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What it Means to buy a ‘Certified’ Car

January 8, 2015 / 

You might have heard friends or family talking about Certified Pre-Owned vehicles (also called CPO) and the benefits associated with them. It is terminology used quite often in the car market. If you are unsure about CPO cars or if they might be the answer for you, read some of the most frequently asked questions about this very popular category of vehicles.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned car?

A CPO is a certification of assurance on a late-model used car has been inspected thoroughly by the manufacturer. It is a proof that despite being used, the car is equipped with all the required and desired features a buyer would want.

How is a CPO different from other used cars?

As mentioned above, a CPO car is a previously owned, or used car. But unlike any used vehicle for sale, a CPO car comes with verification that it has been inspected and approved by the manufacturers; to be free of all the flaws that used cars can have. It provides an extra layer of protection and confidence for the buyer.

Who certifies a CPO car?

When it comes to who is certifying, the manufacturer issues this. However, the dealership’s certified repair team completes the service work and inspection. Once the vehicle meets all the CPO’s qualification and criteria, then and only then, it is called ‘certified’.

What are the benefits of buying a CPO car?

Certified Pre-Owned vehicles typically cost a few dollars more than non-certified ones. It makes sense, as there are several advantages that come with this distinction. Following are the perks of buying such a car:

  • A used car in the best possible condition is definitely a better choice; as it needs no or little repairing.
  • If you can’t afford the new car of your dreams, you can buy a CPO car; as it’s going to cost you less than a new one, with official validation from the company.
  • CPO cars come with an extended warranty, covering some of the major engine as well as transmission components. Some companies also provide roadside assistance; oil change services, bumper-to-bumper warranty, and other amenities, too.
  • Lastly, trading in or re-selling a CPO vehicle can get you a better return than a non-certified one.

For more on CPO cars and selection at our dealership, please ask us.