COSTA MESA – Most car buyers have anxiety before they make a purchase. Is it the best deal? A set of wheels with good resale value?
In Costa Mesa this weekend, a group of buyers and a new car dealer have a whole new set of concerns.
As they await the arrival of the Nissan Leaf, the nation's first affordable, mass-produced all-electric vehicle, buyers ponder its obsolescence. And for at least one dealer, it's the uncertainty that comes with selling and servicing a new technology.
"It's a little uneasy, but I'm excited," said Mark Ranauro, general manager of Connell Nissan, one of the first dealers in the Southland to sell the Leaf. "When you're moving in the right direction, good things happen."
The Nissan Leaf relies strictly on batteries, and unlike hybrids it has no tailpipe or emissions. It's a complete departure from the internal combustion vehicles that fill most of the Connell lot on Harbor Boulevard.