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Would-be Chevy Volt buyers may pay premium

GM says it is discouraging dealers from overcharging



A few Chevrolet dealers have told prospective Volt buyers they may have to pay significantly more than $41,000 because of limited early supplies, a practice Chevrolet is discouraging but can't prevent.

"We have had a couple indications that some dealers out there are doing this," said General Motors spokesman Rob Peterson. "Other consumers have reported positive experiences."

Edmunds.com's AutoObserver reported that an unnamed California Chevrolet dealer has told customers that "initially our asking price for the Volt is going to be MSRP (the $41,000 manufacturer's suggested retail price) plus $20,000. We are expecting only (to) receive 9 Volts all of next year."

GM is encouraging people to contact other dealers if the first dealer they contact intends to charge a premium above sticker price. The automaker plans on producing just 10,000 of the extended-range electric vehicles in 2011, but now plans to build 45,000 Volts in 2012, up from its original plan to make 30,000.

"We don't control any pricing at the dealership," Peterson said. "However we have suggested strongly that they keep prices in line with what we have offered."

The $41,000 sticker price will be reduced by a $7,500 tax credit authorized by the Internal Revenue Service for the first 200,000 buyers of any manufacturer's plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle.

Susan Ianni, general sales manager of Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City, said she has no intention of charging more than the $41,000 sticker price. Her dealership won't receive the first Volts until late February or early March of next year, she said.

"Our stance is that the MSRP is a fair price for all vehicles," Ianni said. "But it is within the rights of the dealer" to charge more than that.



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I wonder if GM can advetise to dealera who has the best prices and then reward the dealers that help out.

Also adverties thge MFG suggested price in the commercials. That way they can put some pressure on the dealers.

There has to be an end around to the PITA dealers.

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