Days sheltering in place: 73.
Days to normality: 5 (at least).
Today has been a crazy hectic day which culminated in a last minute e-mail telling the Mini USA Car Dealer that unless they can find a way to refund me $9,500 off the price of the new Electric Mini the deal is off.
Trust me, I am not trying to pull a fast one or trying to get something I'm not entitled to. This is a massive dealer screw-up and they are going to lose the sale over it.
When you buy a new Electric Vehicle in the USA to congratulate you on helping the environment the government gives you a tax rebate of $7,500. This means you need to have paid or owe at least that amount of taxes for it to work. If you are low-income or you are self-employed and manage to offset all your income against expenses, then this won't work for you but will work for many people.
Many states, including California, then give you a cash rebate for the first Electric vehicle you own. This is a one-off deal per-person. I already own a Tesla so the Mini would be in Karen's name.
The Mini that we have been trying to buy since February is one of the very first Electric Mini Coopers in the USA / World. Only enough were made for the press launch before the factory in Oxford was closed due to Covid-19. Thus, this is an ex-demonstration model. It has about 256 miles on the clock but for all other purposes it is new. It has been driven by us, probably a few journalists and some others.
The financing application listed the car as "new", which is what I expected.
The problem - for the dealer - is that for some very strange reason, instead of driving it around on dealer plates - which they could have done - they decided to register the car. Now this saves me the registration fee - about $800 in California - but I'm also buying an ex-demo vehicle.
The purchase documents that I received today listed the car as "used", which technically is it.
The problem is that from the State of California's perspective the car is not "new" because it has been registered. I figured the dealer could eat the $2K California rebate. But, the federal government takes the same stance, if you are not the first person to register the car and regardless of whether the person who registered it claimed the federal tax credit or not, you can't claim it.
So, that's $9,500 that I was going to use for the loan payments for the first couple of years and without it the car is $9,500 over-priced. I can't see the dealer eating that, so it's be no new Mini for Karen this week.