For all current LEAF leasers; the deals are still flying! Do not be discouraged when NMAC does not discount your residual! Although NMAC owns your car and does actually provide any discounts off your residual, you MUST go thru a dealer! Why is this?
Uhh, well, that is actually a very good question and anyone who knows for sure, please chime in but I suspect its done this way because the dealer incurs costs to handle your return and its another way for them to get a little money out of the deal so does this mean that you might not get a good deal on a lease to purchase if the dealer is too greedy?
Well there is very little evidence of that and the reason is likely due to the fact that 2014 was Nissan's best LEAF sales year ever so that means a lot of lease returns due back and Nissan doesn't want them so guessing there is perks for everyone. So what can you expect?
Well again, you simply need to beat feet to your dealer to find out! Some dealers are very helpful in this regard but the "deal of the week" a person just bought out their 2014 S with charge package and had 3 months lease payments waived. So total cost to them (without $2500 state incentive that not all of us qualify for) was $16.7K!! (yeah that means just over $14,000 in real terms!) IOW, the deals are getting better and better.
Finally; its Winter and sometimes our best estimation of our range might not be as accurate as we had hoped. If you find yourself just a little teeny bit short of a plug, your best bet is to shut the LEAF down even if you are less than a mile away. Look at your power circles on the dash for guidance. Don't go below 5 if you are more than a few hundred yards away. You run a strong possibility of killing your 12 volt battery and if you do, its tow time!
But if you shut down just before that point, your LEAF may be able to rest up enough to make it that extra mile down the road to the charger. Your LEAF will shutdown when the weakest cell in your battery pack hits a certain point. Resting the LEAF allows pack balancing (which is pretty much going on all the time) to boost that weak cell and it might just be enough for you to make it. It might take an hour of sitting and balancing but then again, how likely is it a tow truck will be there in significantly less time? Not very in most cases!