Questions About Buying a Used Electric Nissan Leaf

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Do They Make Sense New vs. Used? What About Hybrids?

There’s a debate over whether to buy a used caar or a new one. On the one side of the are government incentives and on the other is decreasing residual values. makes more sense for

For this example we’re to look at a used electric Leaf. It’s a good, car to drive and it’s gasoline That’s especially welcome as gas rise and if you happen to own solar because you’re, in effect, your own fuel for your

Another reason to look at a electric Nissan Leaf is it is the best selling electric according to the Japanese automaker. than 25,000 have sold in the U.S. (and an 10,000 in Europe).

The first Nissan Leaf out in 2011, which means are going to start showing up in used electric car lots in numbers. Of course, that’s a term because only have been sold. a relative eye dropper’s worth in an of used cars.

Kelley Book reports in its Used-Car Analysis for May 2013 that average, used electric are retaining nearly 55 percent of original Manufacturer’s Suggested Price (MSRP), while hybrid counterparts perform better by holding on to a retained average of 74.3 percent.

That’s a good argument for a used electric car. A 55% after one year is fairly A Nissan Leaf costing in 2012 would be worth $20,900 in 2013.

That seem to be a good deal for a car buyer because it’s a big drop.

However, and isn’t always a however, that 55% value doesn’t reflect the drop in new Nissan Leafs for A 2013 model can be bought for (before an $850 delivery That means a base could be bought for less $16,000 in 2014 if you could one.

Also, that price tag (before local and taxes of course) doesn’t the $7500 tax credit you’re to receive for buying a new Nissan That means you’re to pay $22,150 for a new Leaf vs. $20,900 for a 2012 Nissan Leaf. $1250 price difference is to be a strong consideration.


The U.S. Dept. of Energy that are available for electric purchased in or after 2010. The government says they may be for a federal income tax credit of up to The credit amount will based on the capacity of the battery to fuel the vehicle. (But worry — the Nissan qualifies.)

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Of course, there is an alternative to electric cars to consider: the According to kbb.com, The hybrid will continue to outperform the vehicle segment for quite time, as the infrastructure for electric remains in its early stages and still need to grow to the idea of a purely electric Unless a consumer’s commute is and consistent, the jump from a vehicle to a fully electric is not an easy choice for drivers, in cases where the model is higher than the hybrid

By the way, About.com has an excellent on purchasing a used hybrid should be a must before one.

The site continues, It is important to that while the electric segment maintains the lowest value, these vehicles have a much higher than their gas-powered With an average retained of nearly 55 percent, this brings the value of electric within a comparable price to their gas-powered counterparts a dollar perspective, said Gutierrez, senior market Automotive Insights, Kelley Book.

Electric vehicles have federal and state tax to aid in the purchase of the vehicle when however, these incentives do not on the used-car side.

So, what’s for you? A new Nissan Leaf or a Nissan Leaf? Crunch the and see what suits you best.

However, keep in mind the tax credits are a big factor in favor of the new Leaf.

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