States with no sales tax usually make up for it somehow, either with a really high vehicular registration tax or higher property taxes. There's no free lunch (though Chris Christie probably should hold off from eating a few lunches).On a $35k Bolt at 8% sales tax, that is a better deal than NY's $2000 rebate, by about $800.00
I wish NY had done the no sales tax thing instead of the rebate. The amount of money spent on deciding how to even implement the rebate seems silly to me. A sales tax exemption, in theory, seems a lot easier logistically, and is still effectively a point of sale rebate since sales tax is typically collected by the dealership at time of sale.
For NY state, at least you have a state rebate. IL had a sweet 10% off base MSRP which mean $3914 for a gen1, $500 less for a gen2, but the program has been suspended because of inept government can't seem to balance a checkbook if their life depended on it. So there's a stalemate between the legistlature and the governor. Governor says to bring a balanced budget, and the legistlators want to keep everything going borrowing along the way with deficit spending. It's quite a circus, but not as bad as two previous Governors who are in prison. But no matter how bad it gets, I'm not leaving my little rural paradise.