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2013 and earlier Nissan Maxima Lease Questions



  • dwb78dwb78 Posts: 1
    Hi All,
    Planning on getting an '07 Maxima SL this weekend and looking for some advice from those that know more than me. MSRP is about $35K (fully loaded with Nav, Driver's Package, Spoiler, Sunroof, etc.). Negotiated for $29,500 after the $1,500 rebate + taxes and docs for a total out the door of $31,800. I think this is a good price. Already got financing externally at 6%. Was planning on putting down approx $7k and financing $25k. However, instead of having a monthly payment of close to $500 at that rate, thinking if leasing might be a better option to have lower monthly rates. Only prob is I drive a lot so would need 18k miles, which I know will drive the residual value down a lot. Don't really care if it's a 2 yr or 3 yr lease. If I leased, wouldn't want to put any money down (for the same reasons others have said here in terms of an accident and the like). So with that said, does anyone know what the current residual value / % would be on such a lease and what the current money factor would be? Does anyone know if the dealer has any say in either of these two factors - or is it only Nissan Motor that gives the dealer the #'s and the only thing the dealer influences is the selling price of the car. Want to make sure that I haven't negotioted a good deal on the price of the car and then lose out in them getting me on these other two factors which I wouldn't really know if they've given me fair figures or not.

    Any help would be appreciated as I'm scheduled to go get the car tomorrow and am having some last minute considerations as to whether or not leasing would be cheaper for me.

    Thanks so much in advance.
  • arlenegarleneg Posts: 7
    I am in the process of drawing up a lease on a 2007 Maxima SL. I am very good on figuring out the lease formula but what I really want to know is if the money factor rate is negotiable. It seems that the mf on an SE is MUCH lower than the SL. They seem to be pushing the SE that I do not want. I have leased now with the same dealer and NMAC for 6 yrs. I would really like to get a lower mf. The one they are giving me is .00230. The SE rate is .00140. I am in the grace period right now of my present lease and would appreciate your help asap. Also, is it advantageous to pay the tax up front. It seems that when I add the tax to the monthly payment it comes to $5. less than the figure they give me. I figured the complete car payment and then the tax on top of that. According to Edmunds, that's how it is done. Thank you for your help.
  • arlenegarleneg Posts: 7
    In my previous inquiry, #167, I stated that the .00140 money factor was for the SE. It's not. The 2 yr. lease mf is .00140 and the 3 yr. is .00230. The SE mf was lower but I do not remember what I was told as I am not interested in an SE. I really want to lease for 3 yrs. but would want a lower mf. Is this set in stone by NMAC or do you think I could do better? Thanks again and sorry for the error. Would appreciate a response asap.
  • jc30092jc30092 Posts: 1
    I made an impulse lease purchase on an 07 maxima se msrp 33625.. I rolled 3000 neg equity into the deal and put down 2500. It is a 24 mo lease 15k miles per year and my payment is $500 (tax included). I do not recall the MF but the residual was 21000. I was told by the dealer that the sticker price was not negotiable. From what I have read here, this is not true. Did I get taken to the cleaners on this deal? Do I have any other options.. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you for your help
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hi gslack. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.'s March buy rate lease money factor and residual value for a 36 month lease of a 2007 Maxima SL with 15,000 miles per year are .00245 and 53%, respectively. The 12,000 mile per year residual value would be 1% higher. I'm not sure where the lease program that you were quoted came from, but it looks much better than Nissan's current program for this car. $150 over invoice is a very good selling price.

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  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hi arleneg. The answer to your question about whether banks' lease money factors are negotiable is yes...and no. Let me explain. Dealers to not have the authority to lower banks' published residual values, but they are often allowed to make them up to add additional hidden profit to deals. This is why it is important to know exactly what the money factor should be for the vehicle that you are interested in leasing.

    NMAC's current buy rate lease money factor for a 36 month lease of a 2007 Maxima SL is .00245. I don't think that you are going to be able to get a lower money factor than that on your car, regardless of whether you are a returning customer or not.NMAC's March money factor for a 36 month lease of the '07 Maxima SE is .00225. These cars' 24 month lease programs have lower money factors.

    I personally always have sales tax added into my vehicle's monthly payment rather than paying it at lease signing. The main reason why I do so is it would be unbelievably annoying to have paid all of the sales tax for my leased vehicle and then have it end up getting totaled or stolen and be out that money.

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  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hello jc30092. What you were told is not correct. The selling prices of leased vehicles are negotiable, just as if you were paying cash for or financing them. I suspect that you should have been able to negotiate a discount of at least $1,000, and probably more than that on your car's selling price if you are in an area that has a decent level of competition and had shopped around. Unfortunately, now that you have signed your lease contract and have physically driven off in your car there really isn't anything that you can do to get out of your lease.

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  • 99rams99rams Posts: 19
    hey All,

    I am looking to lease a 2007 Maxima SE I wanted to know if anyone had the residual percentage and the money factor used on a 24 and a 36 month lease with 15k a year for this month?

