We were going to post all sorts of journalistic magic here, but in the end we decided not to.
What changed our minds?
The answer is simple. If you're in the market for a used electric vehicle, more specifically a "Certified Pre-Owned" electric, then the details on warranty coverage, battery capacity guarantees and additional benefits are all that should really matter.
So, without further adieu, we present Nissan's press release on the LEAF entering the automaker's "Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles" program:
Nissan Plugs Electric LEAF Into Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Program
Nissan offers additional confidence for pre-owned LEAF buyers
As demand for electric cars continues to grow among U.S. consumers, Nissan is adding the all-electric LEAF to its Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles program. Beginning in September, Certified Pre-Owned Nissan LEAF vehicles will be backed by the company to provide years of quality and performance at a great value.
In addition to the existing 8-year/100,000 mile* battery warranty coverage protecting against defects in materials and workmanship, and 5 year/60,000 mile* coverage for battery capacity loss below 9 bars of capacity as shown by the vehicle's battery capacity level gauge, Nissan will extend the EV system and powertrain warranty coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles*.
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 No. 1 all-electric car for the mass market."
Other benefits offered with Nissan Certified Pre-Owned vehicles include:
- Comprehensive quality assurance vehicle inspection
- CARFAX® Vehicle History Report with 90-day CARFAX Buyback Guarantee ®
- 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
- A no-cost, three-month subscription to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio
- Car rental reimbursement
- Trip interruption coverage
To qualify for the CPO program, a Nissan LEAF must have less than 60,000 miles, be less than 5 years from its original in-service date, have a clear CARFAX vehicle history report and pass a 167-point comprehensive quality inspection. The vehicle must also have a minimum of 9 bars of battery capacity, out of 12 total, as represented on the vehicle battery capacity level gauge.
At the beginning of the program, Nissan will offer special finance rates as low as 0.9 percent for 36 months on certified pre-owned LEAF vehicles through Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.