You didn’t get hosed. You’re paying $150/month for an EV which is below market.
While it’s theoretically true that some dealers can accept a skinnier deal on a Bolt in certain markets, there is no good reason for a dealer in NJ to discount further. What’s happening on the forum here is that some people are realizing they can get the car for $11/month, if they squeeze a dealer for a super aggressive deal.
But honestly, how many cars at $11/month do you think a given dealer is gonna sell before they require another $100/month of profit back into the deal? What good reason does the dealer have to further discount the cheapest car lease in the state?
The people here trying to press for higher % discount before incentives when the car is already sub$100 are exhibiting the same aggressive practice that they claim to despise, pushing for a one-sided deal: something that is thousands off for the customer but only leaves the dealer with a small to negative profit. In that scenario, can you really blame the dealer for countering at MSRP?
My advice: if you can lease a car this cheap, but the dealer still makes a healthy profit margin, everybody wins. But if you see a $150 payment at 3% off and press for 12% off, even though you can’t find a cheaper comparable car anywhere, just because you think the dealer could be more aggressive, you’re setting yourself up for a hostile transaction.
IMO, supplier pricing or below in NJ on this car starts getting into the territory where the car is so cheap, it will sell. At ~3% off, this is one of the cheapest cars anyone can lease in NJ. I predict the inventory will easily go to people that see value in the Bolt at that payment, and dealers won’t need to respond to people asking for more % off because the cars will sell out before they have a chance to lower the price.
I’m not saying that LH members can’t beat this Supplier+Costco+Conquest+CHARGEUP deal at around $133/month effective, but I am saying that, given the inventory levels of the Bolt, you can probably only beat that price once per dealership. Once someone from LH beats up a dealer for more than that, they will probably get defensive, realize the car has value at $133, and hold firm around that price in NJ for future people trying to claim a unicorn without a good justification for discount.