General Government Motors continues to take the taxpayers for a ride. Not only were they bailed out by their union-loving buddy, Barack Obama, GM is now double-dipping by keeping the taxpayer-backed $7500 rebate intended to trick Americans into buying the pile-of-junk Chevy Volt.
All in the name of green socialism!
Automobilemag.com reports that General Motors has responded to my report questioning whether dealerships are gaming Chevy Volt tax credits. Chevy Volt spokesperson, Rob Peterson, states that “NLPC is confused.” He then goes on to confirm that the dealerships purchasing Chevy Volts and reselling them as used vehicles are entitled to the $7,500 tax credit. Clearly, it is GM that is confused, considering that this was the main point of my report.
GM does not deny that Chevy dealerships are selling Chevy Volts to other dealerships, including a KIA dealership, for resale. At the same time, Peterson also touts the high demand for Volts claiming, “we don’t sell Volts at the moment – it’s almost like we deliver them.” By this statement, you wouldn’t know that sales for the Volt averaged a dismally low 425 per month for the first four months of the year. GM recently stated that they had the capacity to build at a pace of 17,000 per year. So, here’s a question for GM and Mr. Peterson: If demand is so high for the Chevy Volt, why would a Chevy dealership sell the vehicle to other dealerships, particularly when there are supposedly customers lined up to pay full price? The answer seems clear to me. GM is exaggerating the “high demand” for the Volt. And allowing dealerships to take the tax credit intended for consumers is just wrong.
That’s okay. Obama is forcing the taxpayers to buy 101 Chevy Volts to add to the federal fleet.
Peterson also claims that no issues exist with dealerships taking the tax subsidies as long as they are honest with customers. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of that being the case. Many customers who buy Chevy Volts may feel that they are entitled to the tax credit, especially if they are paying near MSRP and the vehicles have such low mileage. The IRS form in its current form does not safeguard against double claiming of the tax credit.
Awesome. The government is stealing our money…twice. Brought to you by Barack Hussein Obama…the man who promised to cut government waste and fraud in order to save the taxpayers money.