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Some Chevrolet Dealerships Have Volt Revolt After Price Increase

DailyTech -- Dealerships don't want to spend more on tools needed to service the Volts since sales for most are down.

Select Chevrolet dealerships around the U.S. are ditching the Volt after General Motors (GM) hiked up the price of tools to service the vehicle.

Last year, dealerships spent $1,800 to $2,800 on tools that are required to service each Volt plug-in hybrid. However, GM has raised the price of these tools to $5,100. The reason? A battery-repowering tool that removes and ships sections of the Volt's huge 435-pound battery for repair instead of shipping the whole thing costs dealerships about $4,735. This makes up the bulk of the tool costs while a few others are needed as well.

Due to this price hike, some dealerships have decided to stop selling the Volt altogether. Some say their overal


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:42:08 AM

makes no sense that GM is trying to price itself out of the market.
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Bonanza
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:01:26 AM

Sales don't warrant the cost of the tools
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MrPony
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:54:18 AM

Electric is for lights, gas is for cars
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mrpc90
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:23:50 AM

GM is even dumber than I thought.

That must be what happens when the Government gets involved.
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VDubBill
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:01:08 AM

And for consumers, the Volt will probably always have to be repaired only at a dealership. That means you won't get a lower repair estimate at a local garage and have to suffer with higher repair costs.
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NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:39:08 AM

Thank you for submitting, DellDude2.
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sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:28:52 AM

We are just starting to see cracks in the infrastructure for EVs and hybrids especially when it comes to servicing or replacing those huge batteries. Until there is a radical improvement in battery technology, the interim marketing strategy may be to shift to natural gas powered vehicles with the ability to switch to gasoline when necessary.
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camel1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:23:38 AM

Sounds expensive for the tool
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Harry813
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:10:03 AM

Time for another bail-out ?
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DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:08:32 AM

Maybe Chevrolet is trying to do away with the whole mess.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:08:21 AM

Chevrolet may see a dealer revolt soon with some of the requirements they are placing on dealers.
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charladan
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:05:29 AM

Why not ask the Feds for more money? Or better yet how about doing away with the Dealership monopolies.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:02:56 AM

ha, revolt
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mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:58:56 AM

When the manufacterer doesn't support their dealers - how do they expect to sell products
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:57:04 AM

re-volting....
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:56:29 AM

So let the dealers decide, after all, they are the ones making the investment - roll with FOMOCO or VW.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:55:39 AM

It's a shame the public were allowed to be used as guinea pigs for EV's. It's pretty hard to reinvent the mouse trap when it's already so cheap and effective.

[Edited by: DxiDart at 1/5/2013 12:58:39 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:54:48 AM

who knows?
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myambro
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:49:46 AM

But the gov't won't let them fail.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:47:20 AM

If the Dealerships don't sell them, where do you buy and service your Volt?
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:44:46 AM

New news, please!
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:43:11 AM

lmost everyone i know is NOT in the market for any kind of new vehicle
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:42:03 AM

stop selling the m
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:41:35 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:39:02 AM

Chevy Sucks...
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:38:10 AM

Not surprising.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:35:27 AM

Obama`s Volt no one wants.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:33:21 AM

No EV for me in this lifetime.....
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:32:53 AM

I will never buy an electric car!
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:32:46 AM

nooooooooooooooooooo-sales for the volt can't be down-your president says so-snicker, cause the gov't was supposed to start using them..

i always said the EV would be dead and buried in 10 years, but since the poster child for the EV is losing sales, it hopefully will be much, much sooner..
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:32:14 AM

will gm ever learn?`
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:31:05 AM

It is very overpriced, anyway. A Ford Fusion hybrid is much cheaper.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:29:21 AM

nobody wants them at any price
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:28:05 AM

I will not purchase an EV, period.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:26:59 AM

Not for me.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:26:04 AM

GM can have there Volt I certainly am not interested
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:25:30 AM

This is what happens when hasty decisions are made without the due dilligence, planning, thinking ahead, and careful thought. A SIGN of the TIMES and hopefully a WAKEUP CALL to the morons who continue to support nonsensical ideas.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:25:19 AM

Chevy...no thank you.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:24:05 AM

Very expensive to make and run.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:22:35 AM

P.O.S.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:21:32 AM

I wont have one.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:20:41 AM

Poor Obama. No one wants his crappy cars.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:20:09 AM

Who wants one anyway? not most people
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:19:49 AM

Duh!
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:19:33 AM

junk
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:19:15 AM

Volt shock. Or is that Volt Revolt?
ZZZZZZZZZZZ....
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Not good PR!
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Who cares, not me.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:17:47 AM

For whatever reason if the dealerships don't have faith in a car then that tells you that noone should be buying them.
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Don't blame 'em..
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