My six month lease extension is up in a couple weeks and my residual is high, so I'm in the market to buy a 2016 +, maybe with Fun & Sun, just for, well, fun.
Trouble is, I don't have an Android phone, so I'm having to guess the SoH of cars I see advertised. Almost all ads have photos of the console and show the GOM and the range bars. I've calculated, via driving, SoC% for each bar. So, for example, one well-priced, non-dealer car has 22 miles at 38-43% SoC. My math says that means a range of 51-58 miles. That would make the car eligible for a battery replacement.
Or would it?
It could be that the previous owner drove it really hard with the AC on all the time, right? I can look at the driving history. If it shows 4+ miles per kWh, then it definitely seems to need a new battery. If it's 2.5 miles per kWh, then maybe not.
Is there anything else I should do to learn more? I mean, I could drive it to a Kia dealer and ask for a SoH. I'm in Los Angeles and wonder if any dealer would be nice enough to do that for me (without charging me $100). Now that I've written that, I'm thinking that perhaps this is a strong argument to buy one from a dealer, since surely they'll do a SoH to sell the car.
I'd love to hear any advice from everyone.