Originally Posted by justinnum1
im not sure about financing, but for leasing you can deffenitly lock in your rate...find another dealer
It's not about locking in a rate. It's about incentives. Incentives can't be "locked". Especially 3rd party incentives. They always stipulate taking "retail delivery" prior to expiration. Signing the lease/finance contract is the technical definition of taking retail delivery.
I believe CA has pretty stringent regulations with respect to the dealer notifying the DMV of the vehicle sale within a certain number of days. I can see where the lack of a physical car and, more importantly, a certificate of origin from the manufacturer would pose a problem.