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I'm looking to buy my first EV in the next couple of weeks, and a 2015 Leaf Tekna has popped up for sale locally.
Though any and all tips would be appreciated, I have some questions:
1) What do I need to look out for when viewing?
2) Are 2015 models known for any common issues which were ironed out in later years?
3) With the battery out of warranty, would I be taking a big risk/are the batteries known to fail?
4) Are there specialist insurers/warranty providers who would cover the cost should something go wrong with the batteries?
5) Do any leafs come with battery leases, and if so how do I know whether the battery is owned or leased without relying on the word of the dealer?

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Lee.
 

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Yes, some earlier Leafs were on the Flex battery lease scheme. Usually, when I see a Leaf that is too cheap it turns out to be Flex unless accident damaged etc. Other than that, pretty bomb-proof as cars go but try to get a Leaf Spy readout before committing.
 

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Thanks for the reply. The one I've seen isn't particularly cheap when compared to others for sale, so can I assume it's battery owned or should I still check this somehow?
 

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If you know the license plate just run it through a car checker. I generally just type the plate into the TFL congestion charge payments site. It will tell you the vehicle name as is listed on the V5. As posted above me, its the word 'flex' on the end that you're looking for there. In which case it's a battery lease unless the seller can specifically provide paperwork to say they paid it off and transferred ownership of the battery.
 

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I'm in the UK so I'm not sure if where I'd enter the registration plate. Entering it on the government MOT check website the word flex doesn't come up. Nor does the word flex appear when I get an insurance quote and there is no mention of flex anywhere in the listing title or description. I will ask to check the title on the V5 to double check. Thanks.
 

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I'm in the UK so I'm not sure if where I'd enter the registration plate. Entering it on the government MOT check website the word flex doesn't come up. Nor does the word flex appear when I get an insurance quote and there is no mention of flex anywhere in the listing title or description. I will ask to check the title on the V5 to double check. Thanks.
Put the reg into a free car checker such as:


eg YE15FKS (found it from a search on Autotrader) comes back as Flex.
 

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1 - I’d undertake the usual car checks, but also try a search and looking through some of the threads on here, eg Looking at a used leaf tomorrow...

2 - No, they’re all pretty solid, in 2015 they had been in production a while!

3 - No, haven’t read about many battery issues here in the UK.

4 - Not that I’ve seen. Of course there are general car warranties (inc EV) but they may not cover the battery.

5 - see earlier posts.

I’d suggest getting an OBD dongle and Leafspy to check out the battery on any prospective cars. (search this site for info).

In the unlikely event there were battery issues down the line there are specialists that could hopefully help eg HEVRA- Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Repair Alliance
 
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