I have watched the used LEAF market over the last few months to try and see what a used LEAF will sell for. I watched 9 LEAF listings on eBay over a 4 month period. Here’s how the listing outcomes have broken down.
- 9 LEAF’s listed.
- 0 Vehicles Sold, reserve not met or zero bids.
- 2 listings received no bids.
- Lowest ‘high bid’ $1,675 – Reserve Not Met.
- Highest ‘high bid’ $15,900, Reserve Not Met.
- Buy-it-Now prices averaged $21,500.
I got a very low trade in estimate for my LEAF from my local Nissan dealer. The salesman said the estimate is so low because ‘No one is buying used LEAF’s”. Apparently he was telling the truth!!
2013 LEAF sales are brisk compared to previous year models, but it looks like used car buyers are very wary of the LEAF giving it a wide berth.
One possible explanation, other than fear of an EV, is that many people I speak to are surprised to hear you can actually charge up a LEAF using a 120v standard outlet. “Really? they ask, I thought you had to have a special charger installed”. If folks think they have to buy an expensive charger for home, that creates a mental barrier. Even so I would recommend getting a dedicated unit in your garage, it is much more convenient. Bosch are now selling charging units for the home starting at $495. They aren’t expensive anymore. Who knew?
Another issue is that there are few if any incentives for second hand EV purchasers, the government incentives are going to new car buyers only.
With very depressed secondhand values, looks like I’m keeping my LEAF ’till the wheels fall off.