eyemgh wrote:I can get a local dealer to buy one at auction for me in So Cal for a fee. Is the savings worth the risk of sight unseen? Anything else I need to know?
I would not buy a So-Cal car at auction, but...
If you are devoted to the idea, you need to know two things. I assume that you can get the VIN before the auction? If so, get a CarFax report. My vague memory is that the real CarFax was slightly more detailed than the free ones I could find, and the details are important.
Thing One: How long between the manufacture date of the car and the date it was sold (i.e the date it had its title issued)? This is crucial, especially in summer. Dealers pretty much always keep unsold Leafs sitting around at 100% State-of-Charge. That is the kiss of death for the battery if the weather is warm and sunny, since the closed windows of the car cause a greenhouse effect that gets the battery (which is inside the car under the floorboards) even hotter. I wonder where it's often warm and sunny?
Oh, yeah, So Cal!
So unless the car was built in fall or winter then sold promptly (a couple of months), or in summer and sold IMMEDIATELY, avoid it like the plague.
Thing Two: Try to figure out where the car lived. Probably, hopefully, it won't be too far from where it was bought or subsequently serviced. If that's somewhere inland and therefore hot, forget it. The battery is probably cooked. If you think it's likely to have been in a cooler area near the ocean, it might be worth the risk.