Car has been sold. Sorry. Hope you find another used Leaf.
The all-electric Nissan Leaf is a terrific car. It's just turned out to be a less-than-ideal fit for our lifestyle. We live about six miles from the Salem city limits, so we use up twelve miles of range just getting to the edge of town.
Plus, our aging dog doesn't seem to like the sloping Leaf hatch compartment (it slopes because of the mid-car battery stack).
While that may not seem to be a big deal, you don't know how dogcentric my wife is. Whenever we look at a new car, one of the first things we do is tell the salesman we need to put our dog in it to see if she can stand up easily.
So we've ordered a Chevy Volt, wanting to keep ourselves in the electric car world, and put up an Auto Trader ad for our 2011 Leaf with only 3,000 miles on it.
Leather seats! Level III quick charger! ... If you want a Leaf, our car is a great deal. We added aftermarket leather seats and electrically-activated adjustable lumbar support ($1500 value). And this is a 2011 SL-E with the Level III quick charge port for full charging in about 30 minutes ($700 value).
Of course, the car also has the usual SL features. Navigation. Back-up camera. Intelligent Key entry. Level I and II charging. Bluetooth. Solar panel spoiler. Etc. Etc. Our Leaf has some dealer-installed options: all-weather rubber mats (hey, we live in Oregon), bumper protector, splash guards, cargo floor organizer.
At the time of this ad placement, there are twenty-five 2011 Leaf SL's for sale via Auto Trader in the entire country. Average asking price is $30,914. Ours is $27,995, about $3,000 LESS. Yet our Leaf has over $2,000 worth of MORE features -- the leather seats, lumbar support, Level III quick charger.
Someone who wants to buy a Leaf for about $10,000 less than a new 2012 model should find our offer really attractive.
Not everybody can make full use of the $7,500 federal tax credit (Oregon also has a $1,500 state tax credit). And the credit can't be taken on a new Leaf until the person's 2012 tax return is filed a year from now.
Our used Leaf has everything useful a 2012 Leaf has, aside from heated seats/steering wheel/mirrors. I don't consider the 2012 battery heater (which is only needed in really cold weather) and the rear HVAC duct to be truly useful.
And our car has leather seats plus electrically-activated lumbar support in the front seats.
Consumer Reports noted that the Leaf's seats aren't very comfortable, which we agree with. That's why we had leather put on the seats by Beaverton's Coach Automotive Accessories, who did an excellent job. Again, a $1,500 value.
Our Leaf can be easily driven home within an 80 mile or so range.
So if you live in Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, or thereabouts, and are looking for a Leaf, head over to the Auto Trader ad and check out our car.
The car also can be shipped via an auto transport company for not a whole lot of money -- way less than a buyer will be saving by getting our used Leaf. And since our car has a fast Level III charger, this offers more options for getting the car home.