So I was in a minor accident with my Leaf the other day (evening). First accident for me in over 10 years, and the first one ever where I was not unquestionably blameless. Imagine making a left turn at an intersection and being clipped rear passenger side just even with the tail light by a 2001 Suzuki Vitara going 35-40 MPH, at an approximate 90 degree angle. The damage certainly isn't minor, but at least it is not terribly extensive. No glass, not even lights (OK, plastic), no doors. The rear panel is toast (and pretty much everything it was attached to is affected), the passenger side blind spot thingamajig was vaporized, and there is a dent deep enough to have widened the rear passenger door crack a bit and caused a little paint chip there. Could have been worse.
My question is mainly to do with the leased vehicle issue. This is my first lease. My understanding is that I need to notify the financing entity NMAC of the accident. Beyond that, I don't know what's different about this situation than the usual report to your insurance company and work it out with them (there were no citations issued and no injuries). If anyone else who has had accident in a leased vehicle can point out anything else I need to be especially aware of in this situation, please do.
Aside from making my Leaf whole and beautiful again as soon as possible - my main interest - I also have to consider how this is going to affect the end of lease strategy. It's an extra reason to want the best repair job possible. So the next question is: Is there are a reason to believe a Nissan dealership is the best choice for the repair? Is the quality of such a repair any less dicey than any other collision shop, and is it simply wiser to go with Nissan because it would reduce the chance of controversy over the car's condition when the end of the lease is upon me?
2018 Leaf SV Gun Metallic (leased)
All-Weather Package, Technology Package