So our lease on a 2015 Nissan Leaf SV is up on a few days, and I’m shopping around for dealers to use in the buyout process. Because we originally leased from a Maryland dealership (delivered on a flatbed to our house), and Maryland requires a state inspection during ownership transfer, I can’t use them. Ie, the Leaf can’t make the 180+ mile drive to even get there.
So using a local dealership means I’m paying sales tax again, but there’s not much I can do about it, and it’s not my question.
My question is the following: Nissan already stipulates a $300 purchase option fee, but the first quote I received from a local Nissan dealership also added on their $599 dealer handling fee. I’ll certainly shop around for offers from other dealerships, but what are my options here? Is there any Nissan documentation that indicates the required $300 fee is supposed to already cover this? There are only a few dealers close enough to drive an ~80 mile Leaf (with no quick charge) to, so I can’t expand the net very wide on this.
Any thoughts or advice?