As others have pointed out, it is whoever buys the car that gets the credit (the leasing company, not the dealer).
Originally Posted by motobarry
But, there are also times that common sense can prevent miscommunication like this. For example, if the tax credit used to be used to drop your payment, but no longer does, that would mean that the tax credit went to the leasing company -- wouldn't you wonder if the tax laws changed?
And, let's say you lease at $299/month (as is typical here) for 24 months (24 month leases were common a couple months ago), and you DO get the tax credit. You're paying $7,176 in monthly payments and perhaps $500 down, that's $7,676. You expect the federal government to give you back $7,500, and the state $1,500, so you're getting paid $1,324 to take a new car off a dealer's lot for 3 years?
If the dealer indeed did tell you that you would get the tax credit, you likely do have a case against them (unless you signed away some rights). But in the future, some common sense can go a long way.
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