johnlocke wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:56 pm
tinaCA wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:02 am
Our family has one car right now a 2016 cmax energi (PI hybrid). We are thinking of getting a second car and it would likely be a leaf - we last owned a 2012 leaf S on 3 year lease and loved that car.
Currently we have access to the following rebates used/new:
Local air $750/$1000
State $0/$2500 but currently depleted (we are not low income according to CA) should be able to collect at some point though
We see regularly 2016 leaf’s for around $11-12k.
What’s the current breakdown on residuals and cost of ownership for lease with rebates vs used?
Lease the Leaf. Until Nissan definitively fixes battery degradation problems, leasing is the better option. Buying a 2016 30 KWH used is asking for trouble unless you can live with reduced range and eventual battery replacement. Leasing a 2019 gives you either a 40 or 60 KWH battery and if the battery holds up you can buy out the the residual. If the battery doesn't seem to hold up then after 3 years it's Nissan's problem.
Agreed. When buying an EV, the cost isn't the primary factor to consider - it's the overall satisfaction with ownership, along with cost. Leasing and then buying will cost more, but it's insurance: if the car doesn't work out, or is degrading quickly, you aren't stuck with it - and in that case your cost becomes lower than if you bought it for less and then had to sell or trade it.