SageBrush wrote: WetEV wrote:
SalisburySam wrote:I will agree with other posters here: a non-temperature-controlled battery is not a good idea in hot climates. If the LEAF really, really floats your boat, take @LeftieBiker’s advice and lease it so battery degradation becomes the manufacturer’s problem and not yours.
Or save money and own the car as long as the warranty will replace the battery. Still is the is manufacturer’s problem and not yours.
Did you forget about depreciation ? No way to foist that on the manufacturer.
No, after 8 years assume zero value. Probably wrong, but assume that.
Still cheaper than leasing. Here, let us do it for 5 years.
https://www.nissanusa.com/pe-nissan/lea ... f/s-40-kwh
Set trade in and down payment to zero.
I see $495 to buy for 60 months, and $532 to lease for 60 months. Not counting the federal tax credit of $7500.
So lease would cost $31920, and a purchase would cost $22200. Assuming you have enough income to get the full tax credit, of course. Assuming that the car is worthless even with 3 years of battery warranty left. Fees for leasing are probably higher as well.