Nissan's new vehicle subscription service lets you swap your car 'every day'

Polycount

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Nissan Switch is the carmaker's attempt to bring "on-demand driving" to the public, allowing users to drive a wide variety of vehicles on a month-to-month basis with no long-term agreement or contract required. There are no loans to pay off, no leases to worry about, and no maintenance disasters to contend with.

"Nissan Switch is another way that Nissan is testing alternatives to the notion of traditional mobility, without long-term financial commitments for our customers," Nissan executive Andrew Tavi said in a statement. "This program provides more choice, convenience, and flexibility. For those who want a sedan during the week and an SUV or sports car, like the GTR, on the weekends, Nissan Switch provides the solution."

So, how does Switch work? If you're in a supported region -- just Houston, Texas for now -- you sign up for Switch, download the app, select your use case (custom requests are possible) and vehicle model, and a "concierge" (employed by Clutch) will deliver a car to you within the "Select Service Area." For now, the Select Service Area consists of the 20-mile radius around the South Main Neighborhood in Houston. You can see a full coverage map on the Nissan Switch website.

If you decide you don't like the vehicle that was delivered to you, you can switch it out for another one at any time, with no limits. There's no charge to do so, and your concierge will help you transfer luggage, groceries, or other objects from vehicle to vehicle.

Nissan's Switch car line-up includes EVs, sedans, SUVs, trucks, and sports cars, and they all fall under one of two core subscription packages. Nissan Switch Select is $699, in addition to a one-time $495 "activation fee." Select gives you access to the Nissan Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder, and Frontier.

Nissan Switch Premium is $899, and it includes the same set of vehicles, in addition to the Nissan Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Armada, Titan, and 370Z. The GT-R can be driven for an "additional $100 per day" (but no more than seven days at a time).

Update: A Nissan representative has informed us that Switch will limit customers to 2,000 miles of driving, or 180 days of general usage for each individual vehicle (whichever comes first). When either one of those limitations is exceeded, the user will be required to switch to a new vehicle. In some circumstances, Nissan may ask for the vehicle back early if it needs to perform "routine tasks" like preventative maintenance.

No matter how you look at it, even the base plan's $700 (plus roughly $500 out of the gate) monthly fee is a lot of money for a lot of people. However, there are a few benefits to using the service. Aside from the convenience of being able to swap your car out at any time, Nissan throws in free roadside assistance, full detail washes, ongoing maintenance, and a "sustainable liability insurance policy" with no out-of-pocket deductibles for drivers.

Nissan is positioning Switch as an alternative to the standard lease-and-drive, or buy-and-pay-off car acquisition methods US citizens are used to. The company even has a chart that compares buying or leasing a vehicle to "renting" one with Switch (see that above).

At any rate, you can learn more about Switch on its official website. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the concept. If you had the money, would you take advantage of a "car subscription service" like this one, or would you prefer to stick to what you know? Tell us in the comments.

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Uncle Al

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Actually, with all the added incentives this is starting to make more sense that actually buying and owning your own vehicle, although I would want to know about any mileage limits and sur-charges. if there are none every traveling salesman, consultant, etc. would be silly not to jump on this bad boy!
 

Polycount

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Actually, with all the added incentives this is starting to make more sense that actually buying and owning your own vehicle, although I would want to know about any mileage limits and sur-charges. if there are none every traveling salesman, consultant, etc. would be silly not to jump on this bad boy!
I've reached out to Nissan to ask about mileage limits, as that was one of my core concerns too. I didn't see any information on their website or in their press release (possible I missed something, of course).

Will definitely update the article if they respond.
 

QuantumPhysics

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So you can choose between a bunch of boring econoboxes or spend $100 more to get the played-out GTR.

I heard Scotty Kilmer claiming Nissan would be going bankrupt by 2024.

I wish this was FCA offering this.
 
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TomSEA

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That's a lot of money. But then, there seems to be no end of people where this kind of money isn't an issue for them.

Interesting concept. Not sure I'd be interested though, even if I could afford it.
 
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Polycount

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Updated the article with some additional information from Nissan.

As expected, there are indeed a couple limitations. Nissan says that Switch members can keep their vehicle for up to 2,000 miles, or 180 days, whichever comes first (the GT-R's 7-day rule still applies, however). Once one of those limitations is reached, the user will be required to switch to a new car.

I think that's reasonable. Six months is a long time, and without any long trips, 2,000 miles should last a while for the average Joe.

They also say the vehicles may need to be returned (or, rather, retrieved by a "concierge") for occasional preventative maintenance, but that will hopefully be rare.
 

toooooot

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Is it an idea from the manager that replaced the one that escaped in a carry on Luggage from his home prison?
 

bviktor

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It's funny how you complain about the price. In Eastern Europe this is the norm. You won't get a regular lease below $400, and that's for low end models, like an ICE Smart Fortwo. A 3 series will cost around $800, before taxes.

All that while we earn a fraction of the average American salary lol.
 
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So you can choose between a bunch of boring econoboxes or spend $100 more to get the played-out GTR.

I heard Scotty Kilmer claiming Nissan would be going bankrupt by 2024.

I wish this was FCA offering this.
Driving most supercars daily is not very comfortable and doesn't make much sense.
 
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spartaman64

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That's a lot of money. But then, there seems to be no end of people where this kind of money isn't an issue for them.

Interesting concept. Not sure I'd be interested though, even if I could afford it.
but if you had that money why dont you spend it on some super car
 

spartaman64

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Actually, with all the added incentives this is starting to make more sense that actually buying and owning your own vehicle, although I would want to know about any mileage limits and sur-charges. if there are none every traveling salesman, consultant, etc. would be silly not to jump on this bad boy!
unless you are crashing your car everyday or something I dont see how this is worth it
 

Uncle Al

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Are you of age to drive? Do you pay for your own repairs and maintenance or do your parents? If you own your own car, make car payments and know how to add this should be quite obvious but since you're a Rookie we'll let it slide this time ......
 

spartaman64

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Are you of age to drive? Do you pay for your own repairs and maintenance or do your parents? If you own your own car, make car payments and know how to add this should be quite obvious but since you're a Rookie we'll let it slide this time ......
? its like 100 dollars a month at most for maintenance and unless your car is breaking down every month this isnt going to be worth it by far. you are doing something seriously wrong with your car if its breaking down enough for this to be worth
 

Steveb8189

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? its like 100 dollars a month at most for maintenance and unless your car is breaking down every month this isnt going to be worth it by far. you are doing something seriously wrong with your car if its breaking down enough for this to be worth
The fact you think maintenance is the main cost of car ownership means you have never owned a new car...
 

spartaman64

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The fact you think maintenance is the main cost of car ownership means you have never owned a new car...
where did I say that? you are attacking a straw man. I said its only 100 at most for maintenance which suggests that im saying its a small part. its the person im replying to that's suggesting maintenance is a big cost