Fans of the Chevrolet Volt have been waiting patiently for nearly three years now for the first extended range electric car to debut. Apparently a Columbus, Ohio Chevrolet dealer is looking to take advantage of that by putting up a listing on eBay claiming to have allocation of Volts. Jack Maxton Chevrolet is now taking deposits on the Volt a year before the first production models roll off the line in Detroit. There are problems with this. The current bid is at $1,525 but it's not clear from the listing just what that gets you. It could be the first position in line, if and when Maxton gets its Volts, but we can't say for sure.
Notice we said if Maxton gets the Volt. We checked with Volt spokesman David Darovitz about this and he told us that it's not certain that every Chevy dealer will get the Volt: "They must first go through a rigorous certification process" to ensure that they are ready to sell and service the electrically-driven compact and its battery. Darovitz also tells us that "Dealers have not been selected" at this time, and that includes Maxton Chevrolet. You might want to keep that in mind before placing your bid. Remember, patience is a virtue. Thanks to Nat for the tip!