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How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:08 am

I have had my 2018 LEAF SV for a few months and love a lot about it. Range anxiety, coupled with some longer trips I now have to take regularly, leads me to looking into something with more range (LEAF Plus or Model 3).

What is the best way to sell an electric car? Same as ICE? These are what I'm considering. Please let me know if you have any other approaches or tips.

Craigslist
eBay
Nissan Dealership
CarMax (I think this is likely the lowest valued option)

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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:13 am

eplus wrote:I

What is the best way to sell an electric car? Same as ICE? These are what I'm considering. Please let me know if you have any other approaches or tips.

Craigslist
eBay
Nissan Dealership
CarMax (I think this is likely the lowest valued option)
Carvana, auto trader, cars.com also might work.

The nice thing about a dealer or something like carvana is that they'll be able to roll any negative equity into your new loan if u need to do so. The downside is they'll give you trade in value which is usually lower than what you could sell it for and the interest rate might be higher than a credit union would give.

I haven't seen any leaf plus on carvana yet but there are definitely some Tesla model 3.
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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:55 pm

I’m in the same boat you and I would really like the extra range and better battery temperature management of the Leaf Plus. But be careful trying to get a Leaf Plus right now, I have already tried a couple of times and I was really turned off by the lease money factor Nissan is asking for the Plus, this experience has made me realize what a really great deal I got on my 2018 SL.

Nissan is a lot more interested in trying to sell the 3,000 40 kWh Leafs they’ve got sitting on dealer lots than in pushing the Plus. You might want to wait a while until Nissan starts really trying to sell the Plus. A little patience will probably pay us big dividends.
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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:11 pm

OTOH, when the 40kwh Leaf discounts get huge, the used price plummets...
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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:35 am

eplus wrote: What is the best way to sell an electric car? Same as ICE?
I have no experience with them at all, but here in the US there's an outfit that Martyn Lee's podcasts advertise as offering an online resource specifically for buying/selling EVs that you could look at: myEV.com . Claims to be what you're interested in, at least.

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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:59 pm

It depends on where you live, but so far I have been able to trade in two Leafs for slightly more than I paid for them, after taking the federal tax credit into account. Different dealerships will give you vastly different quotes for a trade-in value, so you have to shop around. But, some can be quite motivated to sell the Plus versions, so if there are plenty in your area who will give you more if you are also buying a new (and more expensive) car from them. In most places, you also get to subtract the trade-in value of your old car from the price of the new car when calculating sales tax, which can cover the price difference between selling privately and trading it in.
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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:59 pm

Re: CL, from https://www.craigslist.org/about/help/posting_fees:
"Cars/trucks by-owner in the US—$5 (starting April 15)"

More info at https://www.craigslist.org/about/cto.

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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:06 pm

I don't have solid tips but for me trying to sell my 11 bar 5/2013 built '13 Leaf SV w/premium package but no CHAdeMO and at the time about 63.5K miles...
eplus wrote: Craigslist
eBay
Nissan Dealership
CarMax (I think this is likely the lowest valued option)
Nissan dealership was the WORST for my car. Two didn't want it. Another gave an incredibly low value and made a bunch of "mistakes" in the process. I can point to the story later.

I found out about AutoNation buying used cars by submitting request for quote online via https://www.caranddriver.com/shopping-a ... t-feature/. They also gave me a joke of an offer: $3,552.

Carmax offered me $5K, which is basically the highest, so far. Shift offered me $5K and Vroom offered me $4K.

I wouldn't be optimistic about eBay Motors. I suspect many sales fall thru.
Astros wrote:In most places, you also get to subtract the trade-in value of your old car from the price of the new car when calculating sales tax, which can cover the price difference between selling privately and trading it in.
We don't know where the OP is. California does NOT allow for that. I'd never even heard of this until I moved to WA (lived there for 9 years).

https://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/what ... u-pay.html under "Trade-in sales tax credit?" lists which states allow for that.
TexasLeaf wrote:better battery temperature management of the Leaf Plus.
???

Source? The battery still is "air cooled" w/passive cooling and inside a sealed box, AFAIK.

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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Trade it in on at the Chevy dealer for a Bolt. Otherwise put a sign in the window with your number and advertise as listed above.

Be realistic on price or it will be yours for a long time.
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Re: How to sell a 2018 LEAF?

Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:39 pm

TexasLeaf wrote:
better battery temperature management of the Leaf Plus.

Cwerdna wrote:
???

Source? The battery still is "air cooled" w/passive cooling and inside a sealed box, AFAIK.
I think he means that the larger pack can charge longer at lower temps, so Nissan can restrict charging rates at higher temps...Not my definition, either.
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