After reading and talking to more people about 2011/12, I'm going to get a 2013 instead. It's winter and i need close to full battery life. if i get a 2011 with 9 bars for example, i'll have to live with it through the winter and probably well into the summer before getting a replacement battery, and even that is somewhat risky.
So instead of spending $10-$11k for a low mileage 2011, I'm going for a $15k low mileage 2013.
I'm seeing a bunch of 20k mileage 2013's certified for about $15k. There is a non certified for about the same price, and local to me instead of needing to be shipped. The one far away is also available with 0% financing, which would save about $2000 over the life of the loan. So I'm leaning towards that, but the local one is black with black interior, and tinted windows, and looks nicer than the silver/black one far away.
So, same year, same mileage, same SL trim level.
Local looks nicer in pics (haven't seen yet, i'm out of town); has tinted windows, and would have to be financed through my bank at about 4% APR. Used car lot.
Far away is at a Nissan dealer and CPO, has to be shipped, can't see in person.
They are both the same build date, may/june 2013.
I have read that there is little value in CPO for Leaf. Any thoughts on this comparison?