Rodriguez
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Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:51 am

Hi all,

Im looking for a (preferably) 2013+ Leaf to export to the carib. At the moment I am looking in the region of Florida to minimize the transport costs over land(it has to be trailered to Miami for shipping) but the supply is quite meh compared to California.

Is it worth looking in places like California where there is more supply despite the added cost for shipping overland?

There are two reasons I want a 2013 or newer leaf, the battery is better equipped to handle the heat and in about two years I'm moving back again to Europe and the 2013 has a more efficient heater. For the rest Chademo is a must have.

Oh btw when the time is ripe I've already arranged for a battery swap at Muxsan :D

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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:40 am

When I bought last month I noticed some online sellers were quoting reasonable shipping rates. In the end I went looking in the pick up truck and rented a U-haul car carrier for $100 for the 200 mile trip home so I was only one day buying and getting the Leaf home by myself. I was planning on getting a 2015 off Craigslist but went with a 2016 from a Nissan dealership that I liked when I went to look at their Leaf. Buying sight unseen has some risk but I have done it successful in the past.

Find the car you like and see what the shipping costs are to the port of your choice I guess is about all you can do if you do not have state side contacts to do it for you.

I found a Leaf with 21.5K miles on it for about the same price of a 2013 and a new battery. In my case having a dealership to lean on if needed was a plus but I do not think that would be factor in your case importing it once or twice.

Best of success. Do you have any EV options locally?

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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:09 am

When you look at 2013 leafs, remember that the old, bad battery chemistry was used through the March builds in 2013, and there may be a small handful of April builds with it as well. I drove a 4/2013 build with the newer chemistry for 5 years, but if you want to be absolutely safe, look for May or later. The build date is on the door sill sticker on the driver's side door.
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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:17 am

It's about $1.25 a mile generally to move it. Just add it into your cost and see if it works.
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Rodriguez
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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:10 pm

GaleHawkins wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:40 am
When I bought last month I noticed some online sellers were quoting reasonable shipping rates. In the end I went looking in the pick up truck and rented a U-haul car carrier for $100 for the 200 mile trip home so I was only one day buying and getting the Leaf home by myself. I was planning on getting a 2015 off Craigslist but went with a 2016 from a Nissan dealership that I liked when I went to look at their Leaf. Buying sight unseen has some risk but I have done it successful in the past.

Find the car you like and see what the shipping costs are to the port of your choice I guess is about all you can do if you do not have state side contacts to do it for you.

I found a Leaf with 21.5K miles on it for about the same price of a 2013 and a new battery. In my case having a dealership to lean on if needed was a plus but I do not think that would be factor in your case importing it once or twice.

Best of success. Do you have any EV options locally?
I can't do the pickup thing myself, I have contact with a local importer that deals with the paperwork and shipping for me.
Funny thing is that I am already driving a Nissan Leaf that will be sold locally, due to some errors on my side when exporting it when I moved it it would be quite hard to move with the car again. But I don't mind though, I can sell the car for a profit locally and take the new Leaf with me home. Where I'm from a high milage 2011/2012 model starts at €10.000 so it makes sense to import one from the states while I live close anyway.
LeftieBiker wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:09 am
When you look at 2013 leafs, remember that the old, bad battery chemistry was used through the March builds in 2013, and there may be a small handful of April builds with it as well. I drove a 4/2013 build with the newer chemistry for 5 years, but if you want to be absolutely safe, look for May or later. The build date is on the door sill sticker on the driver's side door.
I'll keep that in mind, was already trying to weed out all the pre april cars. I'm planning to swap later anyway but a better battery also has a better value down the line when I sell the pack.

Also, for the the first years was chademo only on the SL trim or was it also optional on the lesser trims?

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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:26 pm

To add on my previous post, it's quite hard to determine if the car has Chademo or not, I believe there was a guide on what to look for in a picture of the engine bay somewhere but I can't find it. IIRC something like two extra orange HV wires?

I found an interesting 2013:
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta ... /overview/

And three nteresting 2015's:
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta ... /overview/
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta ... /overview/
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta ... /overview/

The trimlevel is a bit confusing though, the sticker doesn't say SV but G?

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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:27 pm

Rodriguez wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:10 pm
...Also, for the the first years was chademo only on the SL trim or was it also optional on the lesser trims?
It's available on all Leafs, my '13 S has a QC port as it had the "charge" package, I believe all SV and SLs have a QC port but some of the earlier S's and SV's lacked a backup camera if that's important. I believe by '14?? a backup camera was on all N. American Leafs.
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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:37 pm

Got it, I'm reaching out to all the dealers above to ask. May I ask what you think of the ads above?

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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:43 pm

Rodriguez wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:37 pm
Got it, I'm reaching out to all the dealers above to ask. May I ask what you think of the ads above?
Truthfully they are a bit of a mess :?
One mentions a power lift gate :? never been available on a Leaf. Then one says a S but lists features only available on a SL or maybe SV but not S.
Oh if CC is important to you, it wasn't available on S models in '13 and maybe '14? I believe all Leafs had CC by '15. As I only use mine in-town I don't care but you might. You also gain the "B" mode on later Leafs, again it was not an option on my '13S but I believe by '15(or maybe '14??) it was on all Leafs.
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Re: Is it worth to transport cross country

Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:56 pm

Yeah weeding it out is a bit of a job indeed. Now I know to look for the words charge package helps a bit narrowing down. The price difference between a 2013 and 2015 is small enough for me to go for a 2015.

For now I like this one because the low milage, spare tire and evse but im waiting to find out if it has chademo.
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta ... /overview/

This one should have it according to the description and has a similar milage and price, no spare wheel though:
https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/deta ... /overview/

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