2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

 
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
 
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
 

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

MSRP 
$37,495
Invoice 
$36,762
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: mpg City, mpg Hwy
  • Engine: Electric, 200 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is General Motors' entry into the burgeoning electric car segment. The competition is heating up to deliver an affordable electric-powered car with the range and practicality needed for mainstream acceptance and GM has delivered. The 2018 Bolt EV features a 60-KWh battery pack that accomplishes a 238 mile range on a single charge, 0-60 mph performance that rivals conventional gas engines and a robust standard feature set. MSRP for the Bolt starts around $36,000 but available tax credits may bring the price down substantially.

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What's New For 2018

For 2018 the Bolt EV gets a heated steering wheel added to the LT's Comfort and Convenience Package" while making the feature standard for all Premier trim levels.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 4 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Traction Control
    • Daytime Running Lamps, LED with signature lighting
    • Air bags, driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal includes Passenger Sensing System; head-curtain side-impact and thorax side-impact seat-mounted for front and rear outboard seating positions; driver and front passenger knee (Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered, replaced with (AYG) air bags. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
    • Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Safety belts, 3-point driver and front passenger includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear outboard and center position
    • Safety belt indicator, driver
    • Safety belt indicator, front passenger
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Teen Driver mode a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System, manual learn
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, roof-mounted, shark-fin
    • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first); EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2018 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, USB ports (2) and auxiliary input jack, located in front center console
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio System, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 10.2" diagonal LCD color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for phone; featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Liftgate handle
    • Door handles, body-color
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable with washers
    • Glass, solar absorbing windshield
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, Black, manual-folding
    • Lamps, stop and tail, LED
    • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL), LED
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge, low and high beam projector
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Recovery hook, rear
    • Recovery hook, front
    • LPO, Tire Inflator Kit Package includes (SD4) Tire inflator, LPO (Included and only available for ship-to state Rhode Island only.)
    • Tires, P215/50R17 all-season blackwall, Michelin Selfseal puncture-sealing
    • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding (Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered.)
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way manual
    • Head restraints, front, adjustable (up/down)
    • Head restraints, rear, outboard seats, articulating
    • Console, floor with sliding armrest
    • Console, front floor with covered storage
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, located forward of the front storage bin
    • Floor mats, carpeted front
    • Floor mats, carpeted rear (Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered.)
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
    • Steering wheel, 3-spoke, deluxe
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio, phone and cruise control
    • Instrumentation, digital with mph speedometer
    • Driver Information Center 8" diagonal enhanced multi-color configurable graphic display with 3 themes and energy-use monitors
    • Outside temperature display located in the Driver Information Center
    • Display, vehicle efficiency with programmable charge times
    • Drive mode control switch (Normal and Sport)
    • Charge control, programmable time of day with charging status indicator light on instrument panel
    • Charge control, location based, selectable GPS enabled with programmable "home" charging setting
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
    • Windows, power with front passenger Express-Down
    • Windows, power with rear Express-Down
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Lock control, liftgate, power remote open/close
    • Keyless Open, passive unlock and lock on all doors and liftgate
    • Remote Keyless Entry, extended range with remote start, panic button and door lock/unlock functions
    • Remote vehicle starter system includes Remote Keyless Entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer
    • Remote panic alarm
    • Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
    • Air filter, cabin
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Heat ducts, rear (Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered.)
    • Glovebox, passenger-side
    • Cup holders, 2 front and 2 rear
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger sliding vanity mirrors, covered
    • Assist handles, 2, rear outboard with rear coat hooks
    • Lighting, interior, ambient LED-based front reading lights, dome and incandescent cargo area lamp
    • Shift knob, leather-trimmed with satin silver and chrome accents
    • Storage, in front of shifter and driver and front passenger door panels
    • Storage, rear cargo area, intended for charging cord, covered
    • Door handles, inside, chrome
    • Cargo cover
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, none
    • Electric drive unit, (200 hp [150 kW] 266 lb-ft of torque [360 N-m])
    • Final drive ratio, 7.05:1
    • Front wheel drive
    • Suspension, Performance ride and Handling
    • Suspension, front independent
    • Suspension, rear, semi-independent, compound crank
    • Battery, 60 kWh, Propulsion, Lithium-ion, Rechargeable Energy Storage System
    • Charge cord, 120-volt, portable
    • Charge cord, mode 2 charging, NEMA to type-1 vehicle connector (Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered.)
    • Fuel, none
    • Alternator, none
    • Electric Propulsion
    • Electronic Precision Shift, electronic transmission range selector with Low selection for throttle off regenerative braking
    • Charger, 7.2 kW high-voltage
    • Battery, 12-volt with rundown protection
    • Steering, power, non-variable ratio, electric
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Keyless start, push button
    • Brake, electronic parking
    • Regen on Demand, steering wheel paddle, regenerative braking

