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Looking to buy a used electric car

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Looking to buy a used electric car

Post by Jushiluca »

I'd like to spend between $5,000 - $7,000 (preferably at the bottom end of that range).

I've been looking at the Nissan Leaf.

A few questions:
1) what year would you recommend? (I've been looking at 2014 - 2016)

2) How many miles would you be good with? (I've been looking around 20,000-30,000)

3) I drive about 8 miles to work and back every day. How many miles should I expect to get out of this vehicle before having to pay a large-ish amount of money for maintenance?

4) How much does insurance usually run on these types of cars?

Knowing many on here have made this type of purchase, I welcome your thoughts and experiences as I hopefully make a 5-10 year purchase.
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Re: Looking to buy a used electric car

Post by pdq67 »

I don't know if you can even find then now, but I would buy an old 2000 or so Geo Metro 2 dr. hatch.

I bought a new 3-banger/5-speed that got like 45++ mpg running 60 mph on the Hwy all day long.

I also bought new a 1987 Chevy Sprint ER corn-popper commuter car that got like 50+ mpg running like 70 mph for years and years!! Little bugger weighed like 1500 pounds!

It handled like a, "SK-8 Board"!! I loved it!!

I would buy a new one today if I could...

IMHO, you are going to find out that the battery pack will kill the deal IF you keep it long enough?

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Re: Looking to buy a used electric car

Post by PackardV8 »

In your price range, the Leaf is the only one widely available.

FWIW, electrics thus far are running more miles with lower maintenance costs.
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