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?