SageBrush wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:30 pm
Fair point, and fair guess. The flip side would be that keeping a car and battery that is in good condition (if it is) reduces the risks that come with buying a used car.
The dilemma I was getting at:
Say a person is trying to figure out if he should buy or lease a Leaf. If buying, would consider owning for many years. Customer sees that there are excellent lease deals but also excellent purchase deals (with dealer incentives + FTC + state incentives).
Going the buying route, one starts off with a great purchase price but if not living in a cool climate and/or not practicing good battery hygiene, accelerated battery degradation takes place. So issues of having range to meet needs may then come in a few years after purchase.
Going the leasing route, one starts off with a great lease price and doesn't worry too much if not living in a cool climate and/or not practicing good battery hygiene as one returns the vehicle 2-3 years later. The bad news is, if optimal hygiene is practiced and the battery is doing fine and one wants to buy the vehicle off-lease, Nissan may not budge on the residual. The same year and trim vehicle could instead be purchased used for substantially less elsewhere, but indeed it's unclear how well those vehicles have been cared for and the true health of their batteries.
Considering such things, for someone in the PNW and other cool climates, buying from the start is a less risky proposition if one hopes to keep the vehicle for years. OTOH, in warm climates...
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