What makes a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle (CPO)?
The Smart Choice!
There are countless reasons why a certified used car makes for a better buy than just any used car.
For starters, certified used cars…
- Have been vigorously inspected, so they offer the peace of mind of a new car without the hefty price tag.
- Strike a balance between high-priced new cars and unreliable used cars.
- Hold their value longer; they won’t lose 20-40% of their value once you drive them off the lot – like a new car will.
- Backed by an extended warranty.
- Come with the CARFAX or Autocheck history report.
Questions and Answers
Q: Where can I take my certified pre owned (CPO) car for general service and emergency repairs? A: If a car has been certified by its manufacturer/factory, it can be serviced at any like-branded dealership service center in the country. If the car was certified by a dealership or independent program, it will most likely have to be taken to the dealership it was purchased from for service.
Q: How long will my certified pre owned (CPO) car’s warranty last? A: Pre-owned vehicle warranties vary from one manufacturer/dealer to another. Generally, the warranty will extend a pre-determined number of miles or amount of time, whichever comes first (100,000 miles or 6 years from date of pre-owned sale, for example).
Q: What features and benefits are included in my certified pre owned (CPO) warranty? A: As with other aspects of certified used car programs, the features of each warranty differ from one provider to another. Manufacturer certified pre owned cars include a multipoint inspection and repair process (usually with 150+ inspection points); often a roadside assistance program and special financing are included as well.
Q: Used cars or certified pre owned (CPO) cars, what’s the difference?
A: Certified used cars are generally late-model cars (6 model years old or newer) that have under 80,000 original miles). Also, they have been certified using a rigorous, multi-point external and internal inspection process and following stringent guidelines. A regular used car, although cheaper, may come with a variety of undetected problems that will surface sometime after your purchase.
By choosing a certified used car, you get a quality, late-model car at a substantial discount. Most importantly, though, you get the peace of mind that comes from an extensive inspection and repair process and an extended warranty program.