SageBrush
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Delivery Date: 13 Feb 2017
Location: Colorado

Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:31 am

If the car is eligible, NIssan has not made it difficult to be approved for a new battery.
The uncertain part is how long you will wait for the battery to reach your dealership.

So long as the range the car currently has serves your needs for the next 6 months, I don't see a problem

As for price: a 2012 LEAF with a degraded battery down to 8 bars is worth around $3k, maybe $4k before the warranty is considered.
Price with a new battery ? Somewhere in the $8k range
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

LeftieBiker
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Delivery Date: 31 May 2013
Location: Upstate New York, US

Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:04 am

Would you have any idea what a reasonable price range would be? Dealer doesn't seem to want to budge off $10,000, but maybe I have some ammo with the weak battery. It was listed for $8,900 at another dealer a year ago with 10,000 less miles lol.

Suppose I bought it with 8 bars, could I drive it until I got close to the 5 year warranty time period? Maybe it would be better to be right on the warranty claim? Do they usually mention things like this when you take the car in for service?


Prices vary by availability in an area, but a degraded "Base" 2013 SV shouldn't, IMO, be worth more than $8500. The pack you'd get for free would be much better than the one in the car (slower degrading unless the climate is really hot) so there isn't much need to wait, but if you had enough range you could do that. Just DON'T go past that warranty limit!
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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SageBrush
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Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:54 am

I bought the LEAF in my signature for $8300 a year ago, and it came with a pack in good condition.
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

truckinusa
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Delivery Date: 30 Nov 2017

Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 pm

What do you say to a car dealer that wants too much and offers you $300 off? Its the end of the month is all I know. I made it pretty clear I was interested by mailing a preapproval from my bank, although I may just pay cash.

SyrinxTemple
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Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:04 pm

truckinusa wrote:What do you say to a car dealer that wants too much and offers you $300 off? Its the end of the month is all I know. I made it pretty clear I was interested by mailing a preapproval from my bank, although I may just pay cash.


How did it go? I just went through this with a dealership in my town yesterday. I thought what the heck, it's the last day of the month so why not try. They're asking $10,800 before taxes and fees for a 2013 S (built after March) with 40K miles. It's been on their lot for 170+ days. It has some physical blemishes on the interior. I wanted it for around $8000K out the door but they wouldn't budge below $10K. I tried to explain they're asking too much and it's just never going to sell for that, but the sales-person's reply was they have to consider how much they bought it for regardless of its value now. :roll: Oh well, maybe I'll try again at year end.

LeftieBiker
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Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:04 pm

What do you say to a car dealer that wants too much and offers you $300 off?


"I believe you misplaced a zero. Check your other pocket."
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

The most offensive, tasteless phrase in use here is "Pulled the trigger." I no longer respond to posts that use it.

truckinusa
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Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:06 am

SyrinxTemple wrote:
truckinusa wrote:What do you say to a car dealer that wants too much and offers you $300 off? Its the end of the month is all I know. I made it pretty clear I was interested by mailing a preapproval from my bank, although I may just pay cash.


How did it go? I just went through this with a dealership in my town yesterday. I thought what the heck, it's the last day of the month so why not try. They're asking $10,800 before taxes and fees for a 2013 S (built after March) with 40K miles. It's been on their lot for 170+ days. It has some physical blemishes on the interior. I wanted it for around $8000K out the door but they wouldn't budge below $10K. I tried to explain they're asking too much and it's just never going to sell for that, but the sales-person's reply was they have to consider how much they bought it for regardless of its value now. :roll: Oh well, maybe I'll try again at year end.

Sometimes I think they are in the business of storing cars until someone becomes desperate enough to buy one from them at an inflated price. I bought a Toyota Rav4 earlier in the year and I bought it new because they wanted the same price for a used one. Craziness.

truckinusa
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Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:19 pm

Went and looked at another leaf with similar mileage. It has 47,000 miles to be exact. It has nine bars and the warranty runs out in July 2018. Any chance I could burn 1 bar in 7 months? The $10,000 one definitely has 8 bars and I could possibly get it for $9,000. They seemed like they might go down to that but I didn't put in an offer. The difference between the vehicles is one has navigation, less miles and aluminum wheels. The other has steel wheels, no navigation, quick charge port and 9000 more miles with 9 bars versus 8.

Leaf A $9,000 price tag possibly
39,000 miles
8 bars of battery life still in warranty
navigation
aluminum wheels

Leaf B $8,000 price tag possibly
no navigation
9 bars of battery life still in warranty until July 2018
quick charge port

warrenc
Posts: 78
Joined: Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:33 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Apr 2017
Leaf Number: 418438
Location: Tacoma,WA

Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:38 pm

I think Leaf A would be the obvious choice if you can confirm that it qualifies for a new battery pack. I would try to avoid bringing that issue up in the negotiation though, only the fact that it has a severely degraded pack and is obviously worth much less than their asking price. If they bring up the warranty, tell them to get it replaced before they try to sell it to you.
The only thing they other one has going for it is the QC port, which could be huge depending on your needs! I wish I had one, but I've never had a real reason to have one since my commute is so short.
2013 Leaf SV
Tacoma, WA

joeriv
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Joined: Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:33 pm
Location: Fairfield County CT

Re: Thinking of buying a leaf

Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:41 pm

IMHO no contest - you are guaranteed a battery with 8 bars; just make sure that’s the case.
2017 Leaf S with QC, JUN mfg date

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