California Dealer Offering $3,000 Off All Chevy Bolts In Stock


Sales have been a bit softer than original anticipated, so unsurprisingly, deals are now appearing.

Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt

We’re talking of the Chevrolet Bolt, which has seen lower than expected sales to date.

Here are the numbers thus far:

  • December 2016 – 579
  • January 2017 – 1,162
  • February 2017 – 952
  • March 2017 – 978
  • April 2017 – 1,292

And with those results, dealers with excess inventory, are now putting together incentive packages to get those numbers up.

Looking for a deal on a Chevy Bolt? Look no further than this California dealership that’s offering $3,000 off all Bolts in stock.

The asterisk really has no fine print. It’s a deal on all in-stock Chevy Bolt and it’s $3,000 off across the board. The deal runs through the end of June, though it seems it could be extended depending on sales volume.

The Bolt starts at $37,495. Pricing information here.

May sales figures for the Chevy Bolt and all other plug-ins sold in the U.S. will be posted on InsideEVs on our US Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard on June 1.

Via TeslaMondo

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Go Gettem!!!!

Truecars is not perfect but it is a decent tool. It says that Volts are selling $2400 below MSRP and Bolts are selling $1450 below MSRP in Northern Virginia. Still too high to sell in decent numbers.
I am really curious to see what these numbers show a couple months after the tax credit gets cut in half (for GM and Tesla) late next year.

I presume Tesla will do the same. It will look something like this. 1. Quarter before going over the 200,000 mark hold back sales to try to end the quarter just under 200,000. Probably this is Q1 2018. During this quarter use production to send overseas. 2. Then hit Q2 like a ton of bricks pushing all inventory to the US for the subsequent 2 quarters of remaining full rebate. Hit hard during Q2 and Q3 with rebates. 3. For 2019 model launching in Q4 when federal credit then shrinks (2 quarters right?) introduce new lower cost version with less battery. Yes less. Hopefully tweaks will get battery range up by say 5% for this so 105% of base but then cut battery pack say 20% so it just clears 200 miles. So perhaps base price can be shaved by $3000 or something like that. Really nice if base got to $29,999. 4. There will be some hangover in demand in the US from a major 2018 push so shift inventory output to overseas first half 2019 where some unmet demand should sit. 5. This pattern puts Nissan, Toyota, and Ford in a competitive advantage in 2019. 6. My belief… Read more »

When Nissan gets the eNote rolled out, the EV range should hopefully be on par with the Toyota Prius Prime. If Nissan doesn’t offer a decent EV range, Toyota will make a lot more sales with their already successful PP.

Nissan has to bring something that customers can cross shop for value, without paying 10-15% premium, for perceived Toyota quality.

eNote is gas-only. No EV range at all. It doesn’t have a plug.

I am proposing that it will. It is only a minor change. Nissan didn’t expect it to be that big of a deal but it actually is a rock star hit. The Nissan eNote is now the best selling car in Japan. Nissan is now figuring out where and when to export it and amping up things. My prediction is there is very little extra development involved and as PP takes over the lions share of Prius sales as the year progresses, Nissan will add a small range battery. Something like 6KWH which probably looks like 20 miles all electric range for such a small car but requires exactly zero high end charging apparatus. What is that….maybe $1000 extra cost and 75 pounds of weight over the 1.5 KWH already there?

Anyway that’s all speculation on my part I realize. But it’s good speculation.

