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How to buy a Chevy Volt for the price of a new Kia Optima

When Al Shirley, 66, brought his Buick Lacross for a routine service he didn’t know he would end up buying a Chevy Volt, but the 99 MPG on the EV’s window sticker left him amazed.

I am 66 years old and have been retired from the Air National Guard since 2004. I live near a lake in Midwestern Mn. The closest city, Fargo, ND, is about 60 miles away. Most of our shopping can be done in smaller area towns, all within 20 miles of my home.

My wife and I brought our 2005 Buick Lacrosse to a Chevrolet/Buick dealership for routine service. We got a cup of coffee and walked over to the new car showroom. Outside the showroom, we spotted an interesting looking car and saw the window sticker said 99 mpg. What? A salesman came out and told us a little about the car and asked if we wanted to take it for a drive? With time to kill, we said sure. It was sporty and fun to drive and the estimated combo mileage figure was still dancing in our heads, but the 43k sticker price pretty much spoiled the party.

When we returned the car, the salesman told us about the 7500.00 tax credit for plug- in cars. We had told the salesman in the beginning that we were just in for service and we had worked with another salesman on our previous Buick purchase. We thanked him and went home.

We had been pricing out KIA Optimas, Honda Accords and even a Hyundai hybrid, but were wanting to wait till wife retired at the end of the year. The wife’s retirement was going to require partially getting a “lump sum” payment and we were concerned about taxes. Tax credit you say? Then 2013 Volt prices dropped 5k because the 2014 Volt sticker prices dropped 5k.

Then GM had another 500.00 end of the year clearance incentive. So 43,000, minus 5000, minus 7500 (tax credit), minus 500 equals 30,000 dollars.


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