jake14mw
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I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:08 pm

Hi All,

Been looking around for a couple of weeks and I think I found a Leaf that I'm ready to buy. It's a 2014 SL. I went to see it, and test drove it, everything seems great. It is from a Nissan dealer in the Northeast. 35,000 miles, 12 bars. They showed me the history report, not Carfax, some other company, two owners, both in the Northeast. Not a true certified purchase, warranty is just 3 months 3500 miles.

Normally, when I have bought used cars in the past, I have brought it to a dealer to have it checked out. Since this is electric and it is at a Nissan dealer, I'm wondering if that is necessary? What should I be looking for/checking? It looks great, I'm just worried about anything unseen that might be wrong with it. Thanks for any advice.

pyromancy5
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Leaf Number: 337249

Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:36 pm

Price? Also, check the in-service date so you know when the battery warranty will expire.

To give you a benchmark, I purchased a CPO '14 SL with premium ~34k miles on it 12 bars for $11k before tax/ title. I knew that 12th bar was gonna drop any day based on my research. It did, about 2 weeks later.

Without LeafSpy, it's impossible to get an accurate reading on battery health, but if your car was in the NE for its lifespan and it still has 12 bars, the battery has at leas 80% of its health left.
2014 Leaf SL

LeftieBiker
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:45 pm

That would be 85% capacity left. If you can't run LeafSpy, assume that it will soon be an 11 bar car. The battery capacity warranty is moot here, but you want to know when the powertrain warranty will expire, along with the original factory warranty.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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jake14mw
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:56 pm

The service date is 02/2014 I believe, so the full warranty is up and the powertrain warranty will be good through 02/2019 or 60,000 miles?

What other things should i check closely on the car? Are there any common problems that I should check for?

LeftieBiker
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:21 pm

Make sure that the heater works. Make sure that it charges when connected to an L-2 charging station. Make sure it comes with the SD card in the Nav unit, and has two key fobs.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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jake14mw
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:53 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:Make sure that the heater works. Make sure that it charges when connected to an L-2 charging station. Make sure it comes with the SD card in the Nav unit, and has two key fobs.


Thanks for the suggestions! I know the heater works and the seat heaters and steering wheel heaters work, our test drive was unusually long to the salesman getting us lost :D . He did say is has two key fobs. The Nav system seemed to be functioning. We would be getting an error message on the screen if it was not in, right?

Oh, what about the 2G vs. 3G for the app connectivity? How can I verify it was updated to 3G?

LeftieBiker
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:59 pm

The Nav system wouldn't work if the card were missing. As for the telematics unit, others here will know more about how to tell easily if it was updated.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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jake14mw
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:51 pm

Any other last minute suggestions anyone? It is $9700 for the 2014 SL. Well, really $10,000 because they added some bogus $300 documentation fee. It was definitely under the market price of others in the area.

warrenc
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Leaf Number: 418438
Location: Tacoma,WA

Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:58 pm

If it's showing 12 bars and in otherwise good shape, I'd say it's a good deal.
2013 Leaf SV
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LeftieBiker
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Re: I think I found my car, advice please!

Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:02 pm

If the origin of the car was an auction, try to get them to guarantee that it will still have at least 11 capacity bars for 90 days - in writing. That would protect against a BMS reset.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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