Welcome to Jeff Randall's Nissan Leaf Testimonial Page
Jeff and Shelly Randall bought their previously-owned 2012 Nissan Leaf SL in the summer of 2017 for $5,800 through Craigslist. With 47,500 miles on the odometer at the time of purchase, the Randall's are the third owners. “We chose to buy a used electric vehicle (EV) because that option best fit our budget and we were interested in long-term ownership,” says Jeff. “And this particular car has the features, range, performance and comfort that we were looking for.”
Their top-of-the line SL model comes with a Type III fast-charge port, alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, cruise control, navigation, a rear-view camera, and an upgraded sound system. In their research, they learned that model SV Leafs have similar features, while the base model S Leafs don’t always have these upgrades.
“Our car’s history is pretty typical,” reports Jeff. “The first owner leased it for 3 years and drove it about 20,000 miles. The second owner bought it used from the dealer and drove it another 27,000 miles over the next 2 years. The value of the new car in 2012 would have been about $35,000. We got it for less than $6,000 five years later. What a great deal!” As new EV models are produced by automakers, with greater range and features being offered each year, used vehicles can be had for a great value.
When shopping for used Leafs, Jeff was concerned about the condition of the battery. Fortunately, the Nissan Leaf is equipped with an easy-to-read battery health display on the dashboard in addition to a state-of-charge fuel-range indicator. “At the time of purchase our Leaf had 11 out of 12 listed on the battery health, which is typical for a 5-year old Leaf,” says Jeff. “It has since dropped to 10 of 12, so it has about 80% of it’s original battery storage capacity. For the price, I’m very happy with our purchase.”