TIA for info!
End of 3 year lease on my 2015 Leaf SV is Dec 31. Buyout is $10800 + 300 fee + taxes. Car has 26K miles (lease was 15K/year for 3 years, but I changed jobs so am way under). I have a dent that needs repairing ($500 ish) when I scraped the side backing out of my garage one day. Lease is $212/mo + taxes.
Overall I am happy. Since my new job is only 18 mi away, round trip hasn't been an issue (except one day that my power went out). i don't know what other car I could get for $10K and 26K miles that costs so little in gas, plus I've got set of snow tires in good condition to put on. i haven't noticed much battery degradation, despite cold weather here. Range in cold weather and battery degradation was the primary reason I upgraded from my 2012 Leaf lease to the 2015 (Country driving in the cold sucks battery down really quickly, but the 15 SV has the heat pump, which has really helped, plus I now have a garage, which mediates the starting temp).
I'm thinking of purchasing it. Thoughts? Things i should think about first? I was thinking about taking a 3 year loan and hoping it lasts for my commute at least another 2-3. Then I may pass it to my son who will have his drivers license for driving to school (bus ride takes 40 min to go 6 mi).
If so, how do I go about doing this? Should i be shopping around for lenders? Just go to my dealer and tell him I want to buy? Thoughts on length of buy loan for this age leaf? Feel free to send me to an already established thread on how to convert lease to buy.
2015 Leaf SV, "Black Pearl" - Leased 1/1/2016 for 36 mo, 15k/year
2012 Leaf SV, Glacier Pearl aka "Grandma Pearl" in ME - Leased 4/24/2013 for 15K/yr returned 1/4/16
Giving up 20,000 lbs of Carbon