Back in April, Nissan updated the process it is using to sell the all-electric Leaf. Most importantly, that meant that interested buyers no longer needed to place a $99 reservation fee to order their car from Nissan's website. Instead, as Nissan's Katherine Zachary told AutoblogGreen, interested customers can now create an account online or order a Leaf directly from the dealer, "without any associated fees. Dealers across the country are able to sell the Leaf, with many receiving the cars directly." In short, the Leaf is starting to be sold just like any other car.

As part of the change, Nissan began issuing refunds to anyone to had previously put down a $99 deposit on a Leaf but had not yet ordered one. Getting a refund does not take a person out of their place in the reservation queue. Zachary added:

The changes are part of the natural evolution of the Nissan Leaf sales process and are a reflection of customer feedback. It's important we provide customers with the options they desire when it comes to the purchase process. Our dealers have made significant investments in sales and service training, and charging capabilities, and are well equipped to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.

In some limited situations, such as when the credit card used to make the deposit was now inactive, Nissan is issuing refunds via check.

Originally, Nissan set the Leaf lease prices at $349 a month for a 36-month lease. This week, that price was lowered to either $289 a month (for SV trim) or $319 for the upscale SL model. That's not all that's changed: the lease term has now climbed to 39 months and the initial payment went from the original $1,999 to $2,999. So, instead of paying $14,563 for a Leaf lease, you can now pay either $14,270 or $15,440, plus taxes and whatnot and minus the federal tax incentive.


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      noevfud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Translation- Total lease cost ends up the same as terms are different. Second, dealers were wining about a model that put the negotiating power in the hands of the buyer resulting in even first buyers getting $1800 off MSRP. Now the dealers can add all the BS accessories and do what they do best, be scum. Don't forget to add in piles of inaccurate info BS service charges for changing "generator oil". Yes, it has happened. What next, yearly grounding service of the pack to release static build up?
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other words, Leaf sales are still supply limited in areas where there is still a waiting list. The change in length of the lease makes the total dollar cost comparison pointless. They can only be compared based upon per month cost. Here is the math: The old lease + deposit is $404.53/month for the SV when the deposit is distributed across all months. The new lease + deposit is $365.90/month for the SV when the deposit is distributed across all months. The new lease + deposit is $395.90/month for the SL when the deposit is distributed across all months. I'm guessing we won't see any drop in the MSRP for traditional buyers. I'm guessing that the lower lease costs represents higher anticipated resale values. Less depreciation typically translates to lower monthly lease payments.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I received my $99 credit on my card. Nissan even emailed me to let me know I should see it on my statement. I think a subsidized lease is a great way to go, this will allow people to "try" the car without making a real commitment.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Just curious - was there a reason why you didn't finalize you purchase?
          throwback
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Yes, the car was way too soft, and the steering feel was non existent. I actually like to drive and handling and steering feel are very important to me, even if it is an EV. I also was hoping for a solid 100 mile range. The interior also left me a little cold, clearly the tech is where the money went as the plastics are Versa grade. Despite those shortcomings, I was impressed overall with the effort. The build quality on the 3 cars I drove was excellent and I was impressed with the engineering. I think a 2nd gen car will work better for me and I found I really need a 150 mile range to make it work for my daily commute.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        I am also getting my 99 bucks back. I like the leaf a lot, but would rather buy the 2013 model with the improved heat pump. Other reasons for not buying now: - The "price" of the vehicle rose by about $3k from when I signed up. - The actual price the dealer quoted to me also included a $1k destination charge that is not included in the advertised price. - I hate car dealers. So I hope that Nissan will produce a more advanced, cheaper vehicle at their Tennessee plant and allow other dealerships in my area to carry the car(to increase competition).
          Ele Truk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I don't think the price rose by $3000, they just eliminated the SV model (which nobody was going for anyways). The 2013 model will also have the 6.6KW charger so can recharge on J1772 in half the time.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leasing is a terrible option, no matter what the vehicle. Pass.
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Yea, the main reason to lease is maintenance, which on an EV is essentially zero. So at the end of the lease you have nothing to show for it (kind of like renting a house).
        marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        @Car Guy and El Truk, I think you are confused as to the nature of the Lease. The lease Nissan are offering is a standard auto-lease, just another method of finance. Nothing like renting a house. Under the terms of this lease, you 'own' the car. You pay all the normal charges associated with the Purchase of a new car, but the finance company (Nissan Finance) claims the tax credit, (which is a good deal for those without enough tax liability). At the end of the contract you pay the residual and the car is yours. The confusion originates from companies like BMW who offered experimental vehicles on lease. This was a form of rental. Ownership remained with BMW . Nissan Leaf lease terms are; (allow for adjustments); MSRP - 33,720 Dest Charge - 820 Tax Rebate - 7,500 Net Capitalized Cost - 25,571 Down Payment - 1,999 (includes 1st month's lease payment) Acquisition Cost - 595 Disposition Fee - 395 Mileage - 15,000 per year Residue 49% (24 months) 44% (36 months) 43% (39 months) 39% (48 months)
      emailrobertcena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks for sharing information regarding this car. this information will be useful for those car buyer who wants to buy this electric car.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the LEAF is a bit homely looking, and I have some other problems with it, but a lease at 289 a month it would be hard to pass up if I was still in the market... whats the Volt at now, 369? Hard choice between those too, but couldnt go wrong with either, especially at those prices!
        BRKF06
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        It's not a 289 month lease. That lease figure doesn't include taxes and you're neglecting the massive cap cost reduction (plus license fees). If it really were 289 a month you'd still have to pay tax on it in most states so it's be higher. But that big cap cost makes it less than attractive.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BRKF06
          Hey, if you're still sitting on an untapped HELOC at 5%, you can just pay the bank interest on the $3k.
        Spiffster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Whoops... Please excuse my grammatical errors... Im used to the Engadget comment system where I can type out a mental stream, then edit the mistakes out later :)
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spotted the first ever Nissan Leaf l have ever seen on UK roads this morning, a very underwelming experience. Pass.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      More money down = lower monthly? If you put down some $30k up front, your monthly payment becomes ZERO? Imagine that.
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