Submitted by TSLAholic on May 26, 2018
I happened to be next door to a newly relocated and greatly expanded Chevy dealer in my town in south central PA, so I swung in there on impulse to see if they had any Bolts on the lot. I have no interest in owning one, but was nonetheless curious enough to stop in to see it in person.
I didn't intend to interact with anyone and waste their time (just wanted to pull up next to one and check it out), but I was flagged down and approached by a salesman as soon as I turned into the lot. I was honest about my reason for stopping in today.
The conversation went something like this...
Me: Do you have any Bolts in stock?
Dealer: Bolts? You mean the electric ones? No.
Me: I see. Are they still that scarce?
Dealer: PA is not an "electric required" state, so we don't plan to stock any.
Me: (pause, as I attempt not come across as an EV troll) I didn't know that, I mean, you stock gas and diesel vehicles and I'm sure the state doesn't require you to do so.
Dealer: I mean we can get them, but don't plan to keep any on the lot.
Me: (still trying to ease the situation) Are many people asking about them?
Dealer: No. (looks into the distance to avoid eye contact - as if he'd get in trouble if he were to order one for someone)
Me: I understand. You wouldn't want to sit on inventory that isn't in demand.
He glanced over my dirty, daily driven inconspicuous ICE car as the conversation came to an end.
So, either he felt I was there to waste his time, or didn't want to talk about anything but selling me something from the lot today.
I thanked him for his time and went on my way.