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A hand signs a paper, presumably a warranty transfer form.

Is the Nissan CPO warranty transferable?

When it comes to getting a car, many opt to buy used these days in the interest of saving some cash. A very-appealing option that weds the benefits of buying used and buying new into one delectable whole is the concept of “Certified Pre-Owned,” or “CPO,” vehicles.

One of the special benefits wrought by CPO is the automaker-provided warranty coverage that comes on the used ride. We’ve written elsewhere about the coverage that Nissan provides for CPO, and rest assured, it’s pretty swell. But many people still ask us: can the CPO warranty from Nissan be transferred to another buyer? Continue reading

A silver 2019 Nissan Leaf charges up in a garage.

How many moving parts does an electric car have?

One of the selling points of electric vehicles is simplicity. With fewer moving parts and “ingredients,” there’s less that can go wrong, and correspondingly less maintenance that should be required. But how many fewer moving parts are there? How many moving parts does an electric vehicle have?

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Moving Engine Parts in Electric Vehicles

If one is only focusing on the drivetrain of the vehicle, an electric car has only one moving part: the motor. A gasoline-powered ride, on the other hand, has hundreds of moving parts. The electric motor itself has just one moving part: the shaft. Other electronic powertrain elements, such as the controller and charger, have no moving parts.

Some 4-wheel drive electric vehicles do use a two-motor design, wherein one motor is responsible in each pair of wheels. So in this case, the total moving engine parts would be two.


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Total Moving Parts in an Electric Vehicle

However, if we want to get into detail about moving parts, we can go beyond the engine to elements like the reducer gearbox, differentials, bearings, spacers, braking system and wheels. Electric vehicles also require liquid cooling systems, which include pumps, valves, and so forth. If we take all these moving parts into account, the worst-case scenario ballpark estimated totals would be:

  • 80 – 90 moving parts in a single motor (2WD) electric vehicle
  • 90 – 100 moving parts in a double motor (4WD) electric vehicle

This is in contrast, however, to the several hundreds of moving parts found on ICE vehicles. And high-performance motors can have over 1,000. So electric cars still come out well ahead in terms of mechanical simplicity.

What is the benefit of fewer moving parts in a vehicle?

Having fewer moving parts in a vehicle means that there is less that can go wrong with it, resulting in greater reliability and fewer maintenance appointments. Gas-powered vehicles are loaded with gizmos whirring, spinning and pumping, which means that there are a lot of factors that can go wrong. This results in an endless carousel of oil changes, filter replacements, periodic tune-ups and exhaust system repairs. And on top of that, you have to get the occasional water pump, fuel pump, and alternator maintenance.

Benefits of a Certified Pre-Owned Nissan

 

Ever wonder what the difference is between a pre-owned vehicle and a certified pre-owned vehicle? You see the sign advertising that the car you’re looking at is “certified pre owned” but what does that actually mean? Is it worth the extra cost? The short answer is yes but let’s explore why.

 

First off a certified pre owned car is a vehicle that has been through an intense and deliberate inspection by a Nissan trained technician. This is to ensure that any problems with the car are fixed BEFORE it goes on the market. Any recalls, manufacture flaws or other problems will be addressed and fixed before the car leaves the lot. So when purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle you are assured that the car has been properly inspected and maintained to fit today’s top safety standards.  Furthermore in order for a vehicle to met Nissans certified pre owned standards the car must be less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.

 

Second, when purchasing a certified pre-owned car you are instantly purchasing a vehicle with some much needed add ons. For example if you purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle Nissan extends the original warranty to a total of seven years (from initial in service date) or 100,000 miles. A Certified Pre Owned Nissan also comes with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report so you know everything about your cars former life. Not certified pre-owned cars will typically carry out the original warranty that came with the vehicle but those are often expired by the time the car has been resold and it’s very difficult to find a pre owned car with a thorough report on its history.

 

So is it worth it to purchase a certified pre-owned Nissan? Yes! Though vehicles made by Nissan are meant to be reliable and last longer than ever, having an extended warranty as well as a detailed history report is well worth the minimal additional cost. The multi point inspection a certified pre-owned vehicle goes through also insures that there will be no immediate problems with the car and will put your mind at ease for a long time to come.

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