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bongobro

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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2011 1:41:04 AM

Tonight I saw a Chevy Volt on the street for the first time ever. And, not surprisingly, it was dressed in the livery of the region's major electric utility--and rather bright livery at that--as it moved through the parking lot of the supercenter where I work.

Has anyone actually seen a Volt being driven by Joe or Jane Lunch Bucket yet? If so, where? (I have a feeling you're more likely to see a Chevy Vega than a Chevy Volt, because nobody I know can afford one, much less wants one.)
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DDubyu
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 7:42:58 AM

Yes, I've seen quite a few.
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2015 7:10:53 AM

no
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:52:06 PM

My jaw hit the floor this afternoon. I saw a Tesla pull into the local Tesla charge station. I literally couldn't believe what I was seeing.

This is only the second Tesla I'v ever seen. I go past the Tesla station daily yet have never seen a car there. I had to stop and see just who was driving.

Out pops a little old man. About 85 years old. He proceeded to fuss with his car. He took 2 seconds to insert the cable then spent the next 5 minutes examining it. At last he was satisfied and proceeded into the yuppie grocer that adjoins the charge station. Was he ever walking slow! I kinda loved this juxtaposition of an old guy, barely able to walk, driving a high powered sports car.

What was funny is I found him in the market poking through the day old bread/dented cans/reduced for quick sale rack. Huh? He drives a $100K car and shops for dented cans? Clearly this is someone who went through the Great Depression. Those habits never die.

Well, those dented cans he bought got home by electrons, not by Saudi oil.

This kinda changed my image of Tesla owners. I always envisioned Iron Man as the typical Tesla owner. Elon Musk, yup, that is the guy I image when thinking of Tesla guys. Guess I was wrong.

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d_clark
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 5:58:52 PM

no
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Big Dan
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 5:29:44 PM

Yes
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 2:22:42 PM

Yes, I have seen a lot of them in our area.
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BlueberryFocus
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:13:58 AM

Yeah I've seen quite a few. There are a lot of Tesla's around here as well. Saw three drive by at a red light once.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 9:24:32 AM

"7 or 8 as you listed is not 'plenty'"

But it IS more than "none" since you stated no dealers stock the Volt and have no interest in stocking the Volt.
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 7:52:54 PM

Boy i have never seen people get an·tag·o·nized, about topics on here if they don't agree with what the other wants to hear.
Move on. Aren't you tired of regurgitating same old?
Some people act their shoe size instead of their age.

[Edited by: DasAuto92 at 4/13/2015 7:54:41 PM EST]
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 7:42:58 PM

I see the odd one every month or so.Not a popular vehicle in Canada. We prefer our Diesels.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 3:30:24 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 2:28:22 PM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:53:14 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:02:07 PM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 12:46:19 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 12:45:04 PM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 12:43:44 PM

havent been out yet....12.34pm


[Edited by: poetdog73 at 4/13/2015 12:44:10 PM EST]
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 10:51:42 AM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2015 10:04:03 AM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 2:49:26 PM

Yes.
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Gabilondo
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 2:48:56 PM

I saw one yesterday for the first time.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 2:43:16 PM

:::::Plenty of Volts for sale in the Chicago market dealerships.::::


7 or 8 as you listed is not 'plenty'. That is a pitiful amount. The car is basically dead. The dealers don't want to carry it. The customers have no interest in buying it.

The Volt's gas twin, the Cruze, sells 30,000 a month.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2015 1:20:45 PM

"Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

Plenty of Volts for sale in the Chicago market dealerships.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 7:34:14 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Norm1947
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2015 12:31:04 AM

Yes
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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:44:30 PM

"Looks like the dealers in your neighborhood are not particularly smart business people."

It's more likely that you aren't aware of some facts:

1) Domestic cars sell better in the Midwest than on the East or West Coast

2) There are eight million more people in the Chicago Metro area than the
Providence Metro area.

Maybe that's why I see more Volts than you do.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:30:50 AM

:::::Excellent point! So why would these smart business people stock seven and eight Volts that they can't sell?::::


I'd say your 2 dealers never played the game musical chairs - the last person standing gets screwed.

In my region,

there are only 5 Volts total in a 20 mile radius. 3 out of the 4 dealers are huge with 1000s of cars in stock. Yet in sum total only 5 Volts are available regionwide. Looks like the dealers in your neighborhood are not particularly smart business people. They got stuck sitting on these turkeys.

My dealers don't even bother putting up pics and info. They just put a generic placeholder.

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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:05:33 AM

"Dealers are a business. They need to stay in business by selling."

Excellent point! So why would these smart business people stock seven and eight Volts that they can't sell?
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 10:03:31 AM

no
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 8:29:01 AM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 4:13:21 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 3:59:32 PM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 3:46:46 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 3:27:47 PM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:07:44 PM

QUOTE ::::Maybe, maybe not. But the original statement was that the dealers have zero interest in carrying these vehicles which turns out to be false.:::



At such minuscule sales, dealers have 0% interest in selling the Volt. There is no profit in it. Dealers are a business. They need to stay in business by selling.

There is no interest or even awareness by the public in the Volt. It exists because it is a social welfare program of the Obama administration. That doesn't cut it in the world. You need money for a business to be profitable, that means sales. Of which there are none for the Volt.


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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 9:32:59 AM

"With sales currently running at around 600 units/month nationwide, chances are those 8 are going to be at that dealer for many months to come..."

Maybe, maybe not. But the original statement was that the dealers have zero interest in carrying these vehicles which turns out to be false.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2015 6:45:11 AM

"My local Chevy dealer has eight in stock......."

With sales currently running at around 600 units/month nationwide, chances are those 8 are going to be at that dealer for many months to come...
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 10:14:35 PM

Using cars.com it looks like there are currently 5 Volts for sale within 20 miles of my zip. This is embarrassing. The dealer doesn't even bother to put up pics and a writeup for these cars. Just a generic placeholder.

Clearly the dealers have zero interest in selling Volts. The dealer's philosophy is if some sucker stumbles in looking for one, he'll unload it. Dealers must run the dealership like a business. Its not a social welfare program. Despite Obama. They can't stock a car that literally no one in the US wants to buy.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 6:52:06 PM

Yes, I had a ride
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 6:44:34 PM

1 today
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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 5:48:03 PM

BTW, I did see another on the street.....a white one.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 5:42:58 PM

"The dealers have zero interest in carrying these cars."

I suppose I could go on and on to prove otherwise....

Seven Chevy Volts

[Edited by: gvan at 4/8/2015 5:44:41 PM EST]
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gvan
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 5:37:41 PM

""The dealers have zero interest in carrying these cars."

My local Chevy dealer has eight in stock.......

Eight Chevy Volts
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:57:02 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:55:30 PM

Rosedale has 4 new ones in stock - I still see two in the lot outside my office window today
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:44:43 PM

"A fact some individuals have a difficult time accepting..."

Actually just another unsubstantiated opinion - just ask gemini.
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:43:54 PM

"On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore..."

I can keep copying-and-pasting too;

Again;

Disingenuous at best, an outright lie at worst... We'll let individual GB posters be the judge.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 2:28:02 PM

yes many times
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 2:24:03 PM

"The dealers have zero interest in carrying these cars."

A fact some individuals have a difficult time accepting...
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 1:55:00 PM

None at the big Chevy dealer near my house. I went window shopping for cars. 1000s of cars in the lot. NOt a single Volt. The dealers have zero interest in carrying these cars.
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2015 1:53:04 PM

On the street? Not yet. Saw one sitting in a dealers lot for many, many months. Gone now, and they don't seem to keep Volts in stock anymore...
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