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Re: Buying an EV using $15,500 worth of company, state, and federal incentives
« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2023, 11:26:28 AM »
Hey everybody - sorry for the radio silence. The past few weeks were an absolute rollercoaster.
After letting me get within spitting distance of a brand new Bolt EV my wife had a mustachian intervention and told me that buying a new car for $17k is stupid spendy-pants indulgence if a $6k car would serve our purposes... Which I had to agree with.
So, we dropped the effort to buy a Bolt and focused on moving our life to Boise.

We are now in Boise, and I am going to look at this 2014 LEAF later today:
https://www.lithiafordboise.com/used/Nissan/2014-Nissan-LEAF-Boise-ID-f2774df30a0e0a940703aba763ba882d.htm#

CarFax here:
https://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/ar20/IwHRkYB4uBc1tXY7G3XkZgXjiI9SJMoIW3gpla88B2QiSvxom52_xgQAmJrcOGRPhyyujR6JVXyaX5Ebf55SfYTo2_9DNGi8W0c

I am 90% happy with the car, but concerned that the CarFax shows so little maintenance. I think with an EV maintenance is much less of a concern, but I do worry that this is less maintenance that I'd like to see, even for an EV.

I am going to get the OBDII connector and use Leaf Spry to assess the battery, but I'd really apprecaite a review of the CarFax - opinions would be much appreciated. Will report back on what Leaf Spy says.

@BuffaloStache thanks for all the hand holding - hope I didn't waste too much of your time.

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Re: Buying an EV using $15,500 worth of company, state, and federal incentives
« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2023, 03:15:48 PM »
This is something I've read a bit about, but am no means an expert. 

There's a reason those cars are $10k apart.  And maybe those reasons work for you, but make sure you think through them.

1. Older Leaf's do have a battery chemistry that has degraded more than the more modern batteries.  Make sure you know what state that battery is in, and be prepared for it to last only a few years.  Maybe it will last longer, and maybe it won't.  A 2022 Bolt will have ~10+ years of good life in in, while the Leaf won't.  Make some assumptions about how long each will last and figure out the annualized cost of each.
2. 6.6kW charging speed means it's only good for charging at home.  Even the "slow" Bolt charging speed is 50kW.  This isn't super relevant for your day-to-day, but it could be the difference between being able to do a day trip to Twin Falls (or similar) or not being able to. 

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Re: Buying an EV using $15,500 worth of company, state, and federal incentives
« Reply #52 on: December 10, 2023, 07:02:54 PM »
Thanks for the update!

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@BuffaloStache thanks for all the hand holding - hope I didn't waste too much of your time.

Seriously, no worries about that at all. If anything I'm glad I could provide some perspective/thoughts on your EV journey.

As for the Carfax, it looks like 99% of those are just standard dealer 'services'; this could be as simple as a tire rotation or brakes work, nothing major. However, it did say that "battery maintenance" was performed in November of 2023 at a dealer in Boise. Maybe call that dealer and ask what the "battery service" entailed and if they think the battery was in good shape?

Regardless, good luck in Boise and with life in general!