Nissan "On-Demand Driving" Program Starts at $699/month + $495 Subscription

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Even with Insurance and Maintenance included, it is expensive.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – February 19, 2020

    2020 Nissan Sentra SV

    Unfortunately not one of the many Nissan’s available to pick up at your leisure within the new program.​

    Nissan is launching an "on-demand driving" program through its test of a subscription service model called Nissan Switch.

    The program launches in the Houston area and offers a variety of vehicles, including the all-electric Nissan LEAF PLUS, TITAN pickup, and GT-R. Just like other popular subscription services for television and music, there is no long-term contractual commitment.

    Andrew Tavi, VP, Legal, External Affairs and Business Development, Nissan North America, Inc.:
    The Nissan Switch subscription program offers vehicles that represent the latest model year featuring mid to high level trims, many including Nissan ProPILOT Assist driver-assist technology.

    There are two tiers to Nissan's subscription services with the ability to switch tiers each month. After a $495 membership activation fee, the monthly subscription includes the vehicle (unlimited switches, as often as a new vehicle each day), delivery, cleaning, insurance, roadside assistance, and regular maintenance.

    Program Levels
    • Select for $699/month includes the Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder, and Frontier
    • Premium for $899/month includes LEAF PLUS, Maxima, Murano, Armada, TITAN, and 370Z
    • The GT-R can be picked up for an additional $100/day with 7-day consecutive maximum use
    Nissan is working with Central Houston Nissan to administer the new subscription service. A dealership concierge member will deliver the vehicle anywhere within the Select Service area and will help transfer items from car to car. The concierge also offers to walk-around the vehicle at the time of delivery to answer any questions about key features, safety, and driver-assist technologies.

    Customers can find more information about Nissan Switch at Nissan Switch through August 2020.

    Whooa is that a huge monthly and subscription to drive a Nissan!
  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Subscription on the premium program for 14 months pays for our new 2016 manual Elantra. :eek::eek:..... & one more :eek:. Hey, you say, cleaning comes with the program. Can I have the feather duster at the end of my program.
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    It's an experiment. I wonder how many people will bite.
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  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    This may be a good deal if you only need a car for a month or two. If I understand correctly, you pay $495 activation fee plus $699 for Nissan, Rogue, Pathfinder cars. That's $40/day for a newish car if you want the car for a whole month. Your other option is a rental car which is going to cost more than that after insurance. Plus Nissan delivers the car to you and picks it up? I think you have to look at this Nissan offer pretty hard. I would need more details like mileage limitations, etc.
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  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Two months for the cheap subscription (~ $1900) is still over 1/7th of the purchase price for our 2016 manual Elantra. 1/7th of my Elantra for 2 months is "no good deal".
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  6. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    First, you're not comparing apples to apples. The Elantra is a much cheaper car than the cars available for the $699 subscription. Second, ownership is obviously the cheapest way to operate a vehicle for most people. I'm comparing renting vs switch. I used to travel to Mukilteo WA to fill in for vacationing folks around Christmas time. I would stay for a month or two and then return to CA. This Nissan program would have been much cheaper than the rental fees I was paying, especially if the $495 activation fee doesn't have to be renewed each year.
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  7. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I stopped at the cheap apples, because I couldn't afford the expensive oranges. Two of our Elantras, both owned for a combined 11 years & 150,000+ miles, have yet to have anything wrong.
    Both Elantras were purchased within 10(?) miles of Mukilteo. You could have bought an Elantra & had an enduring, sweet car. Maybe two... they're cheap!
    But Nissan's money-taker program.... just what rich people want? OK.
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Litesong:

    What Jay is saying is this program is not Elantra level vehicles. Even the Sentra and Versa are not part of it but Altima on up are.

    If you have ever followed rideshare, there are numerous Used rental junk incl. 2010 Prius' and used Corolla's that are being pawned off at $250/week or $1,000/month. A new Nissan vs a used anything for less could benefit some. This program is probably not applicable to Rideshare however.

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