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  •  Once. Not twice. (3+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, praying manatheist, elwior

    When you reach 200K miles, if that's as long as you intended to keep the car anyway, then you don't need to change the batteries. (Or, you change them and go for another 100K miles.)

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:01:46 PM PST

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    •  At 12K per year it will take over 16 years (2+ / 0-)
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      Argyrios, MPociask

      to travel 200K miles. And even if you sell the car, the new owner will discount the price based on having to buy a new set of batteries immediately. But I get your point, you could just throw away the car at that point and save the second 8-12K on the new batteries.

      The point is to include costs, not just benefits if you're trying to calculate or compare economic value. If you're just trying to sell, it's apparently not so important...

      We were not ahead of our time, we led the way to our time.

      by i understand on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:07:10 PM PST

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      •  Since no one was factoring resale value (3+ / 0-)
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        Quicklund, happymisanthropy, NYFM

        into the projected costs, it's fair to make the comparisons assuming that resale value = $0.

        Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

        by Nowhere Man on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:22:06 PM PST

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        •  But, as I said, it takes more then 16 years (0+ / 0-)

          to reach the 200k mark. So you need to buy the new batteries anyway (8 years comes first). Of course, I doubt the batteries would need replacing right when the warranty expires so there's that... :)

          We were not ahead of our time, we led the way to our time.

          by i understand on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 09:31:08 PM PST

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