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 Post subject: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:41 pm 
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I'm the happy new owner of a Spark EV 2LT. I live in AL, so my local dealers don't sell it. I purchased mine from San Jose and had it shipped. I couldn't test drive it so had to base the purchase completely on YouTube videos and online reviews. I got to drive one for the first time when I drove mine when it arrived today! I have to say, I'm very happy. We loaded up the whole family and drove around. It was peppy and fun. For being such a small car, it was comfortable for 4.

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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Very nice, I'm sure yours will be the only one on the road for miles! Enjoy


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Congratulations on your new car! That was no easy purchase. Have fun driving!


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:26 pm 
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great going trail blazer!! Glad to see one of these nearer
to the east coast!


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:59 pm 
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Did the dealer make you sign a "no warranty out of California" disclaimer? Good luck when the time comes... Toyota is playing hardball on this with their compliance car,the Rav4 EV.

Here's a blurb from a Chevy dealer:

"Buyers from out of state try to buy Spark EVs from Bunnin, but Chevy dealers are under orders from GM not [to] sell the BEV to any buyers not from Oregon or California because GM wants the zero emissions credits, he said."

http://www.plugincars.com/chevy-spark-e ... l#comments

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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:17 pm 
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Nope. I did not sign any such agreement.

The good thing about the Spark EV is that much of the car is based on an existing car (the regular Spark) and much of the EV portion was borrowed from the Volt. My local Chevy dealers service the gas Spark and the Volt. My CA dealer told me that my local dealer should be able to service it, if they are able to service Volts. I'm also hoping that they start selling them nationwide in the next few years. If we call continue to advocate for them and the sales go up, that certainly will increase the changes of their sales nationwide.

What motivations would GM have to not sell it to customers who are willing to buy their product, even at a premium like me? I can see why they wouldn't want to invest in training all of their sales folks, doing ad campaigns, etc in markets where they don't think there is enough demand. It would be up to us early adopters to prove to them that there is a demand.


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:50 pm 
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Good luck to you. If you need any dealer work on your car (e.g. recall, dealer maintenance, warranty work, out of warranty work, etc.), you could become one of the first test cases to see what the dealer can do and what GM does.
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What motivations would GM have to not sell it to customers who are willing to buy their product, even at a premium like me? I can see why they wouldn't want to invest in training all of their sales folks, doing ad campaigns, etc in markets where they don't think there is enough demand.

Because they want to earn CA ZEV credits. AL isn't California nor a CARB emissions state. You hit the nail on the head w/the rest of it.

A number of Rav4 EVs (also a CA ZEV compliance car) were being sold to folks outside CA. What Toyota did at http://www.myrav4ev.com/forum/viewtopic ... 8857#p8857 is a means of strongly discouraging that. Want a Rav4 EV outside CA now? No $14K incentive for you.

For reference, see http://www.myrav4ev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4143 and http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=6853. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/10/17/te ... buys-most/ and http://insideevs.com/tesla-leads-seller ... s-a-buyer/ might be interesting to you.


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:06 am 
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I know this is an old post, but I was curious how much you paid and what they charged for shipping?


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:21 pm 
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This is a total shot in the dark, but my suspicion is that he dealt with an independent shipper from California who bought and registered the car in California then trailered it to Alabama with a load of other cars going cross country.

I am guessing this based on him saying he paid a premium. I assume he's a fairly dedicated EV advocate and a very loyal Chevy owner. I would be pretty shocked if he doesn't have a Volt in the garage as well.


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 Post subject: Re: new spark ev owner in Alabama
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:45 pm 
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FutureFolly wrote:
This is a total shot in the dark, but my suspicion is that he dealt with an independent shipper from California who bought and registered the car in California then trailered it to Alabama with a load of other cars going cross country.



There's a whole new business; selling CARB-ZEV cars out-of-state! It would be difficult to do a lease, but an out-right sale could be "rented" to anybody out of state, while the car stays registered in California for three years and the owner collects the $2500 state money.

So, the fee would be three years of registration, plus sales tax, plus full cost of the vehicle, plus shipping to you, and a contract to purchase at the end of the three year rent period for $1.

Everybody wins!

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