I don't know if the Bolt will become the next PT Cruiser of the used car world. I wanted a used Cruiser at one point, then realized people would label me as a tasteless nerd, so, just like the soccer moms who eschew mini-vans for SUVs, I surrendered to peer pressure, no Cruiser for me. Of course, some cars are so ugly they are oddly cool again, like the Pontiac Aztek. The Bolt is considered more of a no-nonsense, practical conveyance, that's all, boring, but not ugly.
Off topic below, sorry.
I have now begun to think about what to give my father for the anniversary of his 50th birthday. I decided that a good gift would be a car. So far I've been reading Buick Encore reviews
. The car seems nice, but I still have my doubts. Can you tell me anything else?
Encore is decent. I prefer cheaper equivalent Chevrolets (Trailblazer, Equinox) but to each their own. Personally I would never buy a vehicle to surprise someone else, since individual tastes, needs, etc. can vary from my own!
Depends on your Dad's personality. Ten years ago, at 50 years old, I was going thru a mid-life crisis, did a lot of crazy (fun) things for about 5 years, so I got a red 2011 Camaro V6 for not much $$ really. Had a blast in it. The current Camaro or Mustang is very good these days. Always told people I got the sports car for the engineering, partly true.
So without knowing your Dad's situation, needs, wants, & personality, it's impossible to tell what to get.