Used Nissan LEAFs Now Available as Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle With Full Warranty

By · September 16, 2013

2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan announced last week that it is adding the all-electric LEAF to its Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program. Beginning in September, CPO LEAF's will be available backed by a robust Nissan's warranty.

Warranty coverage includes the existing 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty coverage against defects; 5 year/60,000 mile coverage for battery capacity loss; and EV system and powertrain warranty coverage of seven years or 100,000 miles. The battery capacity loss coverage triggers if capacity falls below nine bars on the dashboard gauge. The length of each of these warranties comes with an asterisk explaining "whichever comes first."

Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing for Nissan said, "As more Nissan LEAF vehicles enter the used car market, we know it's important for Nissan to provide the second owners the same confidence in the car that the original owner enjoyed. Adding LEAF to the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program is a natural next step to strengthen the position of LEAF as the world's number one all-electric car for the mass market."

Vehicles in the CPO program receive a "comprehensive quality assurance vehicle inspection," if only so that Nissan is confident about each used vehicle that it warranties. All cars in the CPO LEAF program will have fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer; less than 5 years from manufacturing date; a clear CARFAX history; more than nine bars of battery pack capacity; and a clean bill of health in a 167-point vehicle inspection.

Buyers also get a complete CARFAX Vehicle History Report along with a 90-day CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. In addition, buyers get 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, a free three-month Sirius-XM Satellite Radio subscription, car rental reimbursement, covering times when the car is being repaired under warranty, and "trip interruption coverage," for any time the car breaks down while on a trip.

This doesn't change the trade-in process for existing LEAFowners. Owners might want to trade up from a 2011 to 2013 LEAF—because the 2013 model addressed many minor annoyances—still visit a dealer to negotiate a deal.

Nissan is offering a special finance package as low as 0.9% interest for 36 months on Certified Pre-Owned LEAFs.

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