For people who live in Tucson, they know that Jim Click is the automobile sales czar. He owns about ten different dealerships including Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Suzuki, Kia, and of course, Nissan. He has to be one of the wealthiest people in Tucson and also helps many groups, schools, and agencies. During the past few months I have seen him at several events or restaurants and since he is a very out going person, he has often spoken to me.
This evening we went to dinner at a favorite restaurant and after we finished our meal, I saw Mr. Click and his wife come in. I told my partner, now is my chance to go ask him about the LEAF and the MSRP. Soon after they sat down I went up and introduced myself and reminded him we had met several times before. I told him that I was one of the first people in Tucson to reserve a Nissan LEAF and would probably be one of the first to receive my LEAF in December. He knew about the reservation process online. I told him that the day after I had reserved my LEAF, his LEAF specialist called me to introduce himself and answer questions. He knew the sales consultant I mentioned and reminded his wife that the salesman's father had worked for him for years. I told him briefly about my meeting with the salesman and that after of 30 minutes of sharing my excitement about the LEAF, he told me he was going home to reserve his own LEAF. I told Mr. Click, "I think I might have sold a LEAF for you!" He laughed and shook my hand.
I also told him about this forum and repeated the URL several times. His wife repeated it back to me. I told them that many people around the country are very excited about this new EV and anxiously waiting the time when we get to order our LEAF and have them delivered in December. We spoke briefly about the home charger and being asked by the EV Project to be considered for a free charger. This seemed to be new information to him. I explained how the EV Project will connect to my charger in my garage, via satellite, to keep track of my charging patterns and miles of travel per charge. He seemed truly amazed. I was bubbling over with excitement about the LEAF and he could sense it.
Then I told him that us people who have reserved a LEAF are hoping that it will be sold for the MSRP. I asked him if he knew yet if this would happen. He said the price would probably be set by Nissan. I restated that we would really like to buy this vehicle at the MSRP and not over. He laughed and shook my hand again. I said, "So is this a deal?" He laughed again. I thanked him for his time and allowed him to begin his meal with the beer and appetizer that had just been delivered to his table.
My partner said I should write him a letter and remind him of our brief conversation at the restaurant. I could restate our concern about he price and tell him about this forum again. I'll work on that tomorrow. I know Mr. Click could definitely feel my excitement about this new Nissan project. He liked hearing about it. I'll keep you all informed what happens!
We have known the Mayor of Tucson and his wife for years - long before he ran for office almost 12 years ago. My partner said that when our LEAF arrives we will contact the news media, Mr. Click, and the Nissan dealership as I give the mayor a ride in the new EV. Our mayor tried to have some old, gas-guzzling city vehicles replaced with a fleet of about 8 Priuses. People complained that they had the pricey GPS system in them and that they were not American made. They were returned to the Toyota dealer. He and his wife own a Prius themselves. He'll get a kick out of this new EV.
Nissan LEAF - Blue Ocean SL-E
Reserved - April 20, 3:20 pm - Ordered - September 8, 2010 - Delivery: - March 22, 2011 - VIN: 604
EV Project Blink - installed March 17
5.8 kW PV system with 27 SunPower 215 W panels