IMAdolt wrote:Rather then start a new thread I thought I'd build on this one, has anyone in the Vancouver and surrounding areas got any purchase or lease information they're willing to share? I'm looking at getting into on in January, there seems to be some stock around.
My experience is that the salesmen will all tell you "6 months to a year", but when you show some serious interest the Bolts seem to come crawling out of the woodwork. I put $1000 down for an order that Dueck on Marine had already put in which wasn't spoken for, with an expected delivery in about 2-1/2 months. And less than 3 weeks later, I got a call from Carter GM in North Vancouver - I had spoken with a salesman there back in July about a cancelled Bolt order that ended up going to someone else - but another one came up and I was able to snag it. So for me it was less than a month from "OK let's do this" to having a Bolt sitting in my garage, even though I was very particular about colour, trim level and options.
Be careful if you're judging availability based on local Craigslist ads. Those ads seem to auto-renew and the dealers don't seem to bother removing them once the cars are sold - I suspect they figure it drives business their way to leave them up. But do go and show some dealers that you're serious and you'll probably be able to scare something up reasonably quickly.
The downside is that the Scrap-It incentive seems to be very problematic. They only had enough funds to last for 2 or 3 months last year, and if it's the same this year then that's a pretty narrow window given the relative scarcity of Bolts. The one that I managed to buy was from someone who had ordered a Bolt counting on the Scrap-It discount, and who backed out when it wasn't available.