RonDawg
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Leaf Number: 027089
Location: SoCal

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Thu May 11, 2017 4:10 pm

VitaminJ wrote:Wow makes me want to check out the cars myself! The Leaf is ugly as sin already and golf-ball effect will improve aero!


Or turn it into the car of your dreams:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEmjdEDj4M0

(I saw the actual car used in the commercial at the Paris Auto Show. It looks as bad in real life as it does on video.)
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL

eatsleafsandshoots
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Joined: Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:23 pm
Delivery Date: 16 Oct 2013

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Thu May 11, 2017 4:12 pm

RonDawg wrote:I am a bit doubtful about it costing "only" $1k to fix via paintless dent repair. If it was that cheap, more places would do that, rather than offer the car for a fire sale price.

A couple of years back I needed to rent an ICEV for a road trip and was given a very low mileage GMC Terrain with lots of sheetmetal "acne" on it. I recognized it as having hail damage, and indeed the car had Texas license plates on it. The agent told me that they got lots of near-zero-mile cars with hail damage like that, so my guess is rental car outfits are popular disposal places for such cars, since they're going to get abused anyway, and when done they'll go to some BHPH lot since they're too cosmetically damaged for a new car dealer's used car section, or CarMax.

I personally would just buy the car and leave the dents as/is. Then I don't have to worry about it being dinged by a careless person. A marketing person should offer these up as "CPD: Certified Pre-Dinged" :lol:


Ron, I think you're right. There's probably at least $2-3k of PDR on this car, and even that probably wouldn't get it to perfect.

In a way, though, I kinda like it. I don't need to worry about keeping it perfectly ding free, parking in the back of the lot, etc. It's no virgin, but, hey, that can be fun... in this case, for my bank account! The beauty is on the inside, anyway - 30kWh of it!

SageBrush
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Delivery Date: 13 Feb 2017
Location: Colorado

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Thu May 11, 2017 4:22 pm

eatsleafsandshoots wrote:Yeah, it'd probably cost a penny to fix, even though the plastics are being replaced for free. Still, I'd rather have a dinged up new one (with full warranty) at the price of a nice one from 2012 or so!

Then by all means, get the car. Just expect to live with the cosmetic damage and do not expect the car to be worth much of anything on resale.
2013 Model 'S' with QC & rear-view camera
Bought off-lease Jan 2017 from N. California with 63.9 Ahr after 22k miles
Car is now enjoying an easy life in Colorado

RonDawg
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Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Thu May 11, 2017 4:32 pm

SageBrush wrote: Just expect to live with the cosmetic damage and do not expect the car to be worth much of anything on resale.


Not that an undinged version is worth all that much more on the used car market.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL

silverone
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Delivery Date: 03 Jan 2017
Location: Eastern OH

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Thu May 11, 2017 4:36 pm

For the price you paid, I would (and have) probably try the DIY paintless dent repair kit available on eBay to see if you can get the worst parts a little better. There are plenty of helpful Youtube videos on PDR.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Body-Paintless-Dent-Repair-PDR-Tools-kits-Slide-Hammer-Dent-Lifter-Box-Hail-/271961589228?hash=item3f522c85ec:g:pSQAAOSw8oFX0TyH
2013 SL with Premium package - build date 5/13. 12 bar car with 35,000 miles and counting...
2014 Volt - 45,000+ miles

eatsleafsandshoots
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Delivery Date: 16 Oct 2013

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Thu May 11, 2017 5:06 pm

I figure a drivable Leaf, especially a 2017 with the 30kWH pack and assuming it doesn't smell like ass inside, probably has a price floor of 2k. If I can drive this thing for five years and sell it for $1,999 I will have made out like a bandit.

cwerdna
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Delivery Date: 28 Jul 2013
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Fri May 12, 2017 12:59 am

Geez, I'm almost tempted to get something like this for maybe if I could get a '17 SV w/premium package for maybe $2 or $3K more as long as the car isn't black and is still covered by all the rest of the warranties and not declared totaled or salvage. White would probably be best, as well.

I probably wouldn't bother repairing the outside. OP, you mentioned some Xcel rebate. I found http://connect.xcelenergy.com/electric- ... -colorado/. Obviously, I'm not in CO so I can't qualify. I wonder what kind of deals could be swung for a CA resident. If it was $10K more, I'd probably pass.

'13 blue Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
'13 blue Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium packages (lease over, car returned)
'06 Prius

GerryAZ
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Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Fri May 12, 2017 2:27 am

It is a great deal as long as you have documentation in writing that all warranties are intact. Nissan (and most other manufacturers) has language in warranty that voids all warranties if car either has been or should have been declared a total loss.

It may not work for a white car, but I popped many hail dents out of one of my vehicles by letting it sit in the sun to get the sheet metal really hot and then touching ice cubes to the centers of the dents to shrink the metal. I repeated this process several times and was able to make the damage much less noticeable. There was over $5k damage and body shops recommended against repair because it would require cutting off all original body panels and welding new panels on (of course followed by complete painting). The insurance settlement became a down payment on a new house. I still have the vehicle and the hail damage is not noticeable after 27 years.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015

cwerdna
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Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Sat May 13, 2017 4:53 pm

Thanks to the OP's pics, the dealer is http://www.empirelakewoodnissan.com/. They even advertised it at https://www.facebook.com/mydenvernissan ... =3&theater on May 9th, ending close of business Saturday (which would be today).

I just called them and they said of the hail damaged '17 Leafs, they only have S trims left. They sold out of the SV and they don't have any SL.

Bummer.

'13 blue Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
'13 blue Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium packages (lease over, car returned)
'06 Prius

SageBrush
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Delivery Date: 13 Feb 2017
Location: Colorado

Re: STUPID price on hail damaged 2017 Leaf SV

Sat May 13, 2017 6:49 pm

I sure would not bother buying comp or collision insurance on this car.
2013 Model 'S' with QC & rear-view camera
Bought off-lease Jan 2017 from N. California with 63.9 Ahr after 22k miles
Car is now enjoying an easy life in Colorado

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