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Our 2013 Chevy Volt has arrived and it is gorgeous!

August 18th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt, The Volt Experience
 

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! After more than two months waiting for the order to be filled our 2013 Chevy Volt has arrived and we love it. The guys at West Chevrolet were all ooooing and ahhhhing over the color. There are not as many being produced in the Blue Topaz Metallic as in the other available colors. I think it looks great too but I am a bit biased.

Jason at West Chevrolet has taken very good care of us throughout the whole process from order to delivery. Great communication and attention to details. I had asked for a number of somewhat picky points to be addressed and he didn’t miss a beat. One request was that they refrain from applying a dealer sticker to the back end of our new car. That’s always been a pet peeve of mine, you spend ten’s of thousand’s of dollars on a brand new vehicle and the dealer assumes you’ll be a rolling advertisement for them to boot? Sorry but no. Credit where credit is due, West Chevrolet was fine with that request and didn’t bat an eye. In Tennessee there are no front end license plates so I asked that they leave the front plate mount off. First car I have been able to do that with in a long, long time!

Last but not least, I asked them to mount some custom aftermarket wheels on the car before we would even see it for delivery. They did and I think the wheels look great! Read more

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Custom wheels for our Chevy Volt. They’re here!

June 30th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt
 

Focal F10 wheels from Tire RackNo I have never considered myself to be a Gearhead but I do like nice wheels. I’ve always felt that almost any car can look great if you put a nice set of wheels on it. So, naturally that is one thing I am changing on our (yet-to-arrive) Chevy Volt. The stock wheel options look nice, but we can do better and of course as they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Enter Tire Rack! I’ve used Tire Rack many times in the past and every experience is first rate. The beauty of Tire Rack is that you can search for wheels and tires using a lengthy list of criteria. First and most important is that you can save your specific car in their site and then search for wheels or tires which will fit that exact vehicle. Very helpful!

Since the focus of our new Volt is efficiency, the next criteria I was interested in was wheel weight. The less weight the car has to push, especially in the wheels, the better for attaining optimum EV range. Read more

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You’re putting a Chevy in your garage? Really?

June 28th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt
 

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Yeah, that is what a friend said to me recently when I mentioned we had decided to order a 2013 Chevy Volt. His surprise wasn’t entirely misplaced. This will be the 10th vehicle I have owned in my time and the very first GM product.

Now, I have never been a “GM vs. Mopar” kind of guy or even an “American vs. Imports” guy either. I will admit I’ve probably had a tendency to feel your shot at a quality product is usually found in something foreign. Maybe that comes from the era I grew up in, an era that saw most desirable advances coming from sources that weren’t American. At least that was always my impression. Short of muscle cars, if that is what you go for, it always seemed like what was needed most was best served from abroad. But, I’m no gearhead and someone will correct me on these points I’m sure.

In any case, when I started looking for a new solution to our old problem, the Chevy Volt stood out. In fact, I haven’t thought twice about whether the car was American or Import, GM or Ford. It’s really secondary. This car just seems like the perfect combination of “green” transportation with a sensible range extending solution.

And, it’s a Chevy… Volt.

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Why choose Chevy Volt over plug-in electrics, hybrids or economy cars?

June 13th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt
 

Chevy VoltOk, good question. Why the Chevy Volt and not one of the competitors be they hybrid, full plug-in electric or just a good old fashioned economy car that gets great gas mileage and costs a lot less…

We did a lot of talking and thinking on this very question and here is how we wound up jumping on the Chevy Volt bandwagon. Let’s consider them one at a time. But first I should qualify our thinking by being clear, we were looking to move from our older and not-so-efficient sedan to something more economical to run. We aren’t looking for a muscle car, heavy hauler or seating for eight. Also, it is no small factor that we wanted to set a good example for our young boys with thinking green and caring for the planet we live on.

So then, why not the Nissan Leaf? It’s about as “green” as you could hope to get and costs less too! Read more

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First driving impression… Wow!

May 14th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt, The Volt Experience
 

2013 Chevrolet VoltOk so, after talking about it a lot and considering a variety of “green” options for a new car, we finally decided to go and put our butts in the seat of a Chevy Volt. It would be myself, by wife and my two boys (ages 6 & 8yrs). We all had our own reasons for the test drive experience so it would be interesting to see how it would all play out in the end.

For me, I wanted to see if what I was reading online was true. I’ve seen some say it is a car worthy of a “higher end” marque in the GM lineup. Comments suggest it handles well and feels solid for the driver. For my wife, she’s thinking light weight tin box economy car. Her questions going in are along the lines of “How delicate is the car? Will its battery lose a charge just sitting for a couple of days? Will daily driver use be too hard on the car?”. And for the boys? They just want to know if it’s cool and fun to ride around in.

First off, getting in the car and rolling off for a test drive did require a brief tutorial from the dealer’s EV specialist. Not overwhelming mind you, but it is different than turning the key on the average car and dropping it in gear. Read more

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