The basics of a certified used car

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Certified pre-owned or certified used vehicles can be a great deal, if you do your research. Image: Flickr / dno1967b / CC-BY-SA

The sales of used cars have been increasing, and for good reason. One option many used car buyers have are Certified Used vehicles; knowing the standards and setup of the certification programs can help you make a more informed choice.

The meaning of Certified

There are multiple different “certified” programs that may certify a used or pre-owned vehicle. Most vehicle manufacturers have their own certification program, as do many large dealerships.

    • Most “certified used” programs include a full mechanical check before the vehicle is sold.
    • A “certified pre-owned” vehicle is normally checked over and warrantied to at least some point by the maker.

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  • “Factory certified” is generally a vehicle sent back to the dealership and completely refurbished before being sold.

Know the criteria

Every certification program for used vehicles has different set of criteria. Before you take the jump into a certified used vehicle, research what kind of criteria a vehicle has to meet before it is considered certified of any kind. No matter what kind of certification is attached to a vehicle, if it is used, then a used car history report should be an important step in shopping for a vehicle.

Pay attention to warranty

One of the biggest reasons to purchase a certified pre-owned or used vehicle, usually, is that the vehicle comes with an additional warranty from the manufacturer or dealer. If you are purchasing a certified used vehicle from the manufacturer, then a warranty is generally included; purchasing the vehicle at a dealership can help ensure the warranty is honored. If you are purchasing a certified vehicle at a used car lot, then you should carefully outline the warranty with the person selling you your vehicle.


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