Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Nissan Leaf hatchback?
Identifying a 24kWh Leaf from a 30kWh one can be tricky (they produced both in unison for a while to keep the basic price low). However, the 30kWh car is heavier than the 24kWh car, so check the sticker on the B pillar of the car when you open the driver's door. A 24kWh car will be rated at 1945kg, while the 30kWh car is 1970kg. If in doubt, speak to your Nissan dealer.
Also, all Leafs produced after the 2013 model year alterations (apart from entry-level Visia models) come with a more energy-efficient heat pump that uses less electricity to warm the interior and therefore increase the car's range in winter months. Examples built before this date that don't have a heat pump have been found to cover only 45 miles on a full charge in particularly chilly, snowy conditions.
Battery packs are covered by a five-year warranty from new, but so far reports suggest they should last much longer than that. The cost of replacing a pack averages around £5000 at present. If you're leasing the battery, it can cost from £70 per month over a 7500 mile per year contract, to £129 for a 15,000 per annum policy. One upside if leasing you battery is that it'll be replaced if it falls below 75% efficiency. Leasing will mean being tied into a contract, though, and your annual mileage may be restricted.