Respectfully, not agreeing. “My belief is that Toyota’s Prius Prime strategy … is that the lower cost 25-30 mile PHEV will dominate. It has 75% of the benefit and zero of the negatives of an EV” 8KWhs don’t cut it. They provide neither the range, nor especially the power to provide a satisfying all-electric experience. But it’ll sell. Motor Trend just picked PP over Volt, on its “much, much better hybrid mode”. To people around here, that’s like picking a cruze ship by the quality of its life boats. “More profitable” is the only reason to gimp range, and leave your customers feeling an engine come on when they moderately accelerate, or go 13 miles on a cold day. “I still believe a modified version of the BMW i3 powertrain is the correct one. ….Its primary deficiency in the US is not being able to turn on the range extender when desired. That’s because it is crippled by CARB rules.” i3’s primary deficiency is BMW. The company chose to go chase the silly BEVx rule (CA-only), and left its customers in the lurch with the short range, thin tires, frozen rear windows, suicide doors and two-tone paint. Didn’t have to… Read more »

I agree, pj. Offering a 25-30 mile PHEV is ok if you have a million Prius worshiping fans, but if you can build an EREV-40 for a couple thousand more, why would you compromise on a short ranged PHEV when you could have an intermediate range EREV? Battery pack prices have dropped so much in the past 5 years that adding 10-15 miles of AER is relatively cheap.
The thing I have been noticing is that the Prius Prime is short legged and it isn’t that much cheaper than the much better Gen II Volt, even before the larger Volt tax credit comes into play.

Why? Because waaayyyy over 90% of the buying public has voted with their pocket books and said that your version of short range is actually long range and they don’t have the zealot level necessary to deal with any level of inconvenience at all when it comes to EVs. They’ll gladly take the cheaper ‘short range’ vehicle which is really long range to them, gets them 75% of the reduction in fuel over a regular car and doesn’t have all the hassle of an electric.

The Prime is still supply constrained and will be for quite some time. In a few years after demand has peaked and Toyota has been pumping out hundreds of thousands per year for a couple years, then the Prime will benefit from dealer incentives the same way the Volt does now. And since the Prime already has a retail price that is square in the middle of the Prius liftback models, it is better positioned to weather the phasing out of the federal tax incentives.

I think the two points in your comment are: 1. Despite your better judgment, people are going to buy the PP…which sort of makes it the winning plan. 2. Your chastisement of BMW is what I’d call just more direct and specific but same faults as mine. I’m suggesting that the part of their idea that was correct was a small gas powered generator. If they ditched the BEVx strategy and went with a 40 or 50 mile battery and took some of the goofiness like the tires away, they’d have something. I’m suggesting that they had the start of a good idea and that Nissan just took that idea to one end of the execution spectrum on that idea. And it’s working like crazy for Nissan. Think about it. There’s no discussion as to whether the electric motor or the programming or the electronics are up to ‘full EV mode’ because they are already there. Turning it into a PHEV with say 20 miles of EV only range would literally be just an exercise in putting a 6khw vs 1.5kwh battery in it. All the other hardware and software would stay exactly the same. That battery would also be… Read more »
1. There’s something between the “winning plan” and the “zealots”. It depends upon whom you ask. The industry gets too comfortable supporting lobby groups, then doing just enough so that no one steps out of line. Then, “sales are good” comes from what amounts to a captive market. That’s why your comment about an 8KWh car rubs the wrong way. It’s the longest range PHEV Toyota offers. I don’t see zeal in calling out the dysfunction of the 4.4-10KWh PHEV. That’s why it seemed so bizzare to see the claim, “75% of the benefit and zero of the negatives of an EV”. An engine coming on is a negative. It’s also 2017, and batteries don’t cost $1,000/KWh any longer. 2. Chevy was practical before 2010. They said “80% of the driving public goes less than 40 miles per day”. -So, give them that range, and then the fan base (and conquests) came. At 40 all-weather miles, which is about the 53 EPA rating of the current Volt, you get the best “replace gas with electric” miles calculations across a fleet. I be the same is true for Toyota’s internal numbers. I don’t want to turn this into a Volt fanboy… Read more »

A PIH *might* have about 25% (at most) of the advantages of an EV *if* it uses its battery to the maximum. Unfortunately, as the stats show, hardly any of them are ever plugged in so you end up with 5% of the benefit of an EV and 100% of the disadvantage of buying an ICEV. So what the heck is the point (unless of course, your government, like ours here in the UK, has been duped by/is in bed with Big Oil and have provided financial incentives to owning one eg reduced congestion charges etc)?

