Just after obtaining issues about dealerships screwing customers above leases, doing every thing from tacking on charges to refusing to provide buyout quotations, Nissan is getting a weird stance. Cars and trucks Direct studies the automaker is allowing some Nissan and Infiniti dealers to demand clients “reconditioning fees” if they want their lease returns to be licensed pre-owned cars.
In a letter despatched to dealers on March 9th, the business claims that it is permitting a $2,500 cap on reconditioning costs for buyers that want to have their motor vehicles qualified. A Nissan spokesperson confirmed the fee with Cars Direct:
This update now will allow for a $2,500 cap on customer-accepted reconditioning costs. In addition, reconditioning expenditures are minimal to expected repairs necessary to meet CPO necessities and do not incorporate the CPO Certification Charge, which is paid out for by the supplier.
Traditionally, dealers would incur the fees wanted to bring a motor vehicle up to the benchmarks of whichever makers certified application expected. But in this unusually shitty vehicle acquiring marketplace, all the things goes — like charging sellers for almost everything under the sun. And even however there’s a payment cap, this could all do the job in a dealer’s favor. The supplier could nevertheless be in a position to entice a purchaser to certify their auto for just one rationale: fascination rates.
Consumers that decide to obtain their lease at the stop of its time period may qualify for superior charges on automobiles that are certified. But as the Nissan spokesperson clarified “Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) certification is NOT a requirement for shoppers to be in a position to obtain their lease automobile, and ought to not be represented as this sort of.” But you know this is specifically what quite a few sellers will stop up performing to get those reconditioning costs.
So it looks as if Nissan may possibly have produced the seller mess worse by trying to clean up it up.