If you’ve been anywhere near a car dealership you’ve probably heard the term ‘certified pre-owned’ but you might not know exactly what it means. A certified pre-owned vehicle is a used car that has undergone a multipoint inspection done by the manufacturer or the dealership. The qualifications for certification vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, Ford certified pre-owned vehicles must be less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles. However, a BMW certified pre-own must be in service for at least six months or 6000 miles but have less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Since, qualifications can vary it’s always good to look up the certification qualifications for the manufacturer of the vehicle you are looking at.
So, why buy a certified pre-owned vehicle? There are many benefits to CPO vehicles that makes them more attractive than their traditional used counterparts. Firstly, they are marked down from the price of a new vehicle. Since the vehicles are still used they often have a marginal price reduction. Some CPOs also offer leasing options, if you aren’t looking to buy. CPOs also comes with a manufacturer back warranty, much like new cars. The coverage of the warranty can vary based on mileage and other factors. Once again, it’s always a good idea to read through the warranty to see exactly what they will cover.
Another benefit of buying a CPO vehicle is some of the extra bonuses you get. Depending of the manufacture you could get:
- 24 hour roadside assistance
- Rental car allowances
- Free Three-month trial of SiriusXM radio
- Emergency automatic collision notification
In addition to the bonus services CPO cars tend to have clean interiors, because of the care dealerships take in their vehicles. The LaFontaine Automotive group offers many CPO vehicles at our dealerships including Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen.