A writer at the National Legal and Policy Center thinks something fishy is going on regarding the $7,500 federal tax credit offered on Chevy Volts. The post alleges that dealers are selling the cars to each other to claim the money, then reselling the cars as "used" to consumers, who would no longer be eligible for the credit. Writer Mark Modica started making phone calls to dealers when he noticed a suspicious number of used Volts for sale with very low mileage (one with all of 10 miles).
"When I asked if I was eligible for the $7500 tax credit, I was told that I probably wasn't since the dealership was applying for the subsidy," he writes. No word from Chevy or a sense of how widespread the problem might be. But given that the post has been picked up by the Consumerist and Autoblog, we may not have heard the end of it. (Read more Chevrolet Volt stories.)