I have just spent the last 3 days test driving the Nissan Leaf, taking advantage of their extended test drive offer. I really like the car, I drove it from home in Milton Keynes to Tamworth to visit my parents and then from Tamworth to Chelmsford to see if I can cope with having to stop at motorway services to charge it up. Luckily in MK there is quite a few places to charge the car as well as some good incentives (free car parking for electric cars in town and train station - which currently costs me £2.50 a day). The question is - do I get it brand new (which with a £5k deposit works out to be £260 a month on a 3 year PCP with an optional baloon payment of circa £10k should i wish to keep it. The dealer (Glyn Hopkin) was actually quite good and not too pushy. I returned the Leaf just before they closed the shop so he could only go through the brand new options with me, but said a 16 reg they have in the garage is £14k, which I think is about £5k cheaper than the brand new one.
I guess I am asking for some advice as I have always bought a second hand car in the past and paid for them outright, but I am not sure it is worth getting a PCP, paying £260 a month and never actually own it? I am set on a 30kw one due to the range available and the salesman said they only been making them since early this year (anyone can confirm this?) so £14k is the cheapest available... Thoughts?