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Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs

2020 Audi S4 / Photo Credit: Audi

The Best CPO Programs Have Great Warranties & Perks

Buying a used car can save you money compared with buying new, but there’s an element of risk: Your purchase may have problems that you missed while shopping, and you’ll be on the hook to fix them.

That’s why buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) car can make a lot of sense. CPO vehicles are used cars that have been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned by dealers that come with manufacturer-backed warranties. They cost a bit more than the average used car, but it can be worth the extra coin if you want extra peace of mind.

Virtually every major automaker offers a CPO program, but they’re not all the same – they differ on warranty coverage and the perks offered. The 10 programs listed here are the ones that provide the best warranty coverage and the most appealing range of perks.

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How We Ranked These Programs

To rank these programs, we gave a weighted edge to the best warranty offers. Next, we evaluated the perks offered. Top scores were given to those CPO programs that offered:

  • No deductible for repairs covered by the warranty
  • A transferable warranty
  • A free Carfax Vehicle History Report
  • A return period on CPO purchases
  • Free maintenance
  • Free roadside assistance

Finally, we came up with a total overall score for each CPO program. Those programs with the highest overall scores earned a place on our list.

Profiles of Every CPO Program

Every brand’s CPO program, listed alphabetically. Click on the brand to read more about their CPO program.

Acura CPO  |  Audi CPO  |  BMW CPO  |  Buick CPO  |  Cadillac CPO   |  Chevrolet CPO  |  Chrysler CPO  |  Dodge CPO  |  Fiat CPO  |  Ford CPO  |  Genesis CPO  |  GMC CPO  |  Honda CPO  |  Hyundai CPO  |  Infiniti CPO  |  Jaguar CPO  |  Jeep CPO  |  Kia CPO  |  Land Rover CPO  |  Lexus CPO  |  Lincoln CPO  |  Maserati CPO  |  Mazda CPO  |  Mercedes-Benz CPO  |  Mini CPO  |  Mitsubishi CPO  |  Nissan CPO  |  Porsche CPO  |  Ram CPO  |  Subaru CPO  |  Tesla CPO  |  Toyota CPO  |  Volkswagen CPO  |  Volvo CPO

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Top 5 Mainstream CPO Programs

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V / Photo Credit: Honda

 

1. GM (Buick, Chevrolet & GMC)

The CPO programs from Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC provide a return window on CPO purchases: If you’re not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you can exchange it within the first three days or 150 miles for a GM vehicle that fits your needs. They have solid warranty coverage and perks including free maintenance and no deductible on covered repairs.

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2. Honda

The Honda CPO program has good warranty protection, with 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage (meaning engine and transmission). However, it’s the free maintenance that puts this program over the top. There are lots of other appealing perks, including generous roadside assistance, a transferable warranty, and zero deductible on repairs.

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3. Toyota

Toyota’s CPO program has a strong warranty with 7 years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage, plus perks such as a free Carfax Report and zero deductible on repairs.

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4. Mazda

The Mazda CPO program offers an impressive warranty with 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Mazda also provides a long list of perks, such as a free Carfax Report, transferable warranty coverage, and zero deductible on repairs.

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5. Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi’s CPO warranty covers 5 years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain, though it isn’t transferable. Perks include free roadside assistance and a free Carfax report.

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Top 5 Luxury CPO Programs

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC / Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC / Credit: Mercedes-Benz

1. Acura

The Acura CPO program has outstanding warranty coverage: 6 years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 7 years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage. Honda’s luxury division also offers a generous lineup of perks, including zero deductible on repairs and free maintenance.

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2. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes’ certified pre-owned program offers a return period for CPO purchases: If you’re not happy with your purchase, you can exchange it for another Mercedes-Benz model within the first seven days or 500 miles. Mercedes also has solid warranty coverage and perks.

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3. Lexus

Lexus’ L/Certified program provides strong warranty coverage: 6 years/unlimited miles bumper-to-bumper and for the powertrain. Perks include a free Carfax Report and zero deductible on repairs.

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4. Maserati

The Italian luxury carmaker’s CPO warranty covers 6 years/unlimited miles bumper-to-bumper and for the powertrain. Maserati CPO perks include zero deductible on repairs and a free Carfax report.

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5. Infiniti

CPO Infinitis include 6 years/unlimited miles of warranty protection bumper-to-bumper and on the powertrain. Certified pre-owned Infiniti buyers also get free maintenance and generous roadside assistance coverage.

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