I've found an offer on a 2016 LEAF S way below MSRP... $18,700. It is out of state at a Nissan dealer. Dealer claims it is still eligible for federal tax credit, has sold /shipped several already, etc. Dealer said he bought it directly from Nissan at a firesale price... that's how they can offer so low.
I called Nissan corporate and got transferred 6+ times over 20 minutes. Reluctantly an agent agrees to look up the VIN and said the vehicle was "registered" to the dealer. She could not confirm more than that or send me an e-mail about it. But she also said from her experience basically every new vehicle was registered with the dealer it was sitting at, so I'm not sure that she means titled (thus using the tax credit).
I've read elsewhere that I need to get the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin... though online I suppose he could still just show me a copy of the original since I won't be driving 600 miles to verify in person. Dealer "guarantees" that it qualifies and is willing to show me the MCO.
CarFax (below) looks clean... I think. I don't necessarily know how to interpret it in relation to the tax credit. There are several LEAFs available with nearly identical history records.
The VIN on the dealer website shows only 16 characters and thus
I ran the details through a dummy TurboTax return, and it shows that it qualifies... but I don't believe they actual check the VIN itself and ultimately it would be up to IRS not TT.
Thanks all! This will only pencil for me if I can get the credit... I just don't want to run into a surprise 12 months from now.
(this thread was helpful >> http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php ... 1f5d7ffa60)