Why people hate car salesmen: Volt dealers figure out devious way to rip off American taxpayers

by editor on June 5, 2011

Our president once remarked “…at some point you’ve made enough money.” Apparently those Mr. Obama was alluding to are not dealers of his favorite automobile, the Chevy Volt.

Some Volt purveyors have concocted a unique strategy to win the future:

car-salesman

It looks like car salesmen's reputations are well deserved

“Many Volts with practically no miles on them are being sold as ‘used’ vehicles, enabling the dealerships to benefit from the $7,500 credit supplied by the American taxpayers on each car,” NLPC’s Mark Modica said in a blog post on the practice. “The process of titling the Volts technically makes the dealerships the first owners of the vehicles, which gives them the ability to claim the subsidies. The cars are then offered to retail customers as ‘used’ vehicles.” 

We wondered why buyers accepted such shoddy treatment instead of seeking out less conniving sellers. Quickly came a clue:

…Chevy has been selling less than 500 Volts a month, fewer than half the number of Leaf battery-electric vehicles sold by rival Nissan. But GM has insisted all along that there would be a slow “ramp-up,” reflecting the complexity of the vehicle and the need to ensure both line workers and dealers can handle the new technology.

Suspicious types (including us) might wonder if the slow “ramp up” of a car our celebrity president has spent a lot of time hyping might have more to do with milking suckers for all they’re worth than with slow-learning assembly line workers. But such things only happen in banana republics.

Be careful of that peel.

– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities

Source: MSNBC

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Navyvet
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Navyvet

Re car sales people. Lowlifes? Maybe but at least they are not politicians, lawyers, or worse, journalists.

deepthinker
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deepthinker

All that is missing is a TV preacher and a member of congress

alien
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alien

Every time I post with the word “social-ist” or “social-ism” (sans hyphen), the post vanishes.

Crazy right but happens w/o fail. So I dug in and sussed out spam filter keyword possibility: c-i-a-l-i-s.

hisham
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hisham

Chevy Volt, what an over-priced, over-hyped, unready for consumption POS. This is the best Obama Motors can do! It’s all about gouging the consumer and placating the unions.

RockingHorseGuy
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Reminds me of the Vega and the first Chevy diesel pick-ups. Terrible mistakes. But people bought them. The Volt is even worse, though, and subsidized at taxpayer expense.

brm
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brm

I remember going to the Can-Am races at Mosport in the mid 70s and being rendered speechless when I saw the Vega Club. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not.

But then a few years later, I had a friend whose husband was a member of the AMC club. They were divorced not long after. She got custody of the kid, he got custody of the Eagle. Thank God.

RockingHorseGuy
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Actually, the Eagle was one of the better cars that AMC ever made. They even raced in NASCAR for a few years.

The Vega? What a piece of crap. Aluminum pistons in a cast iron cylinder have been working wonderfully for years, still work to this day. But no, GM decides to try iron pistons in an aluminum cylinder, just to see how it works. But instead of testing it for a few thousand miles, they just sold it to unsuspecting buyers. I rebuilt many of them in the machine shop I worked in back then. And lost any respect I may have ever had for General Motors.

brm
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brm

“Actually, the Eagle was one of the better cars that AMC ever made”

Yeah, but when you have the Gremlin to compare it with, that’s not saying much. tee hee

RockingHorseGuy
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I always thought the Pacer was their biggest loser. I actually saw a fully decked out lowrider Pacer once. Almost died laughing.

brm
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brm

Oh lordy, I forgot all about the Pacer. LOL! What a painful memory – maybe that’s why my brain was hiding it from me.

AMC was good for a laugh, but we certainly shouldn’t forget the Ford Pinto with the exploding gas tank.

I remember a bumper sticker that warned “I’m driving a Pinto so BACK OFF!” with a cartoon picture of the car moving fast and all these body parts falling off behind it. It would have been funny if it hadn’t been true.

On the bright side, people rarely tailgated if you were driving a Pinto – well, they didn’t tailgate and live to tell about it.

Joe Redfield
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Joe Redfield

I could not care less that the Progressive buyers of this turkey are getting ripped off, but the subsidy itself is a rip off from taxpayers

rs
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There are 500 suckers who’ll buy that piece of shit? They must be a product of the L.A. school system.

Sententia
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Sententia

Man you hit that one right on the head… The democrat model for success is to dumb down the population first, then start feeding the lies to them. Anybody know who coined the phrase ‘tell a lie often enough and soon it will become the truth’?? He controlled Germany in the 1930’s…

hisham
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hisham

MI, I believe it was his propaganda minister that said that!

Ruben
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Ruben

Yeah, I think was Goebbels. Look for the next GM product due out for 2013 named in honor of our own Fuhrer… The Chevy Dolt!

hisham
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hisham

LOL!! 🙂

Noelegy
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Noelegy

Hitler had his Volkswagen. Obama has his Volt.

The difference is that the VW is a decent car.

perlcat
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‘Voltswagen’

heh.

Sidekick
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Sidekick

Don’t blame the dealer blame the government and GM. The dealer people are smart enough to sniff out a loophole when one is presented. For years, dealers have registered new cars as service loaners and other company vehicles and then retailed them as used cars. Manufacturers usually disqualify those vehicles from any new car incentives. The open secret is that at $40K the Volt is a loser and Chevrolet has to find a way to get them on the road. What better way then to let its benefactors in the federal government lower the price at our expense?