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F*** NY State on Bolt EV rebate!

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Okay, so after much waiting , Bolts are finally starting to trickle... and I do mean trickle (like one Bolt at just two dealerships in a county with 1.5million people) in to the area.

Got to drive a Orange Premier yesterday... it was as good as I envisioned.
In my best Trump'ish tweet tone... "fantastic car...want one!"

Here's the rub.....

NY State is only starting their $2000 EV rebate for EV's purchased on or after April 1st 2017. :mad: :mad:
So even if the dealers get the Bolts on the lot... no one in NY will buy one till April 1st due to procrastination up in Albany since they okay'd the $2000 EV Rebate program in last April (2016).

So we finally get Bolts in NY... physically available to purchase and literally drive home today... but they will sit unsold till April 1st.

FWIW- no discounts either... 100% sticker price! :(

How's that for a kick in the produce section.....
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The main point regarding the $2K NY Rebate is that it effectively blocks all Bolt sales in NY till April 1st even though there will be Bolt's on the lot... unless you care to waste $2000 of course.

And, it's confusing- The salesperson that let me test drive the Bolt yesterday was clueless about the rebate, another salesperson actually offered up the info to me while my guy was getting the keys for the Bolt.
It's also unclear if the rebate is off the MSRP before sales tax, or $2K off the bottom line after sales tax...

I would have been pretty pissed if I had purchased the Bolt I test drove and then found out I missed the $2000 rebate because the dealership didn't know the sale had to be made on 4/1 or later to qualify!

From another article I read, it appears part of the program is to educate the dealerships in the state in regards to this rebate, allegedly one of the reasons for the slow roll out. It also appears not all the details have been published, gotta love the opaqueness of this process, but better than nothing.

And as for the difference between the rebate and sales tax, I prefer the sales tax exemption of 7% for our sales tax. The exemption is immediate and will show up immediately upon purchase agreement, no need to wait for rebate check. And if financing means less to finance up front. Unfortunately, even here in NJ where the tax exempt status for ZEV has been in place for years, most sales people are unaware of it. A friend of mine who purchased a I3 had to educate the salesperson on the tax. The sales person did not believe it until information was put in the computer and no sales tax showed up. Go figure
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