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Regenerative
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 16.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - EN0
    • Engine Type - Electric
    • Fuel System - Electric
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 200 @ - TBD -
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 266 @ - TBD -
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 102.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 164.0
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 62.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.1
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 50.8
  • Mileage Features
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - City (N/A) - 128
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy (N/A) - 110
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined (N/A) - 119
    • Battery Range (mi) - 238
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - - TBD -
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.4
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Bolt EV
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Semi-independent
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Compound Crank
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QBM
    • Front Tire Order Code - Q1N
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QBM
    • Rear Tire Order Code - Q1N
    • Front Tire Size - P215/50R17
    • Front Tire Size - 205/55R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/50R17
    • Rear Tire Size - 205/55R16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front wheel drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 7.05
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - - TBD -
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3563
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Photos & Colors

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  • Arctic Blue Metallic Cajun Red Tintcoat Kinetic Blue Metallic Mosaic Black Metallic Nightfall Gray Metallic Orange Burst Metallic Summit White
  • Arctic Blue Metallic
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Orange Burst Metallic
  • Summit White

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Introduction

The Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car is a tall compact five-door hatchback with the passenger space of a midsize car, thanks to a chassis that pushes the wheels outward. With a range of 238 miles between charges, it’s the first mass-market electric car to break the 200-mile barrier, something that otherwise only a $70,000 Tesla can achieve. With its interior room, range, and a price that makes the cost-per-mile numbers work for commuter travel, it’s the first mainstream electric vehicle.

The EPA classifies the Bolt as a small wagon, and that’s close enough; meanwhile Chevrolet calls it a crossover, but that’s a stretch because there’s no all-wheel drive nor higher ground clearance. We see it as a tall compact car. It’s built on dedicated architecture for electric cars, although some suspension components and accessories are shared with other GM vehicles. It handles well enough in turns.

 

Bolt’s powerplant is a simple design. A big flat 60-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack sits under the floor and powers an electric motor that drives the front wheels. That motor is rated 150 kilowatts (200 horsepower), and can squirt the Bolt to sixty miles per hour in less than seven seconds. With that kind of acceleration you’ll never get in anyone’s way in the city. In fact, big bulky gas burners will be in your way. You will feel superior, and be shouting, “Get those dinosaurs out of my way!”

The EV’s onboard charger operates at up to 7.2 kilowatts. A 120-volt charging cord is stored under the rear cargo area. Chevrolet believes most buyers will install a 240-volt outlet in their garage (it might already be in the laundry room), so they will be able to charge the battery pack using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. GM says that with Level 2, it takes less than two hours to get 50 miles of charge; so that would be overnight for a full charge of 200-plus miles. The Bolt also offers an available 50-watt DC fast-charging port, which GM says will give you 90 miles of range in 30 minutes of charging. It costs $750, and uses the Combined Charging System (CCS) protocol adopted by all U.S. and German makers except Tesla. It makes the Bolt EV do-able for road trips.

The battery pack, electric motor and drive unit are manufactured in Korea, but the Bolt is built in Michigan.

Unlike BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen, GM doesn’t plan to finance the building of fast-charge infrastructure across the country. That’s also unlike Tesla, with its nationwide network of Supercharger sites.

Gasoline-powered rivals include the Hyundai Accent, Mazda2, and Toyota Yaris. The Bolt is bigger and has more standard equipment than those cars, including HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, rearview camera, 60/40 split folding rear seat, automatic climate control, two USB ports, 10.2-inch color touchscreen, digital rearview mirror, and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels. And that’s just the base LT model.

The Bolt is rated by the EPA at 119 MPGe. Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, or MPGe, measures the distance a car can travel electrically on the amount of energy in a gallon of gasoline. The Bolt’s score is beaten only by one model of the BMW i3. As for its overall green virtues, it’s a big argument we won’t get into here. Lithium production and coal-powered electric plants must be considered in the car’s pollution scorecard.

The NHTSA hasn’t crash tested the Bolt, but the IIHS awards it the top “Good” rating in every category, enough to make it a Top Safety Pick. This despite calling its headlights “Poor.” Many other cars get that Poor rating from the IIHS, and we’re inclined to agree with them. There is a big difference in the lighting effectiveness of cars for sale today.

For $495 there is a safety package adding forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with active lane control, and automatic high beams. But adaptive cruise control and high-speed emergency braking isn’t available.

The lack of an engine and transmission up front required some innovative crash engineering in the stubby nose. Crash forces are absorbed and diverted around the passenger compartment by a lower cradle holding the traction motor and driveline, plus an upper cradle that contains the power electronics. Each is attached at four points.

