The amazing deal ended awhile ago.
Today, I went for a test drive (have driven once briefly before) and to try out the stereo since a really crappy stereo (since there's no optional better stereo) would be a dealbreaker. Also, if the ride was too harsh, that'd make me think twice. I considered the Spark EV but reports of the crap stereo made me rule it out. The dealer was quite busy when I arrived and ended up having a salesman from their sister VW dealer go out w/me (who knew almost nothing about the 500e).
Stereo was fine. Ride was ok.
W/o going into negotiations, local dealer said for a 3 year 10K mile/year lease would be $3500 down and $139/mo before tax. They figured as an estimate 8.75% tax and said the doc fee and license was already part of that $3500 down. 12K miles/year would take be ~$10/mo extra.
If I wanted stuff like sunroof, orange or pearl white paint, that's extra $. I believe white interior was more $, as well. I wouldn't go for any of that.
They mentioned $1000 conquest cash if I was leasing a car from another manufacturer. They just needed my registration card showing the lien holder.
Hmm... seems tempting. Total cost of lease for a 3 years/36K miles due to the conquest cash and after $2500 CVRP would be ~$5671.
If I extend my '13 Leaf lease for another year (viewtopic.php?p=427353#p427353
), I'd have to pay $3140 in payments and probably buy new tires for it.
If I were doing a 3 year lease on a 500e, it might also need new tires at lease end.
However, since I have an '13 Leaf SV w/premium + QC + LED packages, I'd lose DC FC capability (not that important to me), around view monitor (like a LOT) and anything like Intelligent Key System. It just has an old fashioned metal key to put in the steering column and I'd have to futz w/buttons on the key (fob). Also, the TomTom nav unit on a bracket feels like an afterthought.
DaveinOlyWA wrote:10,000 miles? what is the overage rate? I mean 10,000 miles? I only know a handful of drivers that puts that little on their cars annually.
10K miles/year is pretty low, but I know a fair # of people who would put that few miles on their car a year.
If I were to jump on this deal (assuming it's still available when I'm back in the market) when my Leaf lease runs out, I'd need 12K miles/year.
My mom's Altima Hybrid bought new in Feb 08 has somewhere under 40K miles, IIRC. My 06 Prius is now hardly driven since I have my Leaf. It's WAY under 10K miles/year now... probably more like 3K to 5K max.