“Stats show” most are never plugged in? Smells like rubbish. Citation please.

Seeing that both the Bolt and Volt are overpriced, I expect that GM will be able to slash MSRP in concert with the decrease in the tax credit to remain competitive.

Try pricing one of GM’s pickups, lately?
What technology that rivals the Volt, or storage that rivals the Bolt, comes cheaper?

It’s sad batteries aren’t THAT cheap, yet.

Menorman is correct about pricing – at least with respect to the Bolt EV.

A $40k Bolt without $10k worth of batteries – leaves a funky, non-compelling, small crossover that is Sonic-like – with no powertrain. Now add exhaust system, multi-speed transmission, internal combustion engine, etc. – and you are back into the mid to upper $30k range for a Chevy Sonic equivalent ICE car. Conclusion: Don’t blame the battery pack. The Bolt is overpriced for what the consumer gets. GM’s costs are high per unit because they are spreading research and development costs across a paltry handful of cars (1-2k units per month).

When the price for a Bolt EV equivalent drops to around $20k after incentives, the EV revolution will begin in earnest.

“When the price for a Bolt EV equivalent drops to around $20k after incentives, the EV revolution will begin in earnest.”

This is EXACTLY what people on this very blog said for years, except it was always around $30,000 after incentives, that’s when the EV “revolution” was going to take off. They were dead wrong.

At some point, all the wild optimists here need to except that there is not going to be an “EV revolution”. There is an ongoing EV transition and it’s a slow moving process taking years, but it is moving forward.

Also- ALL EVs are overpriced for what the consumer gets. Hate to break that to you. The ICE equivalent car is always a better value. This includes Teslas. Market economics escapes people here…

‘Except’ (!) that you are ignoring the long term financial advantage of EV ownership – practically zero servicing costs and (if you have a decent dollop of PV/storage) completely zero ‘fuel’ costs (and if you don’t, an 80% reduction in ‘fuel’ costs).

And there *will* be a revolution when, as you say, the new price of EVs compete with ICEV equivalents and the range is ‘adequate’ (~200 miles in the mind of the average ICEV owner). Why in God’s name would you want to drive an ICE (all else being equal) when you could drive an EV (and I don’t mean a poxy hybrid!).

Tesla owners enjoy a high performance luxury vehicle that out-accelerates comparable offerings from other companies. That alone is reason enough for a lot of people to buy them.

And, by the way, the Tesla is also 4 times as efficient as the competition.

Dav8or, What I would break to you, in response has to do with maintenance costs, fuel costs, and resale. That’s before assigning some value for my time, and whether I believe there are better cars we all should be driving. That’s before a value assigned higher torque, easier throttle application (modulation), much better weight placement, handling and silence.

I think your point is best applied to the element of infrastructure surrounding cheaper cars, lack of urban garages and fast-DC. IMO, this is why the value break-point hasn’t seen better uptake.

People here are early adopters. Will buy at $30k. The masses will follow at $20k.

I think you are right, menorman. I would bet that Chevy dealers will start selling the Volt and the Bolt for $3000 less starting the month the GM Federal tax credit drops from $7500 to $3750.

Surprise, surprise! LOL!

My “glass is half empty” part of me thinks that GM will wait 3 or 4 months after the tax credit reduction to do so, though. I could see them waiting to see if sales would hold on, waiting just long enough to see sales tank and for dozens of articles to be published bemoaning the “Collapse of the Electric Car market!” Then they will drop the price, but way too late. And the GM electric cars will fade into undeserved obscurity as Tesla eats GM’s lunch.

You live in a different universe. Pretty much 30% of the vehicles I see on the road on my daily commute here are one of: (in order of numbers) Volts, Leafs, Tesla Model S, bolts, Tesla model X.

I guess the $2,000 to $5,000 state rebate, coupled with the bad traffic and HOV lane access makes all the difference.

