It would be very nice if the dealer could lock the rates sooner than later after the car lands. Imaging the rates bumped much higher next month or two when most of the GC 4xe get delivered.I wonder if they were trying to lock in a interest rate?
I've heard anecdotes of dealers making you pay within 24-48 hours of the car hitting their lot or else they charge you a "Storage fee" for the exact reason you indicated--they have already had to start paying on the vehicle and in this climate, they can get away with asking for things people would have laughed in their faces at before. Interestingly, the "storage fee" only applies to before payment--they don't care when you come and pick it up, once you pay for it, they'll let it sit on their lot for a week or more without extra fees. However, this is the first reported anecdote of someone having to pay for the care BEFORE it gets there! What would they have done had you said "no?" I can't imagine it would be legal for them to charge a storage fee for a vehicle they weren't storing!