Certainly, this will not be the case across the country. And it will likely not be the case in newly opened Nissan LEAF markets. But it is worth noting, so we are passing this information along – Nissan LEAF is available without a reservation. At least to a limited degree.
We just got an email from our local dealership that they have some LEAFs available for those individuals that wish to purchase one and do not currently hold a reservation. Obviously, this means that some current LEAF reservationists placed an order and could not take delivery for whatever reason. The reason is immaterial. What does matter is this – for those in other parts of the country that so desire, they can come to California to buy a LEAF from dealer inventory – a situation not available in most new LEAF markets.
Why do we wish to pass this information along? Because there are many frustrated potential LEAF owners around the country that would like nothing more than having an electric car in their garage. Unfortunately, due to Nissan’s current distribution system, this is unlikely to come to pass unless other arrangements can be made. Now they can.
We make this information available with a couple of caveats. First – if you truly do have an interest in picking up an “orphaned” LEAF – make a couple of phone calls first. Find out how many orphaned LEAFs the dealer has in inventory and ask what the selling price is. It constantly amazes us how many people forget to ask that last question. While we don’t expect these vehicles to be given away, we don’t expect them to attract significant premiums over the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) either. We have noted that some dealers are extremely proud of their LEAFs. Others realize that selling the LEAF at MSRP is good for the customer and the dealership. While global supply is constrained, local supply in certain markets may exceed current demand. If you have the ability to get to California (or Arizona or perhaps any of the other initial rollout states), you may have an opportunity to pick up a new LEAF without having to wait the three months or more that current reservationists are facing. Check sources such as cars.com to find out if there might be a LEAF within easy travel distance for you.
If you wish to have a Nissan LEAF in your garage, and you don’t wish to wait for three months or more, there are ways to acquire your LEAF that may not be as painfully slow as you might imagine. Make a few calls and who knows… you may have a LEAF in your garage before you know it.