The Bolt was the first car on the market to use the new Michelin self-sealing tire; if it picks up a nail it fixes itself, and you never know it. So there’s no spare tire in the Bolt, or even an inflation can, because it’s not necessary.

Lineup

The Bolt EV LT ($36,620) and Premier ($40,905) boast government incentives, including a $7500 Federal income tax credit and a $2500 rebate from the State of California. So if you do optimistic arithmetic, you’ve got a quick little five-seat hatchback for $27,500 and no gas bills whatsoever.

The LT gets three option packages. A comfort and convenience package adds heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. A safety package called Driver Confidence I includes blind-spot monitors, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking assist.

Those features are standard on the Premier, along with leather seat upholstery, heated seats for the rear, a false cargo floor that hides a compartment below, light piping in the interior, GM’s new digital rearview mirror, with a rear-facing camera that gives a wide 80-degree image in the crisp digital display that replaces the mirror glass.

Two option packages are offered on the Premier. An infotainment package bundles a premium audio system, two more USB ports for the rear seats, and wireless device charging in the console. And the Driver Confidence II package adds forward-collision alert with pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

Walkaround

The Bolt has family resemblance to other small Chevy cars, including the new Spark and aging Sonic. It’s an upright hatchback with a short nose, racy lines, sharp creases, rising windows, and wheels pushed out to the corners. This shape makes it look smaller than it is. There’s a plate in front where a grille would otherwise be, because there’s no gas-burning engine needing air for cooling.

Interior

Electricity aside, the Bolt’s standout quality is its cabin space. Its 94.4 cubic feet of interior volume just edges out the much larger and more expensive Tesla Model S, although the electric Nissan Leaf is nearly as good, with 92.4 cubic feet.

The cabin is light and airy, and fits four adults in comfortable seats; with five, it’s pushing the comfort level. Everyone, including the driver, sits high and upright, a position unlike that in the rakish Chevy Volt midsize electric/gas sedan. The front seats are thin, but there’s a lot of legroom thanks to the flat floor and slim dash and console. And the short nose allows superb visibility for the driver, especially useful for parking in tight spaces.

The interior is attractive enough, despite some economy-grade hard plastic. There’s a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, and 10.2-inch color touchscreen fixed on the center stack. The thin fonts on white background look sophisticated, and more importantly are easy to read.

One unique high-tech feature is GM’s new digital rearview mirror, which uses a rear-facing camera to give a wide 80-degree image in a digital display that replaces the mirror glass. Compare that to the 22 degrees of a rearview mirror, usually blocked by rear headrests, roof pillars, wiper, and window frame. The image is crisp, although there can be glare.

The rear seat folds flat to create a deep cargo bay with a storage compartment under its floor that slides out for easier loading. It can fit into a slot in the seatback to gain several inches of height in the cargo bay.

It’s quiet inside. Well duh, it’s an electric car. We heard only occasional motor or electronics whine.

Driving Impressions

We spent six hours behind the wheel of a Bolt EV, logging 240 miles along California coastal roads and freeways at varying speeds and elevations. Our drive depleted the battery, but other automotive journalists on the same route tried harder, and arrived with as much as 25 miles left. So the EPA-rated 238-mile range is not only real, but can be increased with careful attention to efficient driving.

Even with four adults inside, the Bolt accelerates with authority, and can even chirp the inside front tire out of a turn. The torque is awesome. To add to the Bolt’s 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts), the motor makes 266 pound-feet (360 Newton-meters) of torque. You won’t find a vehicle that small with that much torque, this side of a tractor. The Bolt can leap like a spider away from stoplights, and jump like a cockroach into holes in city traffic.

It corners fairly flat on 17-inch alloy wheels, with steering that has a nice positive self-centering action.

There are two distinct drive modes. In the normal Drive mode, selected on a lever like a transmission lever but not, the car behaves like it has an automatic transmission. The brake feel was consistent enough that we didn’t feel any transitions between regenerative and friction braking.

But in the Low mode, the regenerative braking is much stronger, and will actually stop the car without the brakes being applied. It extends the range, but it takes some getting used to, to be appreciated. Some like it, some don’t. One thing is, you have to unlearn the smooth style you’ve come to know. You can’t just lift the throttle and glide gradually to reduce speed or stop. When you lift the throttle, the car puts on the brakes, so you have to run up closer to a stop sign before you back off. We can’t see any plus to what amounts to late-braking.

Summary

The Bolt EV is the first electric car that makes an economic argument, but depreciation remains a wild card. And that argument comes at the expense of taxpayers, since it’s government subsidies that make Bolt’s numbers work. Meanwhile, mechanically it works. Quick acceleration, nimble handling, good interior room in a small exterior package. Spring another $750 for the fastest charging system, and find a place on the road to use it, and you can even drive farther than 240 miles at a time.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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