johnlocke wrote:Let the lease expire. If you want a Leaf, buy it used on the open market. It will be cheaper than the residual cost. Depreciation on a Leaf is brutal and dealers send them off to auction all the time. Better yet, lease a 40KWH or wait a couple of months and lease a 60KWH. Look at other EV's as well. At this point I wouldn't buy, just lease. The technology is changing so rapidly that leasing makes more sense because you can upgrade every couple or three years and if you make a poor choice you're not stuck with it for 5-6 years.
I've got a 2016 SV with 39K miles (lovingly cared for) through 2.5 years of a 3.0 year lease. It is currently a 12-bar car but is reporting 88.6% SOH after the LBC update. Facts:
Monthly Payment $224
Current Buyout from NMAC $12916
Actual Buyout from dealer $13216 (includes $300 dealer fee)
Estimated Buyout at end of lease $11474
Of course there is also state tax on the transaction and licensing fees which add about $1k to the deal, but of course those apply to purchases on the "open market" as well. When I look what is available on the market I'm seeing 15K or 16k versus 13.2k so I don't see that as attractive. Is there a better place to buy used Leaf's that I'm not seeing?