Friday, July 29, 2011

Greater Washington D.C. Nissan LEAF Allocations for July

The following dealerships still have allocations for you to order your LEAF with them; feel free to check out their web site and then select them as your preferred dealer.

Dealership Contact Phone Original Quota Remaining As of
Tri-State Nissan of Warrenton Brian Nieves 540-667-6800 1 2011-07-29 10:45
Nissan of Chantilly Justin Maynard 703-889-3700 3 1 2011-07-29 19:00
Koons Falls Church Nissan Carlos Perez 877-702-9995 5 2 2011-07-29 16:10

The way the allocation quota system works is simple: we, the customer choose a preferred dealer and select our options.  Our Nissan Dashboard then gives us the MSRP of our selection and we're presented with a button to Request a Quote from our preferred Dealer.

Meanwhile, the dealerships all have their own dashboards at  From there they can see all the quote requests and send out their price quotes for the as-configured LEAF.  But here's where these numbers get involved.

Each area dealer is assigned a quota for the maximum number of orders they may submit.  Let's assume your preferred dealer is allocated 4 orders and has already submitted all 4 of those orders.  When you come in requesting a quote, that dealership won't be able to order your car until the next month when the next set of dealership quotas are posted since his current quota is filled.  I'm not sure if they'll send you a price quote in this circumstance but the quota means that if the dealer has no more slots, you will end up waiting longer.  The dealers above have guaranteed slots as of the time given in the right column.

The Quota System was introduced late last year when it was found certain dealerships were dominating their markets with seriously marked down LEAF prices.

As always, call your dealership first to arrange price and find out if they have any remaining slots.  More than enough slots are allocated for each region so if one dealership has fulfilled his quota, just try another one.  However, a dealer's subsequent month's allocation quota will be based on the number of orders submitted in the current month, so let's all make sure our favorite dealers are getting the business they deserve today so that can continue to get the business they deserve tomorrow!


  1. I don't understand. Isn't the car allocated to the customer, who then chooses the dealership?

  2. Grant,

    I've tried to update this post to explain how the dealer quota system works. I hope this helps but if not feel free to ask again. :)

  3. Thanks for the explanation. I have requested a quote 3 times now from the same dealership. After the first one, I asked them if there was a different lease option (lower than 15k mile allowance shown since I don't drive nearly that much). They quoted me a lower price for the 12k mile allowance lease over the phone, but then entered the same exact thing again when they sent me back the price through the website. This is incredibly frustrating. I'm going to call them on Saturday and if they don't get this sorted out the third time then I'm just moving on to the next dealership on my list. I wonder if they realize that there are 12 Nissan dealerships within 20 miles of me so it's not exactly difficult to find another one to get a price quote from.

  4. The lease terms can be changed at any time up through the delivery date and even up to a month AFTER the delivery date. The purchase price is what gets set at the time of order.

  5. I would expect if you could lock in the Money Factor rate, which is essentially the interest rate on the Lease that includes depreciation value, so in essence as interest rates go up, the Money Factor goes up and therefore the minimum payments grow. If the car comes in October, you could end up locking in a higher rate, but then again I suppose U.S. Fiscal Policy won't be shifting interests that much in the next few months.

    The Money Factor though it the only likely thing to change since the down payment is the same as last year and much of the other numbers are the same too.

  6. I think the down payment on a lease went from $2,000 for the 2011 model to $2,600 for the 2012 model.

    I went through the process to request a price on a lease and the only information provided was the monthly payment along with "36 month lease, $2,600 initial customer payment." The order confirmation doesn't say anything about the possibility of a price change.