To claim the 2009 US tax credit on the purchase of a new vehicle, I'm assuming you must take DELIVERY by December 31st, not just make the pre-purchase arrangements at my local dealer. Is that correct? If it is, do I need to pick up the car from the Welt on the 31st, or take delivery in the US by the 31st? Also, can anyone comment on the euro delivery/driving conditions in Europe in late December/early January? I won't have the cash to deliver in October like I'd prefer, and If I wait till Spring, I miss the tax credit.