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Nissan Leaf RCI - Voluntary Termination

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frost500frost500 Forumite
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Hi, Advice needed, a family member no longer has any use for a Nissan Leaf, it is on PCP, and approx 3/4s of the way through, contract ends in September. The vehicle is in very good condition, and well within the contracted mileage. However I have been out of the motor trade for a while, and I require some advice. I would recommend a Voluntary Termination personally, this option is actually stated in the contract, with these exact words: -
"TERMINATION: YOUR RIGHTS
You have a right to end this Agreement. To do so, you should write
to the person you make your payments to. They will then be
entitled to the return of the goods and to half the total amount
payable under this Agreement, that is £5,792.40. If you have
already paid at least this amount plus any overdue instalments and
have taken reasonable care of the goods, you will not have to pay
any more."
To me that is black and white, straight forward, but before I advise this, I have a couple of questions. 
1. Would doing have any effect on the credit score, I presume not, as the contract will be Terminated?
2. How would the Voluntary Termination process be initiated. I personally would write only, not phone or email, is there a Template letter you know I could use?

The vehicle just sits on the drive doing nothing, with the occasional use to keep the battery in good order. It is no longer required, owner works from home, and has absolutely no requirements for the car, as has access to another family vehicle - it was only used as a commuting vehicle. I have looked at selling it, but I do not want to do this anymore, and I have no experience of EVs. Also the Nissan dealer where it come from where simply not interested. So am I convinced VT is the way to go. Contract details below: -
Nissan Leaf 64reg
PCP
Total amount of credit £9795
Duration 37 months
Total amount to pay £11600
Start Date 25/09/2018
Outstanding Amount £5650
APR 7.9%
Monthly Payment: £214.30
Annual Mileage: 10000
Final Payment: £3680


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  • DrEskimoDrEskimo Forumite
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    Before getting into VT, first ring an EV specialist dealer and get some quotes from buying the car from you. 

    Try JustEVs, Drive-Green and Go Green Autos. They may offer you a trade in price for the car the same or greater than the current settlement of £5,650. Looking on AT, most dealers have a low mileage 64plate Leaf up for £7-8k, so a trade in of £5,650 may be feasible.

    They will take it off you and settle the finance and then you are done.
  • frost500frost500 Forumite
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    Thanks for that, I will look into it. I never new there were independent EV dealers about. Cheers
  • DrEskimoDrEskimo Forumite
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    frost500 said:
    Thanks for that, I will look into it. I never new there were independent EV dealers about. Cheers
    Yea they will most likely give you the best price. EVs are currently holding their values very well, so hopefully you can negotiate a good trade in price.

    Obviously don't give them the settlement figure straight away. Ask them for a valuation and then if it's less, haggle to try and get above the settlement figure.

    Was that settlement figure of £5,650 accurate and up to date?
  • frost500frost500 Forumite
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    Yes accurate today. They went on the portal.
    To be honest though, what will be gained by trading it.
    VTing looks straight forward enough.

  • Grumpy_chapGrumpy_chap Forumite
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    frost500 said:
    To be honest though, what will be gained by trading it.
    If you trade it, you get to keep the amount above the settlement figure.
  • frost500frost500 Forumite
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    True, I will try them and let you know.
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    ratraceratrace Forumite
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    edited 21 January at 11:43AM
    Plus if you VT and there is any damage ect... the falls outside of the BVRLA guildlines then you will be charged for this @ main dealer prices. I second the consensus of trying to sell it to a trader.
    I know a few people who had to vt the car for a variety of reasons, and once the it was inspected by the auction house where most of the cars go, there was a shocker of a bill at the end. hope this helps
    People are caught up in an egotistic artificial rat race to display a false image to society. We want the biggest house, fanciest car, and we don't mind paying the sky high mortgage to put up that show. We sacrifice our biggest assets our health and time, We feel happy when we see people look up to us and see how successful we are”

    Rat Race
  • frost500frost500 Forumite
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    Hi Thanks, Started the VT process now, letter sent, via recorded delivery. Checked with CA, it does not effect your credit rating at all, it can't as the contract is terminated, and it is stated as an option in the contract. Phoned one of those dealers mentioned, same old crap as it has always been - they give you 2/3rds of retail max, subject to an inspection. Too much agro. Selling it privately is not an option either, due to restrictions etc. Car is in good used condition, it has been to the body shop last month for a £400 repair to get it ready, which is only 2 monthly payments.
  • PetriixPetriix Forumite
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    Seems like you're throwing money away as the car is almost certainly worth significantly more than the settlement cost. It's very easy to take it to a dealer for them to settle the finance and pay you the balance. Strange that you would start such a thread then ignore the very good advice.
  • ontheroad1970ontheroad1970 Forumite
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    frost500 said:
    Hi Thanks, Started the VT process now, letter sent, via recorded delivery. Checked with CA, it does not effect your credit rating at all, it can't as the contract is terminated, and it is stated as an option in the contract. Phoned one of those dealers mentioned, same old crap as it has always been - they give you 2/3rds of retail max, subject to an inspection. Too much agro. Selling it privately is not an option either, due to restrictions etc. Car is in good used condition, it has been to the body shop last month for a £400 repair to get it ready, which is only 2 monthly payments.
    It won't affect the consumer credit scores you see at clear score etc, but if you get into a habit of using VT as an option (that's not the intention of the provision - it's intended to be used when you are in such a bad situation financially that even if they took the car back because of default you still owe loads of money for collection etc.  The provision is in my opinion being abused and if it is corrected people who genuinely need this will be the ones that lose out), it might stop you getting further agreements with the same lender.  They don't just go and get your score, they will look at your file itself and see that an agreement has been terminated before it's intended date.  
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