So I’m looking at a way to make my work commute/expenses better for 2018.
I’ve been looking at '13-15 Chevy Volts and see them ranging from 11-16k anywhere from 30-50k miles.
Would definitely appreciate some insight!
Here’s my current situation:
I drive 27/mi each way to and from my office passing through downtown LA 5 days a week. Occasionally I visit sites around the county ranging from 5 to 120 miles away mostly in remote areas of LA county. My company pays me the IRS rate for all my mileage.
My current vehicle is a '15 Acura ILX 2.4 Manual. It’s sitting at 62k miles w/about $17k left for the loan.
I have a family member wanting to take over it if I should opt to get another car, so I was definitely looking at a Volt.
The Acura has the reliability, MPG (I surprisingly average about 35mpgs) and somewhat sportiness of my car is what I’ll miss, I’m worried that I’m depreciating the Acura way past whatever I’m getting reimbursed from work.
My main concerns with the Volt are:
- Reliability (I know they come with 10yr/150k warranties on battery)
- Value (it’s depreciated so much since new, could it really get that much lower??)
- Maintenance (unfamiliar with an electric car, American cars in general as well)
My main reasons for getting a Volt are:
- Saving on gas!
- HOV lane privileges can cut my commute by roughly 40/mins a day.
- Smaller loan than what I currently have
I believe the Volt is a great combination of all that I’m facing with my current commute. I understand Priuses and other hybrids may be cheaper, reliable, etc…but the sticker on the volt allows me to hit that carpool lane free and save me time. Plus, Volts come fairly loaded and I love the 2+2 setup in the back.
Anyway, definitely open to all options! Would love some feedback from the community.