A Chevy Volt owner took his 2012 vehicle to a Chevrolet dealer in Florida to get an estimate on a new EV battery. The price he was given was shocking, nearly double what the actual car would sell for today.
The 2012 Volt is a hybrid vehicle that was made when Chevy was experimenting in the realm of electric vehicles. An owner of one of these cars took it in for a battery replacement and was given an estimate of a whopping $30,000 for the new battery.
Today, a 2012 Volt is estimated to go for between $7,999 and $17,590.
A photo of the Chevy repair estimate from a Florida Chevrolet dealer began circulating around the internet, with many people writing it off as a hoax, refusing to believe a car service could cost so much.
Bet that Chevy Volt sounded like a good idea at first. pic.twitter.com/q57U0gZowU
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) August 25, 2022
However, Roger Dean Chevrolet in Cape Coral, who gave this estimate, released a statement confirming that the price for the battery replacement is indeed legitimate, and tried to excuse the ridiculously high service fee because of the car’s age.
“This is an estimate for a 12-year-old vehicle out of warranty and for a battery that is extremely hard to get, due to the older technology of the 12-year-old vehicle. The dealership does not set battery prices. In the newer EV or EUV vehicles with newer technology the batteries do cost less. Think of it like big screen TVs. Remember when the first big screen came out, they were very expensive, and as the technology advanced the prices became better. This batter is also out of warranty of 8yr/100k miles whatever hits first.”
The car in question has only 70,489 miles on it, which, in the case of a typical gas-powered vehicle, wouldn’t warrant $30,000 in repairs for a typical tune-up. Meanwhile, replacing a gasoline-powered engine would cost somewhere between $4,000 and $10,000, according to an April report in Consumer Affairs.
While our Democrat lawmakers push electric vehicles on the entire country, their time would be more well-spent trying to figure out how to lower the prices of these cars so your average American can even begin to afford one.