bartable wrote:...Now after paying close to $4/gallon for our SUV we’re looking at a used Leaf as our around town car...
A lot of people have had the same idea recently, which is why the older LEAFs have actually appreciated in value over the last year or so:https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/price-tre ... Leaf-d2077
bartable wrote:...what to do? I was originally looking for a 2013-2014 Leaf with <40K miles on it for around $9,500. But what will that car be worth in 3 year and 25K miles from now? I’m nervous it could be worh next to nothing if the battery can only do ~40 miles at a time...
makes you nervous, you need to stop reading MNL posts immediately, as you have already been infected with the psychological malady which has led many posters here to pathetically suffer from obsessive chronic and severe range anxiety, capacity loss anxiety, and depreciation anxiety.
There is zero evidence that at some age, or at some lower-than-new capacity level, LEAF prices will drop to "next to nothing".
I expect more than half the ICEVs in the Bay Area are virtually never driven more than forty "around town" miles a day, and most LEAFs with the reasonable miles on them you suggest will likely still be able to that when they are ten years old, at a small fraction of the cost per mile of any ICEV.
TCO of any LEAF compared with TCO of an ICEV over the next three years will probably depend largely on what gas prices do over the next three years, just as it has for the last ~seven years.
And if you need to worry about that, be nervous
about the danger of possibly cheap gas to the planet
, not its effect on your BEV's resale value.