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Sorry for this post being targeted at just us WA guys but this is ultra frustrating and I want to save others time and energy on this. I just spent 90 minutes calling the WA department of licensing and the WA department of revenue and speaking with a tax specialist. The WA department of licensing had no idea at all if anything special applies to the Volt, so who knows about the WA $150 EV licensing fee. My dealer wants to charge me it, the licensing office wasn't sure at all if I should be charged it. (I'm thinking yes since it's part of the requirement for the tax exemption)

Department of revenue says YES the Volt (brand new, not used) is SALES and MOTOR VEHICLE USE tax free! My dealer would NOT budge last night when we were putting together a deal and basically said that I was asking them to break the law by not collecting the tax at point of sale and they weren't going to break the law. What's worrying is they said they've sold some Volts in August and charged tax and all the paperwork went through fine! I feel bad for those owners that now might have to fight for a refund, taxes, confusing stuff!

Anyway, http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/altfuelexemptions.html and http://dor.wa.gov/Docs/Pubs/SpecialNotices/2016/sn_16_clean_alt_feul_hybrid.pdf , print them out, take them to your dealer if they put up a fuss. That's DOL and DOR for Washington state saying it's sales tax free and that the MSRP is within limits. I would NOT pay tax and walk away from the offer if they refuse to sell it without tax. If something is wrong and they need to collect tax after the sale let the State and the dealer spend the energy correcting their mistake, not us fighting for our money back!

(This only applies since July 1st 2016 on new sales and there may have been a one or two week window at the start of July that they DID owe tax on these cars, but anything in August and onward this should for sure apply to... also, I'm not a tax professional or lawyer and this should not be treated as legal tax advice, just trying to save everyone some energy)
 

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Take a look at RCW 82.08.809. Looks like the base model price must be under $42,500, then the first $32,500 is exempt from the tax. At least that's how I read it. Dealers should know this as it is a selling point. Which dealer is this?
 

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Take a look at RCW 82.08.809. Looks like the base model price must be under $42,500, then the first $32,500 is exempt from the tax. At least that's how I read it. Dealers should know this as it is a selling point. Which dealer is this?
That is correct, sorry that I forgot to mention that, all the Volts I've been looking at have been under $42.5k and I'm looking at lease so I wasn't even thinking about being taxed on the extra $1,000 or $2,000 that my sale price is going to be past the $32.5k exemption.

McCurley Integrity Chevrolet dealer in Pasco, WA. I dropped by one of their "off site" sales events last night and talked with one of their sales people and I believe Andrew Oppelt (one of their sales managers). They're friendly enough as low pressure kinda guys, but man they just shoot down any and all negotiation at all (They offered the only Volt they had at invoice, said they would only make ~$740 off the deal, and no way would they "lose money" on a car and that was that) and they were certain certain certain that all Volts had to pay tax, even the couple rather recent sales they've done, supposedly in the last few weeks.

Sadly I want this damn car (lease) and I think I might go back and talk again (fully expecting they won't move on the price again) and see what the terms price out to be now that it won't have tax included. There's a dealer in California that's willing to ship and basically quoted me the same price for an LT with Bose, Leather, and Illuminated Charge Port and Cargo Net (all things this Volt locally doesn't have) for basically the same price and the shipping ($650) would be the only extra cost... but I'm not sure I want to hassle with the shipping and out of state and crap...

Plus McCurley may have screwed up my private offer. They "redeemed" it last night to verify that it was good, printed the paper, and then RIGHT away realized the residual he put in was 10% too high, so the payments went from an awesome ~$260/mo to like $340 a month and I walked away. I didn't sign anything and he gave me all the private offer paperwork, but I'm worried it'll show up as redeemed in GM's computer system. McCurley I'll put through the wringer and make them sit on the phone with GM getting the private offer straightened out if need be, I'm not sure the out of state dealer will do all that extra effort... *sigh*
 

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We just bought a Volt last week (Dec 2016) from Blade Chevrolet in Mount Vernon. They told us that there was no sales tax on the first 32K (not 32.5K), and that's how they wrote the deal. I didn't even know about that incentive! It was kind of like finding $2720 in quarters inside the couch. I probably won't get that lucky ever again.
 
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