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California Chevy Volt Rebates & HOV/Carpool Lane Stickers – 2012

If you’ve recently purchased a 2012 Chevy Volt in California with the low emissions package for California, as a rule of thumb these are Volts that were Built and Sold after March 1, 2012.  Then are you eligible for $1500 in purchase rebates – this is not a tax rebate, but rather a $1500 check that California will write you for buying a Volt.  And you are eligible for a sticker that will allow you to access any of California’s Carpool lanes (HOV Lanes) during commute hours with only 1 person in the vehicle.  A great bonus if you commute!

If you are on a dealer lot and want to make sure the Volt you are buying will qualify for an HOV sticker, you can check the VIN number of the Volt.  Look at the 5th position of the VIN for the letters (E, F, G, or H) For example, my Chevy Volt VIN number is 1G1RD6E4XBU100010.  The 5th position is a “D” so it does not qualify for HOV lane privileges.  Older Volts cannot be retrofitted to include a low emissions package so if you bought in the first year you are out of luck.

The rebate and the HOV sticker are part of two separate programs.  See details below on how to apply for them.

1.)     The $1500 California Chevy Volt purchase rebate is being administered by the Clean Vehicle Rebate program, which is a program from the Center for Sustainable Energy in California.  The rebate pool is limited to the funding at hand.  To see how much is left in the funding pool and to apply for the rebate, go to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program Page and follow the instructions.

2.)    Getting a California HOV Sticker is as easy as filling out a form and mailing it in to the address listed on the form thanks Mark for the catch*  and making an appointment with the DMV to submit it.  (Is anything easy with the DMV?)  Just kidding – this one shouldn’t be too bad.  Download the DMV form here.  Remember to make sure to check that your Volt is eligible.  Note:  You can only apply for this AFTER you have your Volt’s Vehicle Registration Card.  So don’t try to apply for it until after you get your registration.  (Sorry no Carpool lanes on day 1)

  1. Notes on filling out the HOV Sticker form

i.      Your Vehicle Exhaust standard is:  AT-PZEV (Green Decal)

ii.      The Motive Power is:  Plug in Hybrid (Green Decal)

As an early Volt owner, I would have loved to have these advantages, but such is life.

16 Responses to “California Chevy Volt Rebates & HOV/Carpool Lane Stickers – 2012”

  1. Mark Dadgar says:

    Actually, you can’t visit a DMV office to get the HOV sticker, you have to mail the application in. The instructions are pretty clear on that.

    Good info about the rebate – I thought it was a tax credit. Thanks!

  2. Frank says:

    You should create a new post with a checklist for new Volt owners. I’m going through the process right now (took mine home on 3/16) and there is a lot to do and a lot to remember:
    Get a charger installed. Lobby your work to install one or more. Get the rebate. Get the tax credit. Get the stickers. Activate OnStar. Get the OnStar app to talk to the Volt. Save gas.
    I feel like I left something out…

  3. Joseph says:

    Something’s not right. The dealers are quoting $5K markup for carpool eligible Volts. I don’t think this program was meant to enrich dealerships. Some lobbying must have been at action here. This should be disalowed. I refused to pay the premium, so I walked out of the dealership last night. I guess I’m not diriving a Volt.

    • PatrickZWang says:

      Hey Joseph,

      The same thing happened when the First Volts came out in December of 2010. Because dealers own the vehicles, they can do whatever they want with them. If a dealer is charging too much of a markup, I would shop around. When I bought my Volt (#10), I got MSRP even though many others were asking between 3-8k premium. Finding the right dealer is really what you need to do. Some dealers are willing to take the business at MSRP knowing you’ll be a happier long term customer. (Sad to say that is not the case for all of them).

      Whereabouts are you looking to buy the Volt?


    • Mike Luner says:

      We would be happy to sell you one at MSRP if you have not bought one yet. Please feel free to contact me at 408-266-4000 or at mikel@dgdg.com

  4. Tino says:

    Please feel free to contact me at 408-667-5857, we are going to be getting about 80 Volts which qualify for an HOV sticker. We will sell at MSRP.

  5. I will BEAT ANY DEALERS PRICE BY $200 OR MORE invoice or lower. We are Courtesy Chevrolet we have over 100 Volts here in stock right now and we have more to offer then any dealership in Northern California. Contact me with any questions or if you would like to check availability feel free to contact me ( Nathan Casillas) internet sales manager @ (408) 455-1145 or email me at ncasillas@CourtesyChevrolet.com

  6. Robert Kyhn says:

    Just purchased from a dealer in Sacramento (Performance Chevrolet) and they sold the car under MSLP. Very easy and pleasant transaction.

    Love the Volt!

  7. CLO says:

    Try getting a price through AAA auto pricing. I wound up with a quote that was $3.5 K under MSRP for an HOV qualified vehicle.

  8. Joan Eliot says:

    Thank you for the clear instructions on the rebate and HOV application.

  9. Isabel Linares says:

    I bought my Volt 2013 with premium package for about 5k under MSRP from Selman Chevrolet in Orange county (Jason Holley) smoooth transaction!

  10. Sam Turnbull says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know that my work place informed me that they are required by law to provide me with a plug to charge my car. I wasn’t aware of any such law but I was sure happy to hear it. I’ve put 1,866 miles on my 2013 volt using 11.1 gallons of fuel and thats without a 240 charge (not at work long enough for a full charge with the 110-120). I average 80 ev miles on my 96 mile commute. Love this car!

    • Dani says:

      Sam, Where do you work and where can I find the “Law” so I can check into it? I work for a big grocery store chain and it would make me happy to go to work everyday knowing I can charge my car and not use any gas!!!!!! EVERRRRRRRRRRR

  11. Sarah says:

    How about filling the columns in section 2 for a non-premiere 2017 Volt?

    Thank you…

  12. Gal Mariansky says:

    Please note that the chevy volt is now classified as TZEV, under CA’s very simple to understand acronym system for exhaust standard.

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