I Bought a New 2012 Chevrolet Volt!

Two weeks ago today, I was planning on continuing my series on volunteering at local schools.  However, I’ve had to put that aside for a little while because I’d like to share some good news with you.

Forgive my straying from the world of teaching and education for a little bit of self-indulgence, but I just can’t seem to help myself.  All of my family and friends know about it, so I thought that maybe you would be interested too.

I’ve owned lots of vehicles over the years, and I’ve even leased a few.  The last three cars I’ve had were Cadillac CTS’s–model years 2003, 2007, and 2009.  The most recent one had all the toys–navigation, sunroof, heated and cooled leather seats, you know–the works.

The 2009 CTS also had LOTS of annoying interior noises.  I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve visited the dealership’s service department in a vain attempt to correct this.  Although they came pretty close the last time I went in, some of the noise issues remained.

I suppose I could have lived with that, but there was one other annoying issue–the gas mileage.  I do a LOT of city driving.  The CTS was only getting 13 miles per gallon.  As you know, when gas prices started to reach four dollars a gallon and more in some areas, that got me thinking.

After test driving a few cars–none of which I was completely thrilled with, I decided to visit my local Chevrolet dealer to take a look at the Volt.

My test drive was jaw-dropping–EXTREMELY quiet, smooth, and powerful.  So powerful that punching the accelerator pushed me back in my seat.  Even more impressive was that kind of power was coming from a vehicle propelled entirely by a lithium-ion battery!  The gasoline engine wasn’t even involved.

Except for the sunroof (which I never use anyway), this car had all of the toys–navigation, leather-trimmed interior, heated seats, even a rearview camera that displayed on the navigation screen.

I HAD to have that car!

There were a few problems, however.  This particular dealership only had two Volts–one white one and one black one.  My salescreature assured me that they could arrange for a dealer trade in order to secure the exact vehicle that I wanted.

Then, we played the obligatory numbers game.

I can be quite the negotiator.  Actually, when I want something badly enough, I truly become a shrewd haggler.  Perhaps that’s some of the teacher in me.

When we had settled on a deal that we could both live with, my salescreature did some calling around and found the exact same Volt that I wanted in a dealership in Brunswick, Georgia.  That’s about 75 miles or so from here.

After correctly pointing out that I was buying a car that I had not even test-driven, they gave me a document ensuring that the sale would be finalized only upon my approval of the vehicle.

I signed all the paperwork and gave them a check for the down payment.  We shook hands, and I returned home to wait for their call to come in and pick up my new car.

Coming Tuesday:  Nasty Surprise: The Rest of My Chevrolet Volt Story