At this point I'm beyond frustrated, because I was told (by the dealer) that I couldn't keep driving the car because Nissan had requested the battery be taken out and drained for shipment
Well, I show up today to get photos of the car (as requested by the Nissan arbitration fellow) and... It's still got the battery in it. It's still drivable.
This was my response
I've included the requested documents and photos with the exception of the sales details which I cannot provide at this time (I'll keep looking.)
In the meantime, I was told the battery had to be removed as part of the warranty claim process. It turns out this was a lie as I see that my car still has its battery installed and is still in the same condition (as far as I can tell) as I dropped it off two months ago. In other words, it's still drivable with its diminished range.
Simply put, why can't I be given my car back and continue to drive it while I wait for a battery? And I am aware that many other Leaf owners have been permitted to do this, so why was I lied to about this?
If you want to "make me whole" simply return my car to me and allow me to drive it while I wait for a new battery. If a new battery isn't available in six months we can revisit your offer to buy back the car.
As for the lawyer comments, I basically said "I hope the offer is generous because if I can't buy the equivalent of a well-maintained Leaf with a excellent battery with the proceeds I'll have to speak with an attorney about my options." (I never say the "l-word" ending in either "yer" or "suit")
We shall see, as they say.