drhlee1 wrote:When I was shopping for a Leaf at the end of May. I was offered $270 for a SL with no money down. We did not bargain for the SL since its a bit high and its closer to a price for a Bolt. Price for a base model Bolt at the end of May was around $340 per month with $0 down and 10,000 miles per year. We end up going with an SV which I was able to bargain down to $205 a month with $0 downpayment.
$205 per month with zero down for an SV sounds good, but does it have any option packages and how many months of payments?
Maybe I could deal with a 2017 SV if I just leave the lights on day and night as long as the lights turn off automatically after the car it turned off.
Otherwise, I think I will shop for a used 2014-2015 SL or SV with the LED light package, navigation and surround view camera and see if I can get one cheaply enough where the cost of renting a car for road trips four 3-day weekends a year for 3 to 4 years will be worth the $40 a day after taxes for a economy or compact car x 3 days is $120 x 4 times a year is $480 a year times 3 years is $1440. 4 years would be $1920.
So, if I think the car is still worth it after factoring that extra cost as part of its purchase price, I may do that.
After 3 to 4 years, I can upgrade to a lease return 2018 vehicle with at least 200 miles range. With 200 mile range, I won't need to rent a car or deal with the huge hassle of stopping multiple times for charging of the normal road trips I regularly take.