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 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 depend on the certification. Some programs dictate that the vehicle must be taken to the dealership it was purchased, whereas other programs allow for the vehicle to repaired by any ASE-trained technician, including at franchised dealerships.
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 the original 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 multi-point 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 follow strict guidelines. A regular used car, although
cheaper, may come with a variety of undetected problems that will surface sometime after your
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.