For the past nine years, we’ve been leasing various Nissan sedans — an Altima, a Sentra, and then recently a Maxima. Paying for only the depreciation plus interest was cheap and easy. The problem is the number of miles almost always accrued faster than expected. Also, we could never get all of the customized, fancy-shmancy features that I would have preferred.
While I was recently at our local Nissan dealership for servicing two weeks ago, I confirmed that we were only a hundred miles away to the 39,000 mileage limit. After that, much like three years ago, I would have to pay for every mile over the limit. No thanks.
And while I was standing around waiting for our leased Maxima to finish being serviced, I saw a beautiful 2016 Maxima in Pearl White. So pretty. So sexy. I spoke to a nearby sales rep, and the numbers were promising. Many colors to choose from, but for my first car to own in years, I was torn on the color. I wanted a color that popped.
Over the next few days, I researched the 2016 Maxima features, pricing, and reviews. There are five models, but I only wanted the top of the line Platinum model. The many features are exactly what I wanted when I said last December, “The lease on my Maxima will be up, and I kinda want a fancier new car.” Among the many features, my favorites are:
- 300-hp 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
- 18″ Aluminum-Alloy Wheels
- Signature LED Lights
- Climate Controlled Front Seats (Heated and Cooled)
- Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof with Rear Window Power Sunshade
- Bose® Premium Audio System
- Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control
- Outside mirrors with Reverse Tilt-Down feature
- Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection
We were up against the clock and our own damn filled-to-the-brim schedule. We had to negotiate and agree to purchase a car amongst three different area dealers, all before November 2nd. After much negotiating on a Thursday evening, our local dealer found the right car in Gun Metallic at a Nissan dealership down in Queens at the right price. It took them a few days, but we picked it up on last Monday.
I arrived at the dealership at 6:30 pm, hoping to take my car and go. It took longer than I expected for them to prep the car, get the financing paperwork ready, and take back the old 2012 Maxima. By the time I left the lot with the car, it was way past 9:30 pm.
I’m still learning all the features, but it’s a beauty. And I own it.