Your universe is the distorted one.
I see maybe 3 teslas a day on a 120 mile commute.

Seems like they really could have sweetened the deal and thrown in the emissions testing charge.


What? No – ‘Free Oil Changes for Life’ offer?

Rydell Chevrolet in Southern California is offering between $3500 and $3200 off. $3500 off Premier’s and $3200 off LT’s.


Anything over a $3 k discount for the long range / low cost leader, is like free money. That is until some other manufacturer can claim the title. Nissan is crickets, for at least another 6 months. Tesla has to get the ball rolling here, and get some model 3 production into customer hands, not just employees and model S owners.

haha, wait till you hear those crickets in the May sales report

Your right, I’m sure Nissan will move more Metal in May! Lots of awesome Nissan Leaf sales and lease deals currently. Through the roof serious discounting, and incentives are here,and also coming from Dealers and utilities. The month of June, should be the Leaf sale volume uptick, that will keep the Leaf as a worthy contender!

And Martin Chevy in Torrance is offering $3,500 off all trims, at least last time I checked.

Definitely some good deals out there, but I expect the discounts to get a little bigger since movement still seems slow. We’ll see….

Rydell and Keyes have been competing hard on price for the Volt and Bolt for the last half decade. This is a pretty typical Volt or Bolt discount for these two high volume dealerships.

Both are well-known for their price cutting, and therefore make a ton of sales. Good for them.

What are the best prices before incentives in CA?
Are there any decent lease deals yet in the sunshine state?
Kevin in Idahstan.

Send them to Ontario. There’s a whole bunch of people on waiting lists for them here, since GM didn’t send nearly enough in the first batch.

Exactly! And Norway can’t get as many as ordered as well.
This looks like GM is more interested in CARB credits and meeting its ZEV obligations than actually selling these cars in volume.

Seriously, GM is bumbling the roll-out big time by not at least filling all orders for everywhere and just stocking based on the released schedule.

Apparently, if they are reshipped to a Canadian dealer they will not be considered new. This means that Canadian buyers would not qualify for potential provincial rebates on new EVs.

There have been reports of excess Californian Bolt inventory being shipped to other US states, though.

Yep. STILL waiting on my Bolt EV ordered in December!

Does it have to do with how the care looks and is made of 100% plastic?

100% Plastic, LOL. Whomever told you that has no clue.

Fake news!
You hold TSLA stock, correct?

He is NOT a Tesla short seller anytime soon, that much is obvious! Plastic parts means light weight trim, I will take plastic any day, over the alternative!

I prefer my interiors to be made of cast iron.

Granite and Marble are my preferred dashboard construction materials. Cast Iron is my worthy fall back choice, in a pinch, when all else fails!?

If it is not made out of Osmium it is not worth having… 😉
I’ll take some protection gear too. 🙂

For the Green Crowd on this thought, why not just go with ‘Ironwood’? – It grows naturally!

I prefer 100% genuine covfefe interiors.

No protection.

Covfefe is the exotic, supple, and smooth organic replacement material for old school orange tanned “Corinthian Leather”!
It is today’s must have car interior luxury item!

Awesome I’ll take covfefe interior in my model 3.

*laugh* Nicely played!

I’m not sure why all the hate to your comment. I sat in one and it reminded me a lot of a Honda Fit. Nice engineering on the inside, but it feels a little cheap. And it costs about $40k. That’s not as mass market as all the press would havd you believe. The Fit is about $20k for a similar look and feel. Total cost of ownership is still much higher on the Bolt.

The Bolt outperforms the Fit badly, though.

Hot hatches comparable to the Bolt start at about $25,000.

Once again, ev-vin to the rescue! His site shows some dealers offering Bolt for up to $4965 off in VA, and $3500 off in CA.

Thanks Sparky, Vinny has a great up to date blog, and he is on top of the best values, from many Car Dealers and their most current advertising (aka: lost leaders, like “two at this price”). Some lease deals are almost too good to be true!

