Our first car will be 5 years old this May and it currently has 27,657 miles on it. It did sit unused for 18 months because we bought our second iMiEV with the intention of storing it until we needed it, but unfortunately the state of Mississippi didn't think that was a good idea - We could not title #2 without registering it and getting insurance on it, so since the tag on #1 was about to expire and we didn't really need another car (we already had 4 cars when we bought #2) we stored #1 and began driving #2 immediately
#2 currently has 14,911 miles on it - It had 3,900 when we bought it, so about 10,000 miles in that 18 months. As of about 6 months ago have both of them on the road - She drives the original and I drive #2
Had to replace the 12 volt battery in #1 when we took it out of storage, but neither car has needed tires - Did put two new front tires on #1 at about 10,000 miles when I hit a chunk of asphalt which had fallen out of a dump truck immediately in front of us while crossing a bridge - Instant blowout! Other than that, pretty close to zero maintenance on them both during those 40,000+ miles. #1 does need a new rear wiper now - It gets sun on the back window when it sits in the garage with the garage door open
About 6 months ago Carolyn had a minor fender bender in #2 when she was hit by a pick-up - His insurance paid about $3K to replace the front bumper, one headlight, one foglight and the superstructure behind the bumper cover. No damage to the chassis or steering geometry thankfully. Repairs took about a month, so we brought #1 out of hibernation then - Great to have a spare!!
We really didn't *need* a second EV as 98%of the time we go everywhere we need to go either alone or together, but when we found #2 as it came off lease for only $8,700 with just 3,900 miles on it, we couldn't pass that up. What if #1 somehow got totaled and we had no iMiEV??? Truly a scary thought, so we bought #2 just for insurance that we would always have one to drive
Like a few others here, we bought the first one when our dealer (now gone) first got them in stock and we paid the full $30K for it (less the tax incentive) and even though they lost value very quickly, we both still think it was a very wise purchase. I can't think of any other car I've owned which is better at what it does than these remarkable little cars . . . . which is why we bought another. Hopefully 10 years from now, we'll all be here talking about how great 15 years of ownership has been. I don't see anything replacing our iMiEV's anytime soon!