onlineuse11
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Is the Prepaid Maintenance Agreement (PMA) plan worth it for a 36 month lease

Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:11 am

I am leasing a 2017 Nissan Model S for 36 months and he dealer is selling me a Prepaid Maintenance Agreement plan along with the lease. He's charging me about $800 for this.

I thought there is very little maintenance with a electric car, but the dealer tells me that i should bring the car for maintenance every 6 months per the lease contract. When asked abt what maintenance is required, the dealer stated that the main checks were for tire rotation and battery inspection and only nissan certified folks could do it which is why its expensive.

Is the above true and is the maintenance plan worth it for a 3 year lease.

cwerdna
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Re: Is the Prepaid Maintenance Agreement (PMA) plan worth it for a 36 month lease

Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:44 am

That's a huge ripoff. The 1st two battery inspection reports are free, as well.

Here's an old thread on this subject: viewtopic.php?t=17925

You can download the maintenance booklet from https://owners.nissanusa.com/nowners/na ... nualsGuide.

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onlineuse11
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Re: Is the Prepaid Maintenance Agreement (PMA) plan worth it for a 36 month lease

Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:10 am

Thanks, yeah based on what i an reading, looks like its a rip-off.

- In the maintenance guide, i see the statement that the dealership always provides complimentary inspection. Is the the free inspection that is being talked about.
- Outside of the inspection, the tire-rotation and brake fluid change seem too simple for the price.


I purchased the vehicle today and signed the agreement, but i have not paid them yet as i am taking delivery only tomorrow. Is it better to ask them to remove the PMA before i take delivery or is it better to go with this and just cancel later.

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Re: Is the Prepaid Maintenance Agreement (PMA) plan worth it for a 36 month lease

Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:48 am

(Embarrassed) I didn't even realize there was verbiage about complimentary multi-point inspections until now. The Nissan dealers I'd gone to had always done that for free and seem to include the inspection stuff from schedule 2 anyway.

The consensus about the brake fluid change at such crazy early and often intervals is that it's BS. I never had it done on my leased Leaf nor my current used one. Some folks have gotten brake fluid test strips to measure moisture and even in the wet Seattle area it's not an issue even after 3+ years. (i should get some test strips myself). I suspect it was Nissan's way of throwing a bone to dealers over lost revenue (e.g. from oil changes and brakes).

Tire rotation is probably $25 at a dealer. You can get it done elsewhere.

You can change the cabin filter yourself in about an hour, spending under $20 for a filter. It's not really required and I didn't bother on my 2 year leased car. I did it finally on my used '13 Leaf at ~40K miles (it had just under 24K miles when I bought it used). I complained about the crappy design at viewtopic.php?p=478564#p478564. I paid $16.81 for https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EAOIHQ6/ at Amazon on 12/18/16. Not sure why its price is now $33, but you can get cheaper ones w/o the baking soda and carbon.

I don't know about the last question but if it were me, I'd have them remove it before delivery. Better to do that than accidentally be stuck paying if you miss some deadline.

Before you actually take delivery, can you update your location info via your user name in the upper right > User Control Panel > Profile tab? That way, we don't need to ask in future posts/threads or do sleuthing to deduce it.

What are your daily driving needs in terms of miles? How much city vs. highway? Will you have the ability to charge at your work/destinations?

Trying to make sure the Leaf is actually right for your uses cases and charging situation and not a HUGE mistake.
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Re: Is the Prepaid Maintenance Agreement (PMA) plan worth it for a 36 month lease

Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:40 am

Some dealers will do the cabin filter change for about $65, and at that price I'm willing to pay them to do it. I prefer the Fram Fresh Breeze filter, though, because I'm sensitive to odors.
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