Used Car of the Day: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 2020 chevrolet bolt

If you're looking for a new-ish EV, this forum user has a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt for sale.

This Premier-trim Bolt has almost 22,000 miles on it and the Idaho-based seller seems frustrated with the car's "slow" charge times.

He or she will "consider" including a 240-volt charger and 20-foot extension cord. The seller wants $31K for the car.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Danny Albarran Danny Albarran on Jan 07, 2023

    Real world Chevy Bolt owner here. Bought a new one in September of 2020 and have put almost 30k miles on it, have yet to take it in for the battery recall swap, but I am on the schedule for later this month.

    I have to say, in defense of the Bolt, it is an excellent car for the money (paid just under 22k OTD after tax credits). Interior fit and finish has held up extremely well after 2+ years shuttling kids of various ages (3, 3, 6, and 11) around town (obviously never more than 2 at a time, not much room for more than that). It has been used primarily as my commuter to and from my work at a fire station 40 miles or so from my house.

    I bought it as a trial balloon into the EV foray, and it has exceeded my expectations. It is not a road trip car, I would not take it more than 100 miles away if I expected to get back on the same charge. Using the A/C or the heater, or driving over 72 really saps the range. Have not paid a cent for maintenance thus far. You just get in and go, and when the battery gets below half or so, I plug in at home on a level 2 charger overnight and it's ready to go when I leave the house the next morning for work at 430.

    If you were a 1-car family, it would take some imagination to make an EV work for you, but if you can have 2, an EV (and a dirt cheap one at that) is a great commuter.

  • Syke Syke on Jun 20, 2023

    Another real world Bolt owner here, picked the wife up a 2020 Premiere with 11k on it at CarMax for $29,000 this past February. Got $20,000 in trade for the wife's 2020 Nissan Kicks with 17k on it. Adding this to my 17 Premiere, and finally having installed the second charger in the garage (first one is outside), we're set for the foreseeable future.

    Totally happy with the Bolts. The slow rate of Level 3 charging is their only weak point, and we're not using either of the cars (currently) for 600 mile trips. Right now long distance for the cars is the 140 mile round trip commute to Jamestown Settlement (I'm part of the crew), and we'll do one day 300-400 mile trips with one planned recharge at the midway point while we have lunch/dinner.

    Yes, we still have one gas car: Our Kida Sedona beater with 150k on the clock but still running fine. Long distance travel for use usually means one of two things: A reenactment rather far away which means carrying a lot of camping gear and kit, so the van is an absolute necessity, no matter what the propulsion source. Or a trip to some motorcycle rally, which means the Electra Glide hits the road.

    At present, the van is used seldom enough that it sits under a car cover with a battery tender hooked up 24/7/365, and I'll make a point of pulling the cover once a month and at least starting it up, if not deliberately using it for errands that day, just to run the van.

    EV's definitely work here, and with no adjustment whatsoever to our daily routine. Next couple of years, the 17 will get traded, probably on a used Tesla, although that's going to depend on what's out there in the next two years time. And the van goes EV once somebody brings one out at a price we can afford.

  • ToolGuy "Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us. We talk to customers every day. As retail automotive dealerships, we are agnostic as to what we sell. Our business is to provide customers with vehicles that meet the needs of their budgets and lifestyles.”• How many lies can you fit into one paragraph?
  • Spamvw Three on the tree, even Generation X would have a hard time stealing one of those.
  • ToolGuy This trend of cyan wheels needs to end NOW.
  • Kwik_Shift Interesting nugget(s) of EV follies.
  • SaulTigh I've said it before and I'll say it again...if you really cared about the environment you'd be encouraging everyone to drive a standard hybrid. Mature and reliable technology that uses less resources yet can still be conveniently driven cross country and use existing infrastructure.These young people have no concept of how far we've come. Cars were dirty, stinking things when I was a kid. They've never been cleaner. You hardly ever see a car smoking out the tail pipe or smell it running rich these days, even the most clapped out 20 year old POS. Hybrids are even cleaner.