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2017 Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs

If you’re shopping for a used car, a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle is one choice to consider. CPOs represent used cars that are backed by the manufacturer, and are typically just a few years old with low miles. You might consider certified pre-owned cars as the low-cost alternative to a new car, or as a low-risk option to a used car.

CPO Basics

There are no industry standards in place for certified pre-owned programs, so some caution should be exercised when shopping for a vehicle. These cars are sold by new car dealers and typically represent used cars that have the manufacturer standing behind them.

CPO cars, trucks and SUVs go through an inspection per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Most CPOs also include some type of an extended warranty that goes beyond the typical 90-day/4,000-mile guarantee of the standard used car. Still, it is important for consumers to understand what that coverage represents, including your cost out of pocket and possible exclusions. In some cases, your vehicle might qualify for the balance of the warranties that came with it when the car was new. Ask the salesperson to explain what is included.

At CARFAX, we work with numerous brands that include a CARFAX Vehicle History Report as part of the certification process. These brands also report that information to us whenever they certify a used car. You’ll find a great selection of CPO vehicles with CARFAX Used Car Listings.

CPO Programs

What CPO programs are available to you? We’ve compiled a list based on what each manufacturer currently provides.

Acura
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer and less than 80,000 miles
182-point inspection

Warranty information:
CPO powertrain: extends the coverage to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date.
One-year/12,000-mile limited warranty following expiration of new-car warranty.

Roadside assistance; trip interruption benefits; complimentary 3-month trial of SiriusXM Radio
No deductible, transferrable; three-day exchange only

Audi
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer and less than 60,000 miles; Serviced by Audi within the past four months or 4,000 miles
Inspection exceeds 300 points

Warranty information:
Balance of new-car limited warranty
Additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty after original warranty expires
Roadside assistance

$85 warranty deductible; $150 warranty transfer fee to new owner

BMW
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
Full inspection provided

Warranty information:
Three warranty programs

$50 warranty deductible; fully transferable with $200 fee

Buick
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
172-point inspection and reconditioning

Warranty information:
Six-year/100,000-mile warranty from original in-service date
One-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
Two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan
Roadside assistance

No deductible; no transfer fee

Cadillac
Eligible vehicles: Five years from original in-service date and with less than 60,000 miles
172-point inspection

Warranty information:
Six-year/70,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty from original in-service date
Three months of OnStar and SiriusXM Radio
Roadside assistance with courtesy transportation

No warranty deductible; no transfer fee

Chevrolet
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
172-point inspection and reconditioning

Warranty information:
Six-year/100,000-mile warranty from original in-service date
One-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
Two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan
Roadside assistance

No deductible; no transfer fee

Chrysler
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
125-point inspection

Warranty information:
Powertrain warranty for up to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date, depending on the model year
Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care warranty from sale date
Upgraded warranty available

$100 deductible; $150 warranty transfer fee

Dodge
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
125-point inspection

Warranty information:
Powertrain warranty for up to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date, depending on the model year
Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care warranty from sale date
Upgraded warranty available

$100 deductible; $150 warranty transfer fee

Fiat
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
125-point inspection

Warranty information:
Powertrain warranty for up to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date, depending on the model year
Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care warranty from sale date
Upgraded warranty available

$100 deductible; $150 warranty transfer fee

Ford
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer and with less than 80,000 miles
172-point inspection

Warranty information:
Seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date
One-year/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty
Seven-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance from original in-service date
Free CARFAX Vehicle History Report and covered by CARFAX Buyback Guarantee

$100 deductible; fully transferable warranty at no cost.

GMC
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
172-point inspection and reconditioning

Warranty information:
Six-year/100,000-mile warranty from original in-service date
One-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
Two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan
Roadside assistance

No deductible; no transfer fee

Honda
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 80,000 miles
182-point inspection

Warranty information:
CPO program extends powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles
One-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the new-car limited warranty expires

Three-month trial of SiriusXM radio
No deductible; no transfer fee

Hyundai
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles; Must pass CARFAX Vehicle History Report
150-point inspection (extended inspection with Equus and Sonata Hybrid models).

Warranty information:
Balance of five-year/60,000-mile new car limited warranty
Powertrain warranty for 10 years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date
Ten years of roadside assistance with unlimited miles; travel interruption and rental car reimbursement for covered repairs.

