2013 Chevrolet Volt
My New Chevy Volt!
My lease is running out on my 2011 E350 Diesel Mercedes. So, I want to find a car that is more affordable and uses less gas. A friend of mine has a Chevrolet Volt so I decided to take a look. On my way home from work on Friday I stopped into the dealership. I met a great sales person there who told me a lot of great information about the car and answered all of my questions. He even invited me to take a test drive. That really did it for me! The car is totally cute, gets 250mpg and goes 40 miles before it needs a charge to run on electric only. So, I am so excited for this car I decided to create a lens where I will share my experience in hopefully purchasing this car!
*Update* I am getting a new job and you get a car. They give you some kind of hybrid. So, I will let you know later what I ended up getting!
*Update 2* I found out I will be getting a Ford Fusion. I will try to create a lens about it once I get it!
**All images are mine on this lens unless otherwise noted.
My Test Drive
So we went on a test drive. I had to give my license and phone number. Then we went out to the lot and drove the fun sports model with the chili red details. I road in the passenger seat while the sales person drove. He explained very thoroughly how all the controls worked and how the engine worked. A full charge allows you to drive for 40 miles without the gas coming into play. There is small gas tank. The gas energy doesn't propel the car but the gas charges the battery that is responsible for the car running!
You can charge the car with a normal outlet. It takes about 10 hours for the car to charge all the way. If you install a 220v outlet you can get a special plug which allows the car to charge fully in 4 hours. I think not only is this the way to go it will also be a plus for our house if we ever sell it! Comes with an electric vehicle charging station.
The car allows you to ride in the HOV lane even if you are driving alone! (that can be a BIG plus in Los Angeles)
On average the car we were driving was getting 250 miles per gallon! He said most people only fill up the tank about 1 time a month. My savings on gas alone would be amazing. I currently fill up my car about 3.5 times a month at about 75 dollars a pop. That means a potential savings of 262 dollars a month or 3,150 dollars a year.
I got to drive the car as well. I found out that the car is very silent when you start it and drive it. There is a separate horn that you can use when you are driving silently to warn people that isn't as loud as the normal horn. The car drove really well. There were different settings so it can run either in normal mode, sport and mountain.
The only drawbacks I found with the car were:
- the seats are manual. (did I tell you I have an E 350?)
- there is no moon roof! (they weigh a lot so to not having one makes them more efficient)
- backseat to trunk no separation (you can buy an insert)
- sports seats (I need to lose some weight!)
All in all, I'm very excited and am anxiously awaiting the end of my lease. I will save a ton of money both in payments and in fuel costs!
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Some Great Videos About The Volt
What Kind Of Car Will You Buy Next?
So - are you going with regular gas/diesel or will you get an electric car?
What I LOVE About Volt!
I will save up to $3,000 a year on fuel costs!
Items For Chevy Volt
These are some items I think might be good for your your Volt or that I may even be wanting to get for mine!
If you want to keep your car looking fresh and new these are a MUST have!
If you are a sports enthusiast you might want to think about these!
Share your excitement with the kids in your life.
I'm definitely getting this. It keeps the back seat out of the 'trunk' area.
Love to hear about how much you love your Volt or if you are just interested. Share your experiences and thoughts.