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Nissan Eliminates EV Lease Buyout Option

Nissan has quietly eliminated the buyout option on EV leases. According to a bulletin sent to dealers, Nissan's EV lease purchase option was discontinued on December 12th. In addition to taking away the ability to purchase the Nissan LEAF at the end of a new lease, this also affects the all-new Ariya electric SUV.

The policy change may come as a surprise for EV shoppers looking to lease the long-awaited 2023 Nissan Ariya. However, it does resemble similar moves we've seen from other electric vehicle makers. For example, Tesla eliminated the lease-end purchase option in April and Ford followed suit soon thereafter in June.

Nissan spokesperson Dan Passe confirmed the change for CarsDirect this afternoon via email with the following statement:

"Nissan’s commitment to building sustainable and affordable Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) by creating technology to refabricate, recycle, resell and reuse the EV batteries spans more than a decade. The adjustment to our lease agreement marks the latest move toward our commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 by creating second-life opportunities through our controlled disposal and harvesting process."

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If that language sounds familiar, it's not your imagination. Back in June, Ford cited reduced battery supply chain costs as its reason for ending lease buyouts on the Mustang Mach-E and all-new F-150 Lightning. Ford made the case that this could be both better for the environment and help lower vehicle costs for consumers.

But is the lack of a buyout option really a good thing? Buyouts offer a way to buy your vehicle instead of returning it at the end of a lease. In recent years, lessees have had an advantage since their buyout prices were negotiated prior to the inventory shortage which has resulted in record-high transaction prices for cars.

In the case of the Nissan Ariya, the lack of a buyout option could be yet another reason to buy rather than lease from the start. That's because Ariya lease rates are currently near 9% APR. In addition, our analysis found that Ariya interest rates can actually be better than the LEAF in some cases based on current offers.

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      Alex has been writing about car buying and leasing for over a decade. Originally from San Francisco, Alex has a degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a lifelong lover of cars. Alex’s work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Motor Trend, and more.

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