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 Post subject: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:02 am 
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What do you guys think? Should I drop of the waitlist and get my deposit back?

I have been number 3 (I think) since June 14th when I put a deposit down on a Fit EV in Westbrook CT. Since then the dealer has recieved zero cars. They have only sold 1 Fit EV ever and that was the one they had in stock prior to the price drop.

I have felt the whole time that I may be letting them hold my money for no reason. I dont think that my dealer will get 3 more cars. Do you?

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:30 am 
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My thoughts...

Have you spoken to the dealer and confirmed you're still #3? I had called my dealerships "EV Specialist" at least monthly starting in June when we got on the wait list. At that time, I believe we were around #7 on the list. He never had any info to share and couldnt/wouldnt confirm where I was on the list. Then about a month or 6 weeks ago, I asked to speak to the GM, and while he didnt have any info to share, he did at least confirm that everyone but me had dropped off the wait list, so I was actually #1! Since then, I've heard from my dealership a couple of times because they finally got updates on my car, and I should have it by the end of the month! Had I continued to assume I was #7, I might have dropped off the list and missed my chance to get the car. Just another tidbit, I'm also getting my car from CT (Manchester Honda) and they only delivered one car between the new lease program start and my car.

Also, is the wait and not having the deposit money impacting you? For us, it wasnt so we continued to wait because it wasnt changing anything in our daily lives. If you need the money or need a new car, then that would obviously carry weight in the decision but if its not negatively impacting you to wait, I say just sit tight and keep your fingers crossed.

Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:12 pm 
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wembley wrote:
I dont think that my dealer will get 3 more cars. Do you?
My dealer has gotten six so far. Where's your dealer?

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:04 pm 
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depends on your situation. if you really want the car, then just wait. keep in mind that people will have their names on multiple waiting lists, so there's a good chance that the people ahead of you have already signed up with other dealers and may have gotten their cars or have grown frustrated and moved on. there's always the Leaf, too. those seem to be much more available. i believe that lease is $199/month, it doesn't come with as much stuff as the fit ev, but i think it works out in the end.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:22 pm 
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The $199/month LEAF lease is for a base S (steel wheels, no navi, no cruise control, 3.3 kW charger, no CHAdeMO, no backup camera, no heat pump). The lease offer also, significantly, involves $2000 down up front, which so many people seem to forget about when comparing monthly lease rents.

$2000 + 36 * $199 == $9164 for a LEAF S with the published lease.

$259 * 36 == $9324 for the Fit EV, and you get the free level 2 EVSE, free collision insurance, unlimited miles, navigation, and cruise control for that price.

Of course, if you're eligible for VPP ( http://www.insidenissan.com/ ) and/or the Nissan loyalty discount then the LEAF may regain a price edge. And there's that whole issue of the availability, as evidenced by this very thread…


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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:08 pm 
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To our thread starter: What did you decide Wembly?

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:18 am 
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Toshi wrote:
The $199/month LEAF lease is for a base S (steel wheels, no navi, no cruise control, 3.3 kW charger, no CHAdeMO, no backup camera, no heat pump). The lease offer also, significantly, involves $2000 down up front, which so many people seem to forget about when comparing monthly lease rents.

$2000 + 36 * $199 == $9164 for a LEAF S with the published lease.

$259 * 36 == $9324 for the Fit EV, and you get the free level 2 EVSE, free collision insurance, unlimited miles, navigation, and cruise control for that price.

Of course, if you're eligible for VPP ( http://www.insidenissan.com/ ) and/or the Nissan loyalty discount then the LEAF may regain a price edge. And there's that whole issue of the availability, as evidenced by this very thread…


undoubtedly the Fit EV is the better deal all the way around, which is the primary reason i got the car. but if your goal is be driving an EV, then the leaf isn't a bad alternative. even if you get a Leaf with more options, say to a model where the lease is $249/month, over the life of the lease you'll be paying $1800 more but at least you're guaranteed an EV. and in the big scheme of things, $1800 over 3 years isn't a lot, especially when you factor in the savings on gas. additionally, in some states you do get an additional rebate. most of us here leased the Fit EV sight unseen. when we got the call from the dealer, there was no doubt in our mind that we were going to the dealer with the intent of signing the lease. i didn't even test drive mine, i just walked in, signed the papers, and drove home. that was quite the risk. what if i hated the car? and as evidenced by some other people on this forum, those who live in colder climates have regretted leasing their Fit EV's. with the Leaf, they're more readily available, so you can touch it, drive it, go home and sleep on it, and figure it out.

plus, at the end of lease, we have to return our cars. and there's no guarantee that honda will have another EV for us lease, and even if they do, maybe it'll be limited production like ours, and so we might be out of luck. with a leaf, you have the option to purchase at the end of the lease, or buy another one. apparently nissan is planning on ramping up production of the leaf in the US.

with all that being said, I do LOVE my Fit EV. even when i took it in to a toyota dealer to charge it, the salesmen were like, "whoa this is suuuuper rare." i feel very fortunate to be leasing one.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:32 am 
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LTWU wrote:
as evidenced by some other people on this forum, those who live in colder climates have regretted leasing their Fit EV's.
For the record, it was actually only two people who said this. That's it, out of the 800+ that are fortunate enough to have been able to get one. They would be art712 and Diane. The rest of us love our cars and do not wish to get out of our leases.
LTWU wrote:
With all that being said, I do LOVE my Fit EV. Even when I took it in to a toyota dealer to charge it, the salesmen were like, "whoa this is suuuuper rare." I feel very fortunate to be leasing one.
Ditto!

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
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blownb310 wrote:
For the record, it was actually only two people who said this. That's it, out of the 800+ that are fortunate enough to have been able to get one. They would be art712 and Diane. The rest of us love our cars and do not wish to get out of our leases.


haha sorry i didn't really read through that thread thoroughly. i live in CA where anything below 60 is cold, below 50 is freezing, and below 40 is arctic.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I give up?
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I would also try calling another dealer. I put my deposit down at the end of August and took delivery December 17th. The dealer was not able to get me any information about the delivery until that last 6-8 weeks. Every Dealer has an Manufacturer's Rep who should be able to tell the deal approximately where your order is in the pipeline, unless of course your Dealer screwed up.


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