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Re: From a Leaf to a Bolt: Early Returns

Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:44 am

JoeS wrote:
SeanNelson wrote:I consider myself a rational person who looks at things carefully and analyzes a major buying decision. I will never truly understand people who make these decisions emotionally....
Sean, I'm in your camp, and I will add that, with a few exceptions, I buy used and happily let someone else take the initial depreciation hit. Perhaps 'emotional buying' explains why there are so many perfectly good used cars available on the market? Also, I tend to keep my cars for a very long time (although they have now almost all been replaced by BEVs).

My "newest" (ICE) vehicle is 12 years old, the oldest is 22 years old - so I can relate. (My EV is just a baby!) I plan on only buying EVs from here on out, as cars wear out over time (although I love telling people that my next ICE vehicle will be an EV).

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Re: From a Leaf to a Bolt: Early Returns

Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:02 pm

DucRider wrote:
Had a fun discussion with a very nice lady looking to make the move to something with a plug. Probably environmental/efficiency reasons, but the specific reasons never came up - it was decision she'd already made. She was looking for her 3rd car - not in her "stable", but third car in her life! 1st one she had for 21 years. Her current car for 28 years (1990 Subaru). 100% electric would be a stretch and too far out of her comfort zone for the uses she described. Could she have made it work? Of course. People make it work without a car at all.


I've been trying to help her too. I probably talked her out of the Highlander. In our last conversation I said in exasperation that she would end up with the same kind of car she was driving, a Subaru without a plug. She countered that she'd wait until it had a plug. People who haven't worked in technology, business, or industry just don't understand that you just can't get everything you want in a mass-produced vehicle. If you do, it's not mass-produced, it's custom. In the best of all possible worlds, we'd drive our Bolt up there to Portland and let her drive it up and down her potholed street. If you had day rentals or week rentals that might sway someone like her. Even so, it's taken me a couple of months to grow into the Bolt after a Leaf. It was a rocky relationship at first. ;)

Paul Gipe
2017 Bolt LT with DCFC, leased 11/09/17
2015 Nissan S with QC, leased, returned 11/10/17
2013 Chevy Volt Premium, bought used 10/3/16
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