When shopping for a vehicle, most people seek out new or used cars. However, certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles provide a middle ground between the two options. They come with fewer miles and extended warranties that are approved by their manufacturer. If you’re in the market for a car, knowing how CPOs receive their status can make your buying decision easier.
A Guide to Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
What Cars Are Qualified to Become a CPO?
Car dealerships follow regulations set by the vehicle’s manufacturer to determine if a used car can become a CPO. A factory-certified mechanic gives each car a detailed inspection to ensure quality. They replace worn out parts and repair any damage that's detected.
Time and mileage also play a factor in the certification process. While the mechanic might find the car in excellent condition during the inspection, it may not qualify as a certified pre-owned vehicle. The car’s manufacturer accounts not only for the state of the car but also its age and mileage.
While each automaker has different guidelines, most CPOs are no more than seven-years-old and have a maximum of 80,000 miles.
How Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Different From Used Cars?
Every certified pre-owned car is a used car, but not every used car is certified pre-owned. While they go through the same process, CPOs offer different features.
Certified pre-owned vehicles have their factory warranties extended. They’re also given a limited bumper-to-bumper warranty, which covers repairs. This amenity is usually provided only for new cars. While used cars are given the same in-depth inspection and repairs, the buyer pays for the inspection rather than the dealer or manufacturer. In some cases, the buyer also pays for the repairs.
CPOs also have perks that new and used cars don’t have. The perks depend on the manufacturer. They might include 24-hour roadside service, free or reduced-price oil changes, or a free trial subscription for satellite radio.
Since 1941, Swant Graber Motors has provided Barron, WI, with new, certified pre-owned, and used cars. Their vast selection includes reliable brands like Dodge®, Ford®, and Chevy®. With winter settling in, they also offer trucks and SUVs for those traveling through ice and snow. To speak to one of their knowledgeable representatives, reach out to them at (715) 537-5657. For more information on their services, including vehicle maintenance and onsite financing options, visit their website. Check out their Facebook page for their Friday giveaways.