Wow thanks for all the responses I wasn't expecting this much! So I didn't really give much background here but basically my wife and I both work at the same place with the same hours, so we travel together most of the time. Occasionally though we need to each drive our own vehicle because of offsite meetings, or various errands. I own a '91 F150 which I take when I need to but we also now have a baby, and a car seat in a single cab '91 F150 with manual transmission doesn't work. So we have to get another car.
I've tossed around the idea of a $3-5K basic commuter car but after factoring in occasional gas and maintenance for it I found it would be cheaper for us to get a Leaf and daily drive that and use the Mazda as a secondary vehicle. Plus i'm a techie geek, I love to drive, and I really like the advantages of an EV. We only take the back roads to/from work which are 35-50 mph speed zones.
On days where we are both going on the errand we'll just take the Mazda to avoid extreme planning and range anxiety. We'll also just take the Mazda on snowy days, or days when it is really hot. Our summers usually stay in the 90's for a couple months and even get over a 100 sometimes. The Leaf wouldn't be driven on these days unless we had to take our own vehicles.
Alright onto some direct responses.
No unfortunately the car was at a dealer auction that my dealer picked up. I had asked them to find me one so they did as requested and we're gonna test drive and charge it this weekend. I'll find out if I need to install a 240V L2 or not because i'm going to test our daily routine.
Uber is not practical for my situation... thanks for the thought though.
We live in southern Idaho, my dealer bought the Leaf and is having it shipped here. If we don't like it and don't buy it they will just find someone else to buy it.
Not that my financial situation is anyone's business but I appreciate your looking out for me. I agree this isn't ideal but I have no other debts except our house.
thanks for the ideas... I've been researching EV's for several months now and considering my family size, finances, etc. The Leaf is a good fit. Though I did originally want to get a Mercedes B250e my dealer was selling, it was a decent deal and the B250e has a TESLA drivetrain and batteries, of course with active heating and cooling. I quite liked it and it was a larger crossover size vehicle but unfortunately my wife hates the car with a passion and refuses to get it, even though it fits out lifestyle better and has better chances of avoiding battery issues. AND it still has 3.5 years of battery warranty left, I called the Merc dealer and had them check the VIN. A real shame my wife doesn't like it because that would have been ideal.
Thanks for the advice. I don't know what the actual price will be my dealer will ask but I will take into account current market values - assuming we even like it.
Honestly unless it has less than 11 bars, is in not great condition, or something in Leaf Spy app scares me we'll heavily consider buying it and hopefully for a good price. If we can't work out a good deal then it wasn't meant to be and we'll move on.
Thanks everyone for the ideas and thoughts, I hope for more... We'll see what happens.