SeanNelson
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Re: Vancouver dealer recommendations?

Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:39 am

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.

IMAdolt
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Re: Vancouver dealer recommendations?

Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:53 pm

SeanNelson wrote:
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.


I plan to get my scrap-it allotment first thing in the new year then get the extension if need be, that gives me up to 4 months to use the incentive.

I'm hoping that I can go out shopping around year end and take possession of one first thing next year or as soon as makes sense if local inventories get any better, but I'm sure I'm not the only one with the same idea.

I guess I'm more concerned with the actual costs people are getting out there vs msrp or if people are getting decent leases, I've based what stock I've found from the dealers actual website inventories but even those are typically cars that just sold or are spoken for. Craigslist adds are a joke, and it seems when you get on some dealers calling lists they're always trying to sell an order that fell through.

Seems they're currently advertising prices roughly 3-4k under msrp but with the 5k incentive already applied.

SeanNelson
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Re: Vancouver dealer recommendations?

Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:15 pm

IMAdolt wrote:I plan to get my scrap-it allotment first thing in the new year then get the extension if need be, that gives me up to 4 months to use the incentive.

I'm hoping that I can go out shopping around year end and take possession of one first thing next year or as soon as makes sense if local inventories get any better, but I'm sure I'm not the only one with the same idea.

Yep, I think you're right about that.

IMAdolt wrote:I guess I'm more concerned with the actual costs people are getting out there vs msrp or if people are getting decent leases, I've based what stock I've found from the dealers actual website inventories but even those are typically cars that just sold or are spoken for. Craigslist adds are a joke, and it seems when you get on some dealers calling lists they're always trying to sell an order that fell through.

Seems they're currently advertising prices roughly 3-4k under msrp but with the 5k incentive already applied.

Yeah, the CEV incentive muddies the waters. I know that the list prices are and so it's always pretty obvious to me when they're quoting a figure that takes the incentive into account. What's even worse are the ones who include the $6K+ Scrap-It incentive even though it isn't currently available.

IMAdolt
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Re: Vancouver dealer recommendations?

Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:38 pm

SeanNelson wrote:Yeah, the CEV incentive muddies the waters. I know that the list prices are and so it's always pretty obvious to me when they're quoting a figure that takes the incentive into account. What's even worse are the ones who include the $6K+ Scrap-It incentive even though it isn't currently available.


Pretty dirty trick, the guys in Surrey seem to be the worst about that I'm confident I can get an incentive before they run out as I have a qualified car ready to go for Jan 1st, finding the right car to buy at a fair price is the trick.

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