Three-month SiriusXM Radio trial
$50 deductible; no transfer fee

Infiniti
Eligible vehicles: Less than six years from original in-service date with less than 70,000 miles; Clean title and vehicle history
167-point inspection

Warranty information:
Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles get a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from their original in-service date
Vehicles with more than 15,000 miles that are less than four years old get six-year/unlimited mileage warranty from original in service date
Vehicles with more than 15,000 miles that are more than four years from their original in-service date get a two-year/unlimited mileage warranty that starts on the CPO sale date

No deductible; $50 transfer fee

Jaguar
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
165-point inspection

Warranty information:
Up to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date.
Two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty
Roadside assistance, trip interruption and rental car benefits

No deductible; no transfer fee

Kia
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
150-point inspection

Warranty information:
Balance of 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty plus one-year/12,000-mile Platinum mechanical coverage
Factory 10-year/100,000-mile warranty (non-transferable)
Roadside assistance, rental car allowance and travel breakdown coverage

$50 deductible; $40 transfer fee

Land Rover
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
165-point inspection

Warranty information:
Up to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date
Two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty after new-car warranty expires
24-hour roadside assistance, trip interruption and rental car benefits

No deductible; no transfer fee

Lexus
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer
161-point inspection

Warranty information:
Unlimited mileage vehicle warranty for up to six years
24-hour roadside assistance, trip interruption coverage, loaner vehicle

No deductible; Non-transferable

Lincoln
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
200-point inspection

Warranty information:
Six-year/100,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty from the original in-service date
Complimentary roadside assistance and rental car reimbursement
Free CARFAX Vehicle History Report and covered by the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee

$100 deductible; no transfer fee

Mazda
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 80,000 miles
160-point inspection

Warranty information:
Seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date
One-year/12,000-mile additional limited warranty that starts once the new-car warranty ends or from the CPO purchase date
24-hour roadside assistance plan

No deductible; no transfer fee

Mercedes-Benz
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
Rigorous inspection process

Warranty information:
Remainder of new car limited warranty; five-year/unlimited mileage CPO warranty from original in-service date
Three-month free trial for Mercedes-Benz mbrace connected services
Roadside assistance; three-month SiriusXM Radio trial

No deductible; no transfer fee

Mini
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
Mini Next vehicle inspection checklist followed

Warranty information:
Up to a two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty after the new-car warranty expires
Up to six years of roadside assistance with unlimited miles

$50 deductible; $200 transfer fee

Mitsubishi
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 60,000 miles
123-point inspection

Warranty information:
Powertrain coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date

No deductible; $40 transfer fee

Nissan
Eligible vehicles: Six model years or newer with less than 80,000 miles; Clean title history
167-point inspection

Warranty Information:
Powertrain warranty and roadside assistance: Seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date

Three-year CARFAX Buyback Guarantee and free three-month SiriusXM Radio trial
$50 deductible; $50 transfer fee

Porsche
Eligible vehicles: Eight model years or newer with less than 100,000 miles
Inspection exceeds 111 points

Warranty information:
Six-year/100,000-mile warranty from original in-service date (if the vehicle is still under its new-car warranty)
Two-year/50,000-mile warranty for vehicles no longer under the new-car warranty (with a limit of 100,000 miles)

No deductible; no transfer fee

Ram
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
125-point inspection

Warranty information:
Powertrain warranty for up to seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date, depending on the model year
Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care warranty from sale date
Upgraded warranty available

$100 deductible; $150 warranty transfer fee

Subaru
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 80,000 miles; Clean CARFAX report
152-point inspection

Warranty information:
Powertrain warranty: 7 years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date

Three-month free trial of SiriusXM Radio
No deductible; $35 transfer fee

Toyota
Eligible vehicles: Seven model years or newer with less than 85,000 miles; Clean CARFAX history
160-point inspection; 174-point inspection for hybrid models

Warranty information:
Powertrain warranty: 7 years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date
Comprehensive warranty coverage for one year or 12,000 miles
One-year roadside assistance with unlimited miles

No deductible; no transfer fee

Volkswagen
Eligible vehicles: Seven model years or newer with less than 75,000 miles
112-point inspection

Warranty information:
Two-year/24,000-mile comprehensive warranty added to the remaining factory warranty (or from the date of sale if no warranty remains)

Three-month free trial of SiriusXM Radio
Two-year roadside assistance
$50 deductible; no transfer fee

Volvo
Eligible vehicles: Five model years or newer with less than 80,000 miles
Inspection exceeds 130 points

Warranty information:
Seven years or 100,000 miles from original in-service date
Three years or 50,000 miles comprehensive after new-car warranty expires

Three-month free trial of SiriusXM Radio
Roadside assistance
No deductible; no transfer fee

Your Personal Inspection

Whether your desired used car is certified or not, it is important to perform an inspection on your own. Keep in mind the following points to ensure your purchase satisfaction.

First, only buy from a reputable dealer such as a new car dealership. Second, obtain maintenance and repair information. Third, get a CARFAX Vehicle History Report and examine it closely. Accidents or other problems will be listed on that report. Fourth, find an independent mechanic check the car for damage and excessive wear and tear. Fifth, take a test drive.

Remember, you should only make a deal if you are completely satisfied with the vehicle.

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