rtz
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Location: Oklahoma City

Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:27 pm

eBay, Craigslist, dealer?

Looking to pick one up for around $5k. Wouldn't mind light body damage at all if the price was 2, 3, or 4K. Or even high miles if it was reflected in the upfront cost.

Also best means to unload my current 43k mile 2016 NV1500.

cwerdna
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Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:31 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jul 2013
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Re: Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:25 pm

Please see viewtopic.php?p=531676#p531676 and answer the applicable questions here, besides updating your profile.

Leaf may be unsuitable. For $5K or so, you'll probably only be able to get an '11 or '12 Leaf which has crap in terms of degradation rate batteries. If you're in a mild climate and the car resided in a mild climate and your range needs are modest, then it might be ok.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/seattle- ... 373291032/ may help.

Nissan dealers have a high markup.

'13 Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
'13 Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium packages (lease over, car returned)
'06 Prius

Please don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

alozzy
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Delivery Date: 18 Jan 2017
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Re: Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:36 pm

Based on your budget, your chances of picking up a LEAF are almost zero. Anything you do find won't be worth purchasing. I would either up my budget, or not buy an EV as the LEAF is about as cheap as it gets...
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

cwerdna
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Joined: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:31 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jul 2013
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Re: Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:48 pm

BTW, a few years ago, a MNLer in a remote part of CA tried to sell his 8 bar '11 Leaf for $4500. He got no takers:

viewtopic.php?p=454921#p454921
viewtopic.php?f=30&t=8802&p=475234#p475234

Its battery was probably down between 35 and 45% in capacity. New 24 kWh Leaf reads about 281 gids on a full charge. http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/Batt ... y_Behavior is a chart that was in the '11 service manual but was removed from later ones, for unknown reasons.

Used Leaf prices have actually gone vs. when I got my current one in July 2015.

'13 Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
'13 Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium packages (lease over, car returned)
'06 Prius

Please don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

BillHolz
Posts: 91
Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:32 am
Delivery Date: 07 May 2016
Leaf Number: 322345
Location: Norfolk, VA

Re: Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:55 am

Using autotrader, which is how I found my Leaf, and setting a 200 mile radius around a randomly picked OK city zip code, I found most of the good options are more like $9-12K. If you find the right car at the right price, it might be worth the trip and either tow it back home on a trailer or figure out the charging hops needed with plugshare.
2015 SV no QC

rtz
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:26 pm
Location: Oklahoma City

Re: Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:58 pm

I would use this as an around town car with a mix of city/highway use and never more then 50 miles a day and could charge at my destinations.

Currently looking at wrecked salvage models. Battery replacement costs are putting a dampener on this though regardless of how cheap the vehicle. Even if the vehicle was FREE a battery at 9k is a deal breaker.

goldbrick
Posts: 272
Joined: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:33 pm
Delivery Date: 01 Aug 2017
Leaf Number: 311806
Location: Colorado front range

Re: Best route to acquire a Leaf?

Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:35 pm

MNL user 'mux', who is based in the Netherlands I believe, has developed a battery extender that allows you to put additional new batteries in the trunk of the car. I think he is planning to sell these commercially in the EU but may also make parts of the design available here in the US. The project is just past the proto-typing stages so contact him or search for posts here to get more information.

The point is, there are probably quite a few Leaf's with degraded batteries in your part of the world or in Texas. You should be able to find one for cheap and then add a battery extender for much less than the $8500 for a new pack. This would allow you to get a Leaf with a decent range for a cheaper price. Or just buy a 6/7/8 bar Leaf for cheap if you can live with the reduced range.

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