golfcart wrote:One of the Chevy dealers near me has 2 2019 Bolt is stock so I stopped by after work yesterday to check them out and go for a test drive. One was an LT and one was a premier. I was upfront when I went in that I had no intention of buying in the next month but had the bolt on my short list and wanted to try one out.
Overall I thought it was a nice car. I liked the acceleration and range (obviously) but was also impressed with the infotainment system, large screen, roomy cabin, and responsive steering. It was a fun car to drive.
Some downsides to me were the weird white accents on the dashboard, the small trunk, the position of the charge port, and the price as both were $40k+ after dealer installed options and fees. There were also some nitpicky things about the user interface but those might just be that I wasn't used to it.
In comparing it to the new Leaf I definitely prefer the size of the Leaf, the exterior styling of the Leaf, the layout of the Leaf, and the price of the Leaf. For my particular needs I'd have a really hard spending the extra cash on the Bolt vs a 40kWh Leaf or even a comparably priced eplus. I know the battery is better on the Bolt but the Leaf just feels like a nicer car all around IMO
Despite me telling them I wouldn't buy one that day they insisted on running some numbers for me. They didn't really seem to want to deal or have any incentives right now which I thought was weird given that they are 6 weeks away from losing half the tax credit. The guy offered me standard financing rates and $1200 off MSRP which barely offset all of the dealer installed options they had put in there. I told him for that price I'm $3k from a Tesla...
I had a similar experience with a Chevy dealer last week test driving a '19 with LT trim. I'm able to take full advantage of the $7500 tax credit so figured I needed to test drive a Bolt this month. Just like your dealer, had 2 in stock (an LT and a Premier). Also told them upfront that I had absolutely no intention of buying but they ran numbers. Quoted similar, token discount off MSRP to basically cover bloat fees they would recover on the transaction and low-balled a trade quote on my '13 CRV about $2K under current auction/wholesale. They also quoted some crazy high lease rates and confirmed that GMAC ignores (i.e...pocket/keep) the $7500 Federal tax credit with their lease calculations. So I thanked them for their time and left. While all of this was happening, Tesla was announcing their $35K M3 availability which none of us knew about.
The next day, received a followup call. I reminded them I'm a long way from buying anybody's car and frankly told them we were about $10K apart from anything happening. Then, told them about Tesla's move and that the EV market pricing game likely changed significantly. They called me again the next morning (Saturday) to inform me Chevy is allocating a 14% discount (@$5600) as of March 1st. Not sure how truthful, or if just trying to get me back into their store.
I did like the Bolt a lot. Bolt has it's quirks, seats & ride comfort were OK, liked the on-board charge limit controls, and it had all 3 of the convenience packages. However, very odd they spec'd an extra L-1 120v. charge cord (pricey useless extra) and it lacked a DCFC port. In my case, the lack of a DCFC port is likely meaningless, but likely a huge problem with resale. Like many of the reviews, also felt the new LEAF is a more refined car overall.
2014 SV - Brilliant Silver - returned 1/2017 at end of lease.
2019 SL - White - w/Tech Package