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Audio Video Obsession
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by Audio Video Obsession on February 15th, 2012

With all the talk about Volt discounts it's important to clarify one other thing when throwing numbers out and talking about new vehicle negotiations.

Is there a trade-in involved?

Never, never, never try to negotiate the price of the vehicle with the trade-in in the picture. They are two seperate transactions.....or I should say they should be two completely seperate transactions. The dealership should be willing to buy your trade at the stated price whether you buy the new vehicle or not. And vice versa. The dealership should be willing to sell you the vehicle at the stated price whether you trade the vehicle in or not.

There is a reason dealerships try to bundle purchase discussions with trade discussions. They can artificially inflate the value of your trade if that's what they think you are looking for or they can artificially reduce the price of the new vehicle while decreasing the value of your trade. This always works in their favor.

First agree on a price for the new vehicle.....then mention to the dealership that you have a trade.

The deal I've set up with Henna has nothing to do with whether or not you have a trade. You get the same discount regardless of whether you have a trade.....but you'll need to negotiate your trade value......I'm not doing that. I will recommend that if you have a vehicle to trade you take it to CarMax, get a quote from them, and then bring it with you to Henna when you start trade-in discussions.

Joe Z.
 
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Ashley
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by Ashley on February 16th, 2012

Joe - that is a great point! I should have clarified in my previous post.

I got 6% below MSRP before even mentioning a trade in - and it was all via email, so they could not even guess about a trade in.

Then I used Car Max's value info to help negotiate my trade in price separately and they gave me the price I asked for. And they honored that offer when I showed up with my trade-in.

I went to John McClaren Chevy in McGregor, TX. Everyone was very friendly with wonderful accents. :)
 
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Audio Video Obsession
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by Audio Video Obsession on February 16th, 2012

Ashley - Sounds like you did everything right. Text book new car purchasing.
 
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john.miller
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by john.miller on February 16th, 2012

I have to thank Joe, I talked to the people at Henna and it was no hassle with a discount very similiar to Ashley. Joe pre negotiated for us, so all you have to do is walk in with your Pecan Street letter. It was no pressure and very easy. I definitely owe him some baked goods for his trouble.

So I will sign the paperwork on Sat and get a Gray Volt as soon as it comes in!

Thanks,

JOHN
 
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kerry
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by kerry on February 17th, 2012

I picked up my Volt yesterday and love it! I really enjoyed working with Mike Mason at Bacon Auto Country in Jacksonville, TX. The deal I got was worth the drive out to East Texas. Like Ashley said earlier, there are some really good deals ($2500-$4000 below MSRP) at Chevy dealerships in "truck country", especially the ones that have multiple Volts on their lot.
 
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john.miller
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by john.miller on February 19th, 2012

You were right. Basdrop got us a much better deal on our Volt. I picked mine up from Covert. They started at -1000 under invoice and added another $1250 for incentives.

Pm me if you want my specific deal. Also, it only took 40 min from arrival to driving out! See Rick, he helped get some additional dollars off.

John

Ps mine is Gray
 
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john.miller
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by john.miller on February 20th, 2012

Has anyone signed up for the City of Austin $25 for 6 months of charging deal? It is called the Plug-In EVerywhere™ program.

John
 
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Kathy Sokolic
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by Kathy Sokolic on February 20th, 2012

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Has anyone signed up for the City of Austin $25 for 6 months of charging deal? It is called the Plug-In EVerywhere™ program.

John


I haven't, but I know a lot of folks who have, and they love it. It is by far the cheapest way to charge your car if you have charging stations in areas that you frequent, such as work, Whole Foods, City Hall, Hancock Center, or any of the other stations around town. Charging stations are popping up more and more, so if there isn't one by you now, there probably will be soon!

I have a Leaf, not a Volt, but the Leaf will update charging stations on my GPS map quite frequently. I'm pretty sure the Volt does that as well. So you could drive around town just looking for charging stations, or check the current AE map:

http://www.austinenergy.com/about us/environmental initiatives/Plug-In Partners/PIEstationhostmap.pdf
 
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Tony Clark
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by Tony Clark on March 4th, 2012

We also purchased our Volt from Covert Bastrop. As John mentioned they were priced very competitively and really came through for us on the customer service side of things.

We were trading-in my wife's Mazda and getting a built to order Volt. To get the best trade-in price it made sense to sell them our vehicle immediately rather than taking the chance that the price would decline over 4-6 weeks. Our salesman, Rafael Lopez, offered to provide us with a complimentary loaner while we wait for our Volt to arrive. For us this was a painless way to unload our current car but not get stuck with the cost of a rental or trying to carpool for over a month and we jumped on it.

In addition Covert Bastrop has included 5 years & 100,000 miles of service (oil change, oil filter, engine air filter change, tire rotation and free tire replacement due to wear & tear). We were already expecting much lower maintenance on our Volt, as opposed to a vehicle with a traditional mechanical drive train, and its nice to know that we're covered even for what's left over. The second set of tires down the road doesn't hurt either.

As you can imagine we're very happy with our buying experience and very excited to start driving our new Volt. Especially now that we see more and more popping up around the neighborhood.

If you are shopping for a Volt and are interested in talking to Covert Bastrop I'd strongly recommend contacting Rafael Lopez. He took good care of us. Rafael has offered to bring a Volt into the neighborhood on weekends if you'd like to kick the tires without having to drive out to the dealership.

Rafael Lopez
512.589.7540
rlopez4covert@yahoo.com

Lastly, I wanted to thank Joe because his negotiation with Henna really spurred us to see that the right dealers were willing to negotiate, especially when they knew that there was a large group of motivated buyers coming through in a short time. He tipped the scales in favor of the neighborhood. Thanks Joe.

Tony Clark
 
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brent240wat
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by brent240wat on March 5th, 2012

Just got ours yesterday! I was browsing Autotrader.com for options and colors that weren't in stock at Henna or Bastrop. Found a super deal which was below what I was quoted and Bastrop honored the price, though it was suppose to have been taken off the website. I recommend looking at dealers web specials through, Edmunds.com, kbb.com, autotrader.com, etc..

Super deal = Thousands below Invoice. Don't know if that will happen again, but it is worth researching.

I negotiated everything via email and when I brought my trade in to Bastrop, they never even looked the car over.

Very painless and professional.

Signed up for the Plug-In everywhere program today. Surprised we only have one charging location in Mueller, that number should be going up soon I would think?

 
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