I checked that one this morning. It has NO DCFC!?!?

It’s a $750 option. Any dealer that wants to sell the cars orders them so equipped. But there have to be a few loss leaders without it to advertise that “under $30k after Federal rebate” number.

In MA there is a well known dealer offering $4500 off each of their 120 Bolts in stock. Once they take another $5500 off, I will buy one.

Texans were allowed to order Bolt EVs early. A dealer here just told me that the build out of the Texas orders would be middle June with deliveries in early July. Since the dealer placed an order for a few non-dedicated Bolt EVs, we may actually see Bolt EVs on dealer lots in July.

I’m not buying any car that’s not sitting on the lot. If you order a new car you have thrown away your negotiating power. I really like the Bolt but I’ve bought too many new cars, including factory order cars, to pay top dollar just to have the first model on the block, especially when I know other people are getting such great deals.

You don’t throw away your negotiating power, at least not in my case. The $500 deposit I put down is refundable.

If I don’t like the car when it arrives or I decide the pricing is too high, or they do not give me enough for my trade in, or whatever the issue is, I can just walk away from the purchase.

They refund your deposit and sell it on the lot instead. But I guarantee they will try to negotiate if you threaten to walk away from a car they already know you want.

Personally I am leasing mine so the overall MSRP doesn’t matter to me. But my trade in value and the leasing terms will.

So that beings the price down to model 3 territory.

Basically, Yes! The Bolt was/is a little hard to move off the lot currently, at or around full MSRP! GM needs to start to move some serious Bolt inventory, yesterday!

TBD when there are actual Model 3’s to buy. Until then it’s pure speculation.

It’s not a very good sign if these cars are already getting discounted this heavily so early in the product cycle. I mean, I guess it could be a sign that consumers are all in on Tesla and only Tesla. But, let’s just wait and see. I think some of the air will deflate when the reality of Tesla Model 3 options pricing sets in.

I think GM has overestimated demand for the Bolt. It is a great vehicle, but small hatchbacks just aren’t that popular in the US, not to mention the Model 3 hype and the upcoming Leaf 2.0.

So if there are too many cars on the dealer lots, dealers will cut prices, to move those cars.

So while this could mean we will see the bolt in dealer lots located in other states sooner, it could also mean that some of those dealers will be more conservative, when ordering Bolts.

The problem was that GM overpriced them to begin with, so this is more a matter of bringing the price back in line with what the market will actually bear.

Agreed. You can now get a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium for about the same MSRP as the Bolt Premier. IMO, the Pacifica Hybrid is much more vehicle for the money, and effectively an EV for 90% of my driving profile. The Bolt doesn’t stand a chance with the general public that still lacks understanding of the technology and is deftly afraid of having to charge their car to get around.

It is actually a good sign. It is a sign that GM is treating the Bolt just like every other car they sell. GM relies heavily on throwing cash on the hood to get buyers to believe they are getting a good deal. This is typical of how many car companies sell to “price point consumers”. Currently GM is throwing cash on the hood on the majority of their cars. Here is a list of all the customer cash back incentives GM is currently offering. This doesn’t even include incentives that GM may be offering to dealerships for each unit they sell: Even the Corvette is eligible for $7,700 in incentives. Sales aren’t what we all projected (My own 2K units/mo projections were proven wrong). But this isn’t a sign or signal or anything like that. This is just business as usual. GM discounts cars every summer. There is nothing unusual about GM treating the Bolt like every other car they sell. I will even go out on a limb and predict higher discounts between now, and the end of the summer when they change over to Model Year 2018’s. That would be entirely normal for how GM sells… Read more »

Relatively slow CSS only as extra cost add-on, polarising narrow seats, 2x the cost of a LEAF == hard sale.

80 kw CCS would be fine, if it were available.

Meanwhile in Québec, Canada…

If you want a Bolt, there’s a waiting list of 200+ people who put a 500$ deposit to order their Bolt.

