issue during the core of winter, so all of our other cars have been AWD. Most recently we owned 2 Subaru Crosstrek's (17 and 18) plus a first generation 4x4 Tacoma in very good condition. One year from now, my wife will retire and we could drop one Crosstrek commuter.

I am most definitely not a Tesla person, and the dual motor Model 3 was out of our price range. so the Bolt became our next most likely car, and I've watched them since before the initial release. So fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and one of the Subarus was at the dealer for a recall repair (the 6th repair between the two), each with less than 50k miles. I walked down to the Chevy dealer while waiting and noticed some used Bolts at 21K. That got me thinking...and when I looked a week later two were reduced to $17k. So back to the Chevy dealer I went.

I found a 17 Bolt LT with DCFC, CC1 and DC1 packages in white with 29K miles. If you didn't know it was used, you would swear it was brand new. Being certified also meant that it came with some great warranty extensions, hopefully not necessary. Our Subies are killing us being out of warranty at 36K. Drove the car and loved it.

It really came down to the trade in value for the 17 Crosstrek, which seemed to come in around $15 based on some dings, an upholstery tear and worn tires. But the Chevy dealer and Subaru dealer have the same owner, and they wanted the Crosstrek due to the popular color (had a buyer waiting). So straight trade. I just paid T & L and was on my way.

The dealer pointed out that I could get a similar 2020 LT at around $25k but I just didn't see the point. I've owned enough brand new cars.

Given current conditions, I think I can manage 250-300 miles on a charge, almost no freeway. Things will get much worse in the winter, and there will be days where the Tacoma will become necessary. But for now, totally digging the Volt life. Heading back to the Subaru dealer tomorrow for a redo on the last "repair" that didn't fix the issue.
I'm down in the Sacramento area and the Bolt and its tires have little grip even on dry pavement. Thankfully you mentioned that you have other vehicles because I cannot see you using the Bolt up there in the winter. Plus, according to the owners manual on page 298, you're not suppose to use tire chains (maybe cables though?). I have no doubt you know what's best for you since you live up there, but I thought I'd mention it.

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If chains were needed, I would be driving the Tacoma. Pretty much every modern car says no chains...cables only.
 

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Anecdotal accounts from some Canadian and other snowy residents indicate the Bolt acquits itself very well in snow with the right tires.
 

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For those of us who own, this gives us an idea of what to expect when we sell our 2020s in a few years, although I expect a somewhat steeper depreciation due to the expected 2022 refresh. Got my LT at just over $24k (+tax/registration) including CC, DC and DCFC.
 

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For those of us who own, this gives us an idea of what to expect when we sell our 2020s in a few years, although I expect a somewhat steeper depreciation due to the expected 2022 refresh. Got my LT at just over $24k (+tax/registration) including CC, DC and DCFC.
In a few years I have to believe that at least a few used car specialists are going to realize how much more valuable EVs are than their ICE counterparts (same year, same mileage). In the meantime, current used EV prices are an absolute steal.
 
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