I have learned an enormous amount from this forum. I live in Eugene, OR, a mild climate with increasingly hot summers. I commute 15 miles/day and do not often use a car for trips over 60 miles.
I am hoping to purchase a LEAF that will get me through for the next 4-5 years when I can afford a higher-range used vehicle. Initially, I was thinking about a 2013, but the commentary on canary batteries made me think twice. I am now thinking about a 2015, and saw a couple of them on shift.com. Does anyone have any personal experience buying from them. Things I should be looking for in a 2015 other than strong battery health? Thanks.
Hi Barbara! I'm also in Eugene. My wife and I bought our first Leaf, today in fact. We got a 2016 with 15K on it. We got ours from Lithia Nissan over near Autzen. They have a 2014, 2015, and 2017 still on the lot as of when we left this morning. As you've probably seen on here too, Platt Auto Group in Portland has an extensive EV inventory. I corresponded with them a fair bit, and they are definitely worth considering
I looked at the listings on Shift as well, and considered a few. From what I understand, they won't bring a Leaf to Eugene, but will meet you in the Salem area. The main thing that steered me away from Shift is that in Oregon there's a $2500 rebate, but it's only for dealers, not private parties (and Shift isn't participating).
State of Oregon: AQ Programs - Requirements for Charge Ahead Applicantshttps://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/programs/Pages/Charge-Ahead-Rebate.aspx
This forum has been a huge help for me too. We were open to a late 2013 or 2014, but definitely preferred a 2015 or 2016. We've been working toward our Leaf purchase since February, and if you have questions or such please reach out. You'll find the right one!