Sofingraw wrote:Hey all!
First post, just bought a Certified Pre-Owned 2016 Soul EV Base with 19,550 mi on it. My first EV!
Doing a bit of research, I discovered that the UVO and Kia Access stuff won’t likely work due allegedly to the phasing out of 3G.
Came here to confirm that is indeed the case, and/or find a way to make it work for me, if possible.
Also, want to validate my purchase and negotiation skills with unbiased folks in the know...
I paid $12500 for the car, including all fees, etc.
With my financing (3.29%) it’ll be $13461 when i have it paid off.
Did I get a Good/OK/Not Great/Awful deal? Be honest! Brutal, even!
Either way, I’m very happy and excited to be an EV owner, and I want to take this thing over 250k Miles!
Thanks for any and all replies, and I’m glad to be here!
Welcome to EV ownership! One thing that sometimes surprises a new e-car owner is that they're generally better cars, in the sense of superior weight distribution, and more torque, and instant torque, and all that leading to better handling than ICE cars. It's all too easy to talk about the environmental benefits or convenience differences, but forgetting that electric generally produces a more enjoyable and safer driving experience.
I think how good/bad a deal you got depends in part on where you live, and what currency it was paid in. Ditto the country you live in will affect UVO access, etc. If that's $12.5K CAD, that's the deal of the century. If it's USD, I'll leave that to others to comment on.
If you're hoping for 250K miles, you'll want to make judicious use of only charging the battery to 80%, and either leaving it there (or only topping up to 100% just before you need the extra juice). That, plus destination AC charging, will give you a longer service life for the battery. So too will controlling any lead-footed tendencies, as both charging *and* draining the battery fast is less than ideal for long-term lifespan.