2011 Chevrolet VoltEnlarge Photo
Just as dealers have to discount unpopular cars, they often add "surcharges" to models where demand outstrips supply. It's auto dealership yin and yang, or something.
Now mega-dealer chain AutoNation has drawn a line in the sand, flatly stating that its dealers will sell their limited allocation of 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric cars for the sticker price--which is $41,000 including a $720 delivery charge.
Worries over rapacious dealers marking up 2011 Volts spiked early this month, when an e-mail from one Los Angeles dealer quoted a $20,000 surcharge on the Volt.
2011 Nissan LeafEnlarge Photo
GM will only make 10,000 Volts in 2011, and another 45,000 during 2012, and demand for the carmaker's first-ever four-seat, four-door electric car is expected to be high.
AutoNation will extend the same policy to the 2011 Nissan Leaf, with a sticker price of $32,780. Sticker prices for both cars do not reflect any Federal tax credits or state incentives.
There's one little exception to this policy: Dealer-installed options are still allowed. Does that mean we're likely to see $20,000 floor mat or clear-coat packages?