madbrain, you are just too nice to them. I feel sorry about your story. Use my quote as your weapon on any dealers.madbrain wrote:I tried to lease a Leaf over the week-end. I went to 3 different dealerships. First premier in Fremont. They had advertised a deal of $270/month + tax for 36 months with $0 down on craigslist. I called at 2:30pm to confirm the deal was still good and they had the blue one in stock. Showed up at 4pm - car was not there, supposedly got sold "this morning". But they had a silver one, which I didn't want. They would only honor the price for the one on their lot. They wanted $1400 more to get one from another dealership.cwerdna wrote:Be careful w/both Premier Nissans. See http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 38#p236138" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.jon wrote: Ready to lease a LEAF SL, near San Jose, CA
The other person who I mentioned is here on MNL and briefly told me about his bad experience. I don't recall the details but when he mentioned "Premier Nissan", my reply was "there's your problem". I'll let him come forward, if he wishes to.
If you do end up leasing from them (or attempting to), I'd be curious to know if it turns out good/bad.
I don't know if us 3 were the exception or the norm. If it happens too often, I kind of wonder how places like that stay in business. They are very convenient for me in terms of distance, but they'd definitely not be my 1st choice to buy/lease from...
Then I went to Capitol in San Jose. They claimed they would match the price and get a blue car from an SF dealership the same day. They didn't match the price, couldn't get the car the same day, and it was coming from Sacramento, not SF. They said it would take 2 days. My experience was so bad, you can read my review on Yelp from 10/13. They are the worst liars and I will never deal with them again. If I manage to get a Leaf I will not take it for service there even though they are the closest to where I live.
Yesterday I went to Stevens Creek in San Jose. They claimed on the phone they would match the Fremont dealer price and get the car transferred to them. But when we showed up, they could not actually make it happen. The price they asked was about $1400 higher over 3 years.
Apparently, there is no blue SL to be had within 200 miles of San Jose at this time. It would have to be driven from Sacramento and that's very problematic with the Leaf given that it needs at least one full charge half way through to make it, or perhaps two full charges.
I was mightily inconvenienced as my Prius 2007 was dropped at the body shop for to prep it for sale on saturday, and it won't be back until wednesday. I had to get a rental car today to get to work. Apparently the Leafs have become more popular due to the high gas prices. I have wasted a lot of time trying to get one, but perhaps this is just not meant to be.
I really, really, really wish one could just do the deal and submit the order online so I do not ever have to talk to a car dealer in my life again.
cwerdna, it will be nice to have honest dealership in US. However, there is no such thing in real world. Don't be idealistic. It is a "fight" between you and dealer. It never come easy. And most of fights are nasty.
jon, you can PM me.
Is it my negotiate skill or I am just lucky? Not sure. I got a good deal from a dealer some people do not like.....Very interesting....I want blue one, too. If I hesitate few more days, it would have all gone in Bay Area.
Here is my Blue SL Leaf. After having it one week, I am now a true believer of electric car! I wish I can lease another one, but our family have enough cars already.