We bought out our 24K miles, '15 Nissan Leaf S (no qc) at local Nissan dealer yesterday. Purchased the car with loan from NMAC. Happy with car and deal. Here it is:
MSRP- $30,620. Includes $29,010 base price + $850 destination + splash guards, floor mats, cargo mat, and cargo cover.
Lease Payments- $9,504 ($264x36). Includes NMAC/dealer discounts, 7% sales tax, $199 doc. fee, $1.25 tire fee, and $595 acquisition fee.
Buyout Price- $9,194.00 ($11,601.40 Contract Buyout Price less $2,407.40 Nissan Discount).
Purchase Amount- $10,336.58. Includes 7% sales tax and dealer fees ($199 document and $300 purchase).
Total Paid- $19,840.58
Notes- Live in Southern IN, USA with very few BEVS on the road and no state, local, or utility rebates available. We've seen app. 5 Leafs, 5 Volts, 3 BMW i3s, and 4 Teslas total in the last 3 years. In other words, local auction prices for BEVs are likely low in our 250K metro area due to poor consumer demand. I contacted NMAC about the available buyout discount after clueless local monopoly Nissan dealer finance person said no discount is available. NMAC mentioned program that is available to dealers, after I told them that other customers have reported (online) getting such discounts. Contacted local dealer finance person again, maybe a different person this time, and he looked it up on computer and found it. I contacted another Nissan dealer 40 miles away and they were even more clueless, but later got back to me and offered measly $1K discount on contract price. I'm not sure if contacting NMAC was the reason for getting the discount, but persistence does pay off. The discount does vary from month to month and likely by location. Maybe no QC port also lowers resale value and increases discount because it reduces export potential?
Leaf is used for wife's 14 miles RT commute and local "city" driving. We average about 150 MPGe throughout the year, and really appreciate the efficiency and fun to drive nature of the car. It's a great runabout. GOM is 91-98 miles now at full charge, down from 100-106 when new, so maybe 10% loss in battery capacity. It still has 12 bars and battery is now 3.5 years old, as the car was in the dealer showroom for 5 months before we bought it. We hope to keep it 10-20 years.
2015 Leaf S