ShahulX
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As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:39 pm

When will dealers have more info?... I don't like the old addege that we dealers know nothing but to be fair, we no nothing more than anyone else... will dealers be getting info soon as well?
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MikeBoxwell
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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:09 am

It really concerns me that every dealer I talk to knows next to nothing about these cars. Whether I speak to Nissan dealers, Mitsubishi dealers, Citroen dealers or Peugeot dealers (all four makes are bringing electric cars out in the next few months), none of the dealers know anything. More worryingly, when you do start asking questions, several of them start making up answers on the fly. I can spot that, but your average car buyer won't know.

Here in the UK, I did a presentation to the Institute of the Motor Industry a few months back, and there is a real interest in learning more, but dealers don't know where to turn. Now from a selfish viewpoint, that's great because it means more sales for my book :) but in all seriousness, the manufacturers have a big job to do in educating their dealer networks and I'm not entirely convinced that any of them have started doing that yet.

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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:11 am

MikeBoxwell wrote:..and there is a real interest in learning more, but dealers don't know where to turn.


Mike, I see some good opportunities there for you :lol:
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Azrich
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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:17 pm

I found the two dealers in my city know very little about the LEAF. Neither of the LEAF specialists knew who Mark Perry is. I told them to do a search on Mark Perry on You Tube and watch the videos where he talks about the LEAF. That is how I learned a lot at the beginning of this quest.
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garygid
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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:35 pm

I refer them them to this site, and mention that other dealers are showing up here.
See SOC/GID-Meter and CAN-Do Info
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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:39 am

I'm talking to Nissan in the UK about a specific Nissan LEAF version of my book. It will be a cut down version specifically tailored to the LEAF. The plan is to have the book available before the first Leaves fall later this year.

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Nubo
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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:07 pm

MikeBoxwell wrote:...none of the dealers know anything. More worryingly, when you do start asking questions, several of them start making up answers on the fly.


Well, they did want to make the experience as close as possible to a "normal" car... :lol:
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:47 pm

The issue is that they are focused on getting the rollout ready and details nailed down so they can train. I was at a dealer today where the Leaf was yesterday and they will be getting about five to six Level 3 chargers! NIce. Locations include, service, customer delivery, customer parking.

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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:52 pm

EVDRIVER wrote:The issue is that they are focused on getting the rollout ready and details nailed down so they can train. I was at a dealer today where the Leaf was yesterday and they will be getting about five to six Level 3 chargers! NIce. Locations include, service, customer delivery, customer parking.

WHOA ! Timeout ! Which dealer are we talking about ?
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garygid
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Re: As a dealer and someone who has a deposit on one

Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:34 am

If I have to choose between several equally-good dealers, I would choose one with a L3 charger freely available to customers.

If you let your dealer know that this will influence your decision, it would be a courtesy to let them know now, while they still have time to arrange for one.
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