By on December 21, 2012

Swedish clothing store H&M offers a generous 30-day return policy that urges customers to Buy It Now, Return It Later. Looks like Vauxhall will be following suit.

Customers in the UK will have the opportunity to return the Vauxhall Ampera, aka the Chevrolet Volt, after 30 days if they’re not satisfied with the car. Vehicles with 1,500 miles or less will be eligible for the program and any damage must be paid for.

Chevrolet runs a similar scheme for the Spark supermini, although buyers are allowed 4,000 miles and a maximum of 60 days. Nevertheless, the program is an interesting way to promote a technology and a vehicle that many motorists are weary of to begin with. Now close your eyes and imagine if this program were put in place in the United States.

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14 Comments on “Vauxhall Offers 30-Day Return Policy For Ampera...”

  • avatar

    While it may be even more unwanted, the car does have a better style job at the ends than the Volt.

    Also, they should’ve named it Ampey and created an animated mascot version for the ad campaign. :P

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Yeah. The entire car is still whatever the opposite of superdeformed is, but the nose itself looks a lot better than the Chevy version.

  • avatar
    sunridge place

    ‘Now close your eyes and imagine if this program were put in place in the United States.’ was in place in the United States during July and August. It was called ‘Love It or Return It’

    What’s your point?

  • avatar

    Woo slap a Buick badge on there and sell it as the Amperica.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    I think you meant to say leery or wary instead of “weary,” but I suppose weary is possible too.

  • avatar

    Based on yesterdays article about rampant odometer fraud, if this program were implemented in the States, people would take improper advantage of it to such extent that it would have to be quickly discontinued.

    On the other hand, several lucky punters would get lightly-used Volts for a substantial discount…

  • avatar

    In Europe, you know what this needs? A diesel estate version.
    At a reasonable cost, this would be bought up by fleets up and down the land for maintenance vehicles and so on, yet it would still hold value well on the second hand market. Company vehicles here do not regularly consist of anything but diesel estates, for good reason. Space, economy.
    Yes, I know the Volt has good economy, but it has fairly lame economy when the battery has been depleted, which is where a diesel version would come in and help.

    • 0 avatar

      Great idea for getting people to cross the line to this “new” product. Car manufacturers are really struggling to challenge the dogma of what a car should be. I think they did it partly to themselves by building on that stereotype. All the traditional (conservative) car media is not challenging that idea either.

      @ piro: Your point is idiotic.
      I understand the thought: Hmm, I like that car, but not totally. What do my colleagues drive? Yeah lets combine these 2 ideas. But it’s too simplistic.

      American cars are not great sellers in the EU. Fact.
      Listen to this: converting a US hybrid into a EU only diesel station. Say it again and then slowly. Sounds crazy doesn’t it?
      Why would you buy such a product if there are enough stations around on the market even those made by Opel/Vauxhall themselves

      Besides the point, don’t you think car manufacturer’s are trying to find out what the car of the future is? And that this Volt/Ampera car is a big experiment into something new?

      Volt, Prius, Leaf, BMW i3 (looks dorky but it is more important for BMW than the i8 as I’ve been told by Munich insiders), Renault is even trying different financing strategies (leasing your batteries instead of buying).

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Uh, no. I’m getting ready to go on a 750 mile one way trip tomorrow. Along drive yes, but not unheard of. I’d take a volt on that drive if I had one. Most Europeans would be aghast to drive that far in one day and employee unions would be up in arms if their employees had to drive that much in a day. A diesel wagon would be a tiny market. Oh, and I’m only driving across four states.

      • 0 avatar

        Europeans drive across the continent on vacation, often towing a caravan. I fail to see your point. Individual European countries might be relatively small, but Europe as a whole sure isn’t. I drove from Berlin to Stockholm in one day- it was plenty far, and at $11/gallon I was certainly wishing my wagon was a diesel. Most Americans seldom drive farther than work and back, and many only have long commutes because they are seduced by the ridiculous suburban dream of having a uselessly large house and yard.

  • avatar

    If you’re going to buy this car, you’re not going to return it in a month.

  • avatar

    Uh, a 30-day return policy is not particularly generous for a retail outlet like H&M. A car company is a different story.

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