LeafWannaBe984 wrote:This car would have a very light commute. No more than 30 miles roundtrip. The main issue would just be getting stuck in a traffic jam honestly. Yearly it will likely have less than 12K miles a year.
So 2015 models and up only have the lizard batteries? I would prefer to get a model that has the lizard batteries.
I usually hold on to to a car for about 12-14 years. I'm looking at used now because a New Honda is pretty expensive nowadays (would likely be over $20K). I thought about new for a Leaf, but that depreciation is very high and the used cars are very well priced.
New is around $26K for a Leaf, but 2015 used I'm finding for under $10K or bearly over that
For a 30 mile roundtrip commute I would definitely get a 2015 as long as you can find one with at least 90% SOC. I disagree with people telling you to buy new. Even if you can find one for around $23K (which you should be able to in the coming months), you're still paying close to $18K after taxes. That means the car depreciates ~ %40 in two years. Why pay that depreciation if you don't need the new features?
The only thing I worry about with the leaf is that we still don't know a lot about its long term reliability (10 years plus). There are some threads that report a big problem with the heating/cooling units that are very expensive to fix, but that was for earlier models so maybe it's been resolved.
For $10K you have to figure that if the car lasts you for around 7 years it was essentially free, so I'm fine if my car (2014 with 14,000 miles for $10K) is a hunk of junk by then.