I have been looking at a bargain basement Leaf or IMIEV for some time to replace my fathers aging ZX40.
I missed out last year on one for $5000 and have found SEs for around $5800 on up and ES's for $5500 on up.
They are all dealer related so I can trade the dented and aging ZX40 EV and get some off the top for a more or less valueless car. (though I can likely negotiate the same amount off)
Now looking further 2011 Leafs are $5900 on up and likely have no more range than the MIEV due to degradation, the leaf is a LOT more car and has a lot more parts and mods,
but in my case I prefer small odd cars.
Obviously there is also a small chance of a new battery and all that drama but lets pretend it doesn't exist.
Looking private party, well there is nothing, not leaf and not MIEV and don't even get me started on the
$6700 volts that are around.
So is it worth buying an MIEV over a leaf when its only a few hundred different?
Is it worth buying an MIEV when a Volt (a full long range vehicle) is a grand more?
And what about think city, its only about $4k on up but requires a mod to leave the heat on and turn the car off.
I don't know, I see the auction values for MIEVs seem to be in the $3-$4k ish areas
I would like an MIEV just because its small but has the floor really fell out yet?
Would I ever find a private party person willing to sell for a realistic price?
(some trade their in for $3500 while also loosing the ability to negotiate)
Ah well, more and more it seems like I will be on the fence until one of the other daily drivers fails completely.