Waiting time is close to 8 months right now. Can’t wait to get a ZE law in Québec.

Not waiting for a Bolt in QC. I went for a 2017 Volt instead. No waiting list. I’m sure I’m not the only Bolt interested party in QC who fell into the Volt trap in QC. 2017 should be a record year for GM volt sales in QC. QC is the top selling Volt Canadian Province.

Not sure what the big deal is with this $3,000 off. My sister got $3K off MSRP on her Bolt back in March.

$3k-$4k off MSRP is pretty much the norm from any So Cal dealer who wants to sell them.

This is Crazy. Ask those dealers to return their cars back to GM and the company can release it to those states where its still not sold. Definitely there are many in other states who will be craving for this car. 238 mile range is awesome and it has lot of interior space and its classified as a Crossover.

GM did a very bad decision of selling it to only few states and then expanding to other. Is it a trick to keep the sales of Bolt low?

Dublin Chevy is currently offering $3750 off every 105 Bolts in stock…

Wtf is wrong with you, GM!?

Europe waits impatiently for the AmperaE while you have to throw out discounts in order to attract customers in CA?

Some piece is missing here..

Doesn’t PSA own Opel?

European import tariffs.

With over 5600 Bolts showing up on, I think it’s safe to say the Bolt isn’t a hot seller (likely due to form factor + price + general public still has no clue about EVs).

All of those folks claiming there is all this pent up demand in other states are likely wrong. Sure, there are those EV enthusiasts waiting for it, but just as with California, that initial demand will get satisfied in the first couple of months and then…back to where we are now. Even worse, by the time the Bolt shows up in these states, the Model 3 will likely have been officially shown and they hype train will have ramped up even more…poor Bolt.

I’ve been tracking Bolts in IL. They’re not due to sell here officially until a few months from now. However some dealers imported from CA a few weeks ago… Most are still on the lots. I suspect sales will be flat which is unfortunate in the long run.

Average price of a vehicle sold in this country is $32,000+ and the Bolt at $30,000 after Fed rebate is not a big money for many.

They just want a vehicle that is quick and smooth and different and Bolt is, in all these ways.

GM should conduct an investigation to see whats going on. Bolt is specifically designed to be an EV and only if it sells in high volumes, there will be ROI.

Its only chance is for Tesla to come in too high, above 40k with the base model. If you don’t have a nice looking design then you need good pricing. Bolt is lacking both at this time.

The ROI will come from the follow-on cars. GM isn’t planning on only ever selling one model of EV.

They’ll make “Boltec” cars with what they’ve developed for the Bolt.

Yeah this doesn’t surprise me that much. 238 mile range is nice, but driving it across the country is darn-near impossible since the EV charging infrastructure (especially in the midwest, mountain west, etc.) is still so sparse (other than Tesla supercharging). Effectively then it’s a commuter with much greater range and occasional short road trip capability (if you order the quick charge for extra $$$). In the end, it’s $30k+ for a glorified Chevy Trax. I’ve sat in the Bolt; it’s OK for what it is, but let’s be honest here, the interior is plasticy, the materials feel cheap; it’s a Chevy. I bet if this were offered as a Cadillac it would sell, but knowing GM they’d try to sell it for $75k, and just like the ELR that’s steep when nicely equipped ATS’s (roomier and better platform) start under 40k. Real reason these aren’t selling; demand for this product is limited because few people want a $30k+ compact hatchback, and most who want to pay $30-45K for an electric car want a more luxurious experience. It’s selling poorly for the whole reason we’ve known all along (but dumb car magazine writers can’t fathom for some reason), no one’s… Read more »

Is there not a type of car between one you drive across the country and a commuter car?

I’ve never driven across the US, do I really need a car that can do it?

If I’m driving across country, I’d take my RV or at least a minivan. However, having the ability to do so opens up lot more possibilities, and makes the car more useful even if you never take it across country.

Good deal for the consumers and the country.