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Even though some Chevrolet dealers were warned not to sell the Volt above the MSRP, there is a distinct trend around the country where some dealers are trying to make a few extra (thousand) bucks off the popular plug-in vehicle. In fact, Ward's Auto found a dealer in Florida that is listing a Volt at $65,590. That's a wee bit more than the car's $41,000 suggested retail price.

We heard about the possibility of sky-high mark-ups last year, but it turns out there's very little General Motors can do in this situation. As GM's Tony DiSalle told Ward's Auto, "there isn't a mechanism to prevent that from happening." Motor Trend also found Volts around the country priced at $46,923 (MI), $47,700 (CA) and $49,000 (NC). Guess this is why you should never trust MSRP, huh?

Our advice would be to keep shopping until you find a dealer willing to honor GM's specified asking price, even if that means waiting a little bit longer for your future plug-in machine.


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  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt passes a trolley while navigating the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt drives near the Golden Gate Bridge while on an engineering development drive in San Francisco, California Saturday, April 25, 2010. The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt navigates the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range on display at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt rolls off the line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The pre-production versions of the Volt will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet) (04/01/2010)
  • A Chevrolet Volt battery at the General Motors Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren, Michigan Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The Chevrolet Volt will offer customers an unprecedented standard 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery. GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation battery testing since 2007. Each Volt battery pack has nine modules and 288 cells. GM designed and engineered 99 percent of the 155 components in each battery. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

[Source: Ward's Auto via Motor Trend]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Dont buy from RAY HUFFINES in Dallas, talking about Price Gouging min 5k over sticker after hours of negotiating.. had to walk away. I hope those cars sit on their lot for 6 months while the economy starts its shutdown process, and only get a tiny boost this coming Christmas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, there are a little of ignorant posts today. I'm not sure if it's a group of trolls, ignoramuses, or both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yeah..... Didn't see that one coming;) I understand the whole supply and demand thing but seriously, the car isn't expensive enough? The big fear with this car was that it was going to be too expensive and that people wouldn't buy it as a result.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is Classic GM and Chevrolet Tactics. Nothing new here. The Volt is not all that amazing of a car anyway. The design in ho hum at best and the performance and economy numbers are not what was expected. It's going to BOMB and it will be all GMs fault for hyping the car so high, then to let the public down. This is nothing new and we can expect the same, over and over again. The corprate mentality is and always will be, We build what we want to and to hell with what the public really wants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "If you really must satisfy some need to consume less petrol and cut down on pollution, GET A DIESEL. "

      So I get either an VW or an Audi? What if I don't want an unreliable over engineered German POS?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any loon who'd pay $65,000 for a Volt deserves to be gouged.
      What's that saying about "a fool and his money........?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      twices more than Leaf?
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha. They're trying to find a tree hugger who isn't so smart, but has enough cash to blow.

      for $65k, I'd rather get a luxobarge and ride in comfort. screw mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One key thing could be how the dealerships are representing their higher prices, if there is deception there, while again, you can blame it on an uninformed or ignorant customer, there could be some issues.

      In a sense, this is no different from a couple of gas stations not far from me who consistently sell gas at over $1 more than everybody else. I guess if you're silly enough to get it there, convenience or pride, that's the price you pay.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Granted it's a different demographic, the Mustang GT500's MSRP has hovered around $45k-50k but I've seen them sold for $70k+ on the showroom floor for years now.

      Like a few have said already, it's supply and demand. A car you want that there are few of and even fewer have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        which is why there's a still brand new 2009 GT500 sitting on the ford lot here. Original dealer markup was to 90k, last time I was there it was down to 65k and they still refuse to even consider selling it for sticker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me get this right, the dealer spends $30,000 for training, tools, and charging stations(all of which are required to get one of these cars) to make $1000 selling the one car you will get this year?

      How do you all propose making up that gross deficit? If people pay it, that's thier decision. But, if they don't, I'll bet somebody does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the $65K number coming from? I couldn't find it anywhere on the link listed to Ward's Auto.
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