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! My wife could care less about wheels on a car, but I think they are the finishing touch to any vehicle’s look. These wheels came from Tire Rack and really fit the car nicely. I love it! I gave more info on these wheels in one of my previous posts. Read about it here if you are interested.
So we picked up the car and headed home. I had my two boys in the car with me and the oldest (8yrs of age) spent the entire trip firing questions at me. The drivers cockpit is like a geeks playground with two 7″ screens of information at your fingertips telling you everything from the outside temp to the current condition of the battery charge. A push of the OnStar button brings a representative instantly asking where they can direct you (with the ability to send GPS navigation directions directly to the car at any time). Most of my sons questions were greeted with “I guess we’ll have to figure that out” or similar responses.
First impression driving out of the dealer lot was a reminder of how crazy quiet this car is when running on electric (which is most of the time). With the doors closed and windows up, outside noise is reduced to nearly nothing. What remains is just the sound of tires rolling on the road, the stereo (if it is playing) and the air being pushed out of the climate control system. Very quiet, very smooth power pulling out and impressive take-off torque. Yup, the test drive wasn’t an apparition, the car really is this nice to drive.
So as I go through a lot of “first time” experiences with this car I will try to post here. Hopefully I can offer some tips and insight to anyone considering the car or trying to sort out questions. First order of business will be charging…