[Oeva-list] Does it make sense to buy a lightly used Leaf?

Karl Boekelheide Karl at boekelheide.com
Fri Dec 6 15:39:32 PST 2013


Not too long ago Nissan was offering a $199/mo lease.  That’s what I was thinking of.
On Dec 6, 2013, at 12:13 PM, Greg Mikol <gmikol at yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 12/6/13, Karl Boekelheide <Karl at Boekelheide.com> wrote:
>> I think it’s a no-brainer if you
>> just want a great commuter car.  If you commute 50
>> miles every day your lease cost will probably be what
>> you’re paying for gas now.  
> 
> Not sure I agree with your math, Karl...
> 
> I'm looking at a 2013 SV with QC/LED. The absolute best lease offer I could probably get is $300/month , 24 months/ 12k miles.
> 
> My estimates have the Leaf replacing about 9000 miles / year in commuting, replacing a 28 MPG (city/hwy combined) vehicle.
> 
> Assuming $4/gal, my fuel costs are about $107 / month (4 * 9000/28 / 12). Even at the 12k miles / year for that particular lease example, fuel would be ~$140.
> 
> I'm not saying the vehicle has to pay for itself, it won't. I'm just trying to figure out if buying out someone else's lease (and owning the leaf) is a better idea than getting a lease of my own. And what an appropriate offer price (regardless of the payoff balance) would be for a '13 SV with QC/LED and ~8000 miles on it would be.
> 
> --Greg





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