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I'm thinking of getting an EV, probably a Leaf.

I'm worried by the practicalities. My nearest Nissan dealer is about 30 minutes drive (the same applies to competitors such as Renault). The town I live in has multiple small independent garages, but I doubt any are geared up for fixing EVs. So the easy option is to get another Ford - the dealer is barely 5 minutes' walk, and any garage locally can service it.

I suppose I'm wondering how much bother the distance might be. Presumably my local garage can still do some work.
I get the impression that Leafs (say 2-3 years old) are reasonably reliable.
Are independent garages starting to do EV work? Or am I stuck with main dealers for the foreseeable future?
 

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Main dealer EV servicing is a rip off. It seems to be about the same price as ICE servicing even though there are few consumables and fewer hours.

Trouble is, when I asked a local independent EV garage for the same service, it was more expensive.
 

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I'm thinking of getting an EV, probably a Leaf.

I'm worried by the practicalities. My nearest Nissan dealer is about 30 minutes drive (the same applies to competitors such as Renault). The town I live in has multiple small independent garages, but I doubt any are geared up for fixing EVs. So the easy option is to get another Ford - the dealer is barely 5 minutes' walk, and any garage locally can service it.

I suppose I'm wondering how much bother the distance might be. Presumably my local garage can still do some work.
I get the impression that Leafs (say 2-3 years old) are reasonably reliable.
Are independent garages starting to do EV work? Or am I stuck with main dealers for the foreseeable future?
I get my local mechanic to "service" and MOT my old Leaf.
He can happily deal with all the non-HV bits and the HV-bits don't need regular maintenance anyway.
 
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It depends on your lifestyle. If you rarely need a dealer then 30 minutes doesn't sound very far to me, but depends what else you are doing - whether you need to get to work. Having moved to a rural area both our dealers are at least 60 minutes away, more like 75 at busy times. Last time was a nice day and I took my bike, but then I wasn't working.

If the battery warranty is important to you then you need to use a dealer to get it checked....
 

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I'm thinking of getting an EV, probably a Leaf.

I'm worried by the practicalities. My nearest Nissan dealer is about 30 minutes drive (the same applies to competitors such as Renault). The town I live in has multiple small independent garages, but I doubt any are geared up for fixing EVs. So the easy option is to get another Ford - the dealer is barely 5 minutes' walk, and any garage locally can service it.

I suppose I'm wondering how much bother the distance might be. Presumably my local garage can still do some work.
I get the impression that Leafs (say 2-3 years old) are reasonably reliable.
Are independent garages starting to do EV work? Or am I stuck with main dealers for the foreseeable future?
Most electric cars are extremely reliable, much more so than any petrol or diesel car (now we all know any car can have issues). I would also consider the leaf one of the most reliable electric cars as it doesn't have battery cooling so is even simpler than most. I've a 2018 leaf and done 100k kms and the only issue was a small ticking in the internal fan when on low speed - most people wouldn't of noticed but in fairness to Nissan they replaced under warranty without any drama. Other than that its been absolutely perfect - in fact checked my brake pads because I thought they would need changing even for an ev shortly, only to find they are not even half used!
 
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