nivek wrote:I was just awarded a $5,000 grant for a BEV or PHEV via the clean vehicle assistance program. While 5k is huge, I really don't have much in addition to that to spend on a car. Therefore I'm looking at the cheapest possible options.
I'm fairly set on a leaf since they're some of the cheapest BEV's. I've found a 2011 Leaf with 27,000 miles for $6500. Does this seem like something that has potential? Are there any pitfalls I should be aware of with such an old leaf? I know about checking the battery capacity bars, but I've also heard they may not always be accurate. I don't have much of a daily commute and a solid 80+ miles of range would probably feel like plenty for me (assuming some loss of range from lost battery capacity).
My questions are
1) Is it even worth pursuing a 2011 Leaf at all?
2) What sorts of red flags should I be aware of? What things should I check and should I ask the dealer about? I want to be as discerning as possible. I've recently gotten really excited about EV's in general and have been doing tons of reading and researching, but my technical knowledge about cars is very limited in general.
Thanks so much
Good Morning Nivek, I also live on the Central Coast(Atascadero) & bought an 2018 back in Sep so I could provide some real world experience on everything locally if you're so inclined. I would suggest you consider a 2018 Leaf S because you have many many discounts available to you.
Until Jan2nd PG&E is giving $3000 off the price of the vehicle so you also save sales tax off that $3K. PG&E also is currently offering $500 in a direct check towards a home EVSE that increases to $800 after early Jan & you can wait to apply to get the increased amount.
The state will directly send you a check for $2500 which you could use to pay down the loan if no pre-payment penalty or use however you see fit.
If you anticipate owing $7500 or more in federal income taxes then you would also get all of those back in the form of a refund of whatever you paid in deductions over the year.
Also you should be able to negotiate more off the price of the car beyond the PG&E rebate as well at time of purchase. Let's say $1200.
Add all that up & your talking about $20,000 in potential discounts for your car. So a $30K car becomes a $10K car...albeit paying sales tax on a roughly net $26K.
Be aware that your insurance is likely to be about 25-60% higher than w/e your currently driving. That one caught me off guard a little.
Depending on how aggressively or economically I drive I have seen up to 183 miles of range in warmer weather in our county when I charge to 100%
Feel free to DM/PM me & we can talk directly.