  • toddr3toddr3 Posts: 19
    What should I expect to pay for a 24 month lease on a fully loaded SE with Nav, Drivers package, etc? I only want to put down first month payment and I have good credit.
  • Greetings,

    Currently there is a $1,500 rebate on the 2007 Nissan SL Maxima. I am being told by the dealer that this does NOT apply to negotiations regarding the price of the car in the context of leasing. Is this true or not? I am also looking to lease this car for 36 months, but am being told that 42 is the "best" value right now. Does this have any merit?

    What is a good monthly price I can expect for a 30,900 MSRP 2007 Maxima SL with negotiated (hopefully) price of 27000? I live in NY, where tax is (I think) 8.65%. Residual for 36 months = 54%, money factor, from what I gather, is .00259. When I plug these numbers into a calculator I wrote (based on Car_MAN's formula), I get $360 a month (with nothing down). Are any of my numbers unreasonable or wrong one way or another? Please advise
  • aguayoaguayo Posts: 3
    Hello all,

    I'm going tonight to a dealer and I need help with some numbers.

    What can I expect to pay for a 2007 Maxima SE MSRP 35,255, hopefully final sales price of $31,000, for 24 months, with $1500 down and 12k/ a year. I'm in Florida and the sales tax is 7%. My credit is excellent and I'm a recent college graduate.

    My other question: is the $1500 cash back being offered by Nissan applicable to a lease?

  • jq2383jq2383 Posts: 2
    I am actually in the same situation your in except I will be going to the dealer tomorrow morning. I live in Miami, florida so I am very interested in reading what your dealer tells you tonight. Good luck.
  • aguayoaguayo Posts: 3
    That's funny. I'm in Miami also. Going to Maroone of Miami. Let's see how it goes.
  • Car_man or anyone? Can you please help with question #175? How does the 1500 rebate offered by Nissan reflected (if at all) in negotiating a price? I was told by 2 dealership that it cannot be used at all, but something tells me that they can get something from it (which means I can use it in negotiations). This would be really helpful, thanx
  • Hello! I just recently came upon these forums and they have changed the way I look at cars! Thank you!

    My question...
    I have a 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD.. pretty much loaded up. Its on a lease 400 a month... didnt put any money down, 15k per year, 42 months (52,500 miles total). I still have a year left on the lease, but am quickly approaching my mileage limit (ALREADY). The payoff is still around $23,000.

    My question is, does Nissan offer any type of loyalty discounts or considerations when buying or leasing another Nissan vehicle? I'm thinking about getting into a Maxima and I think, taking my current vehicle out of consideration, I can lease a 2007 SE with drivers preferred for around $400 a month, $0 down, 15k per year for only 2 years. I've seen similar deals recently. The question is, is Nissan likely to let me turn in my lease early if I lease or buy another Nissan vehicle?! Or am I just crazy?! Haha. Thanks all!
  • remedyremedy Posts: 1
    Carman, I'd like to know your 2 cents on this lease deal. This is my first car.

    2007 MAXIMA 3.5 SE 4DR CVT

    Driver Preferred Package
    Floor/Trunk Mats

    MSRP: $33,625.00
    Selling Price: $30,028.00
    24 months, 15k miles
    Residual: $21,183.75

    $399.05/month including tax ($370.35/month pre-tax)
    $0 down payment
    $1500.00 out of pocket = includes 1st months payment, acq. fee of $595, and registration fee of $???

    It appears that the registration fee is close to $965???

    Do you think there's more room to negotiate on the selling price? I don't know what the invoice price is on this car. This was based on an internet quote from the fleet manager. I have not directly negotiated the price on the phone yet.

    Although I requested it, the fleet manager did not give me the money factor or residual percentage.
  • Remedy~ Let me know if your deal went down. I'm looking for something similar here in my state, but the dealers are playing hard. Brian
  • steevosteevo Posts: 330
    My guess is they are hiding a capital cost reduction in the registration fee number. Probably around 650 or so. He probably did that to get you below $400. Whats the odds his numbers came out to 399 on their own! Did you ever mention wanting to be under 400? The deal sounds decent, you could probably negotiate away most of the 965. Or ask for another 30 off the monthly, and meet in the middle somewhere.
    OR was an "honest" mistake or misunderstanding? Perhaps the 965 includes the tax UP FRONT. So if you pay 399 the 965 would be reduced by almost 700 dollars. Call him and ask about the tax first, to be sure..Otherwise try to beat it down a bit more until/unless you are happy!
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hey Gary. Here's the information that you're looking for. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.'s current buy rate lease money factor and residual value for a 24 month lease of a 2007 Nissan Maxima SE with 15,000 miles per year are .00016 and 63%, respectively. The numbers for an otherwise identical 36 month lease are .00115 and 53%. As you can see, Nissan is really pushing two year leases of Maximas right now.

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  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hi toddr3. This car's lease payment will vary depending upon what its full MSRP and selling price are. I would be happy to use Nissan's current lease program to estimate what your payment would be like on this car right now if you provide me with these two numbers. You can look up the MSRP of the model that you want by visiting the following section of this site: - New Vehicle Pricing. You should be able to get an idea of what sort of selling price you will have to pay by visiting the following discussion: "Nissan Maxima: Prices Paid & Buying Experience". Let me know what the prices are and I'll crunch some numbers for you.

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