Interesting. I bet they're transporting them to where they're more profitable to sell. The dealers were giving pretty good discounts. The MSRP for the S Plus is $38,690 but back in October they offered $6,000 dealer discount, but in California you have to pay tax on the full amount before dealer cash back. That put the OTD price at close to $36,000. Even if I could have received the full $7,500 Federal credit I would be at $28,500 out of pocket. I can't do the California rebate because you have to keep the car for 20 months to qualify.
Are the dealers offering steeper discounts now?
One thing for private buyers to keep in mind is that if they're buying from a private party the prices don't compare to buying from a dealer. If you buy the car from me for $25,000, you pay $25,000. If you buy the car from a dealer or Carmax for $25,000 and you live in Long Beach (for example) you're going to pay $27,562.50 because of sales tax. $25,000 private party is the equivalent of paying $23,675 at a dealer or Carmax.
2020 Leaf S+