Here is how other Nissan LEAF and general EV owners reacted to this post in this public discussion, discussing among other things which car dealers already take orders for Chevy Bolt.
Which dealer is taking deposits and is this an official GM thing or just unofficial with that dealer?
Novato Chevrolet, talk to Dick Dixon. I'm not really sure if this was an edict from GM or just his dealership group. Or maybe it was just good old fashioned salesmanship. But I do expect his car to be in high demand, especially since it will beat the competition by about a year. If interested, I'd act now.
Go to the GM-volt forums. They have a section for the Bolt. Several dealers have offered great deals for the Volt and will likely do the same to the Bolt.
I bought my '16 Volt from Rick Alpren (he's the GM for Keyes Chevy) in Van Nuys, CA. He'll reimburse your plane ticket with purchase. Many of his customers are from out of state.
The Bolt has a lot of promise. It has the 4th gen LG Chem battery, which as done well on Gen 1 and 2 Volts and Spark EV. The CarPlay and Android Auto work very well on Volt and the Bolt's version is the latest version. We should be seeing production versions in CA soon.
Anyone know of any EV-friendly (or deposit-friendly) dealers in Santa Clara County? I'd love to put down a refundable deposit on a Bolt... especially if (as it seems) first generation LEAF owners (who didn't win the free battery lottery) are going to be stuck with their not-degraded-soon-enough battery.
I didn't have luck with NorCal Chevy dealers last October (when I bought my Volt). All stuck with MSRP or higher.
BUT...in December, GM introduced the Costco Holiday Discount, which was available to all Chevy dealers, not just specific ones. That was huge.
The Costco Discount made the price for the Volt at Invoice. Several other incentives "stacked" and made the price go well below invoice. That's why more people bought Volts versus leased at inception (the lease deals that time weren't that good).
This was the first time Costco offered that kind of deal. Hopefully they may do that again this year. My gut is that they will, given how successful the program was. Also, GM has had a record year of selling SUVs and trucks again, which means they got to move their Volts and Bolts as fast as possible.