Originally Posted by donald
It is strange that folks are blind to it.
One way or the other, the future is a Big Mystery
People aren't thinking it through logically and are resisting battery lease with their hearts rather than heads.
I agree, it is strange. Some thoughts as to why...
- I have never heard someone refer to their hire purchase/finance payments as ' Oooh! That's so many tanks of fuel per month' Yet with a battery lease (just finance on part of the vehicle, after all) it's immediately compared to the fuel saving, and couched in terms of 'Might as well just buy fuel'. Own goal [undefined=undefined]number one[/undefined] for the marketing department.
- Basic human psychology; deny a person a thing and their heart's desire becomes that thing. Renault categorically state; the lessee will NEVER own the battery. Own goal [undefined=undefined]number two[/undefined].
- The battery lease document itself is a bit of a mystery. I asked to see the terms of the lease and was told by two dealers that they they could only generate the document if I put in an order. "I order you to generate a copy" was not quite what they meant, but one dealer photocopied another customer's lease and the second gave me part of a standard car finance lease and, when challenged about it, swore it was for the battery.
The wording of the lease is full of incredibly threatening and aggressive language - you will do this , won't do that and if 'we' the company don't like it, you forfeit the battery, we will interfere with your vehicle to stop it charging and we will pursue you. And that is before you even get to the ambiguities and/or complexities of termination, transfer, variation of charges, insurance liabilities etc. etc.
The battery lease and it's presentation is a dog's dinner. My guess is Renault marketing just told RCI to please themselves in writing the battery agreement. Own goal [undefined=undefined]number three[/undefined], methinks!!!
With this tirade of negatives the positives (there are plenty of them too) seem to get lost.