Acura CPO Buying Guide

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Acura vehicles that are six years old or less and have less than 80,000 miles are eligible for the Acura Certified Pre-Owned program. This means many Acura models on our site may be available as a CPO, although any remaining 2012 models will hitting the six-year mark soon.

Inspection Process

According to Acura, every one of its CPO vehicles is required to pass a “rigorously comprehensive” 182-point inspection. All vehicles must be well-maintained and then reconditioned by a certified Acura technician.

The vehicles undergo a check of nearly every mechanical system to meet precise specifications. The interior and exterior appearance of each Acura is checked for exacting fit and finish. Also, a trained technician researches every car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to make sure any outstanding issues, such as recalls, have been resolved.

CPO Acura buyers will find a complete set of all vehicle manuals and pertinent documentation in the glovebox upon deliver. This includes the owner's manual, the new car warranty manual, a CPO warranty booklet, a vehicle history report, the completed 182-point-inspection checklist, the radio security code, the navigation code, and a maintenance journal.

Warranty

All Acura CPO vehicles come with an extended Certified Limited Warranty, which covers non-powertrain systems and components. This warranty extends the vehicle’s original four-year/50,000-mile warranty by an additional year or 12,000-miles. Additionally, all Acura CPO cars come with an extended powertrain warranty of seven years or 100,000 miles from the date the car was originally sold as new.

Acura will repair or replace any covered part that stops working properly under normal use. Until the certified warranty expires, the repairs and replacements are free of charge with no deductible.

At the time of purchase or lease, every Acura CPO vehicle is also eligible for one of two Acura Care Extended Warranties. One warranty upgrades the non-powertrain coverage for seven years or 100,000 miles from the time the car was originally sold as new. The other warranty option increases the non-powertrain coverage and adds powertrain coverage for eight years or 120,000 miles.

Both regular Acura CPO warranties and Acura Care warranties are transferrable to subsequent buyers.

Extras

Acura includes a wealth of extras during the one-year/12,000-mile Certified Limited Warranty period. You will get 24-hour roadside assistance with emergency towing services, emergency lockout service, and emergency fuel delivery.

Also included are computerized trip-routing map services, Acura Concierge service, trip-interruption benefits, rental reimbursement benefits, and a 24-hour Acura dealer locator. The Acura Concierge service provides emergency alerts, emergency airline ticket assistance, emergency service notification, insurance claims assistance, 24-hour weather information, glass replacement referrals, and shipment of personal items like eyeglasses.

Additionally, you can register for free membership to Acura Owners, which is the automaker’s official online resource for records, reminders, advice, parts and service, and special offers.

How Does It Compare to Rivals?

Acura’s 182-point inspection process covers more points than most of its luxury competitors’ programs. Lexus only hits 161 points, Infiniti inspects 167 points, and Cadillac’s checklist includes 172 points.

Not all CPO programs offer so many helpful services – like trip-interruption protection – or the benefits of a concierge service. Other programs also require a deductible for repairs and replacements. Audi charges $85 and BMW’s deductible is $50.

How to Buy an Acura CPO Vehicle?

Most franchised Acura dealers have certified pre-owned vehicles on hand. To save time and frustration, you can search U.S. News' certified pre-owned car listings to find Acura CPO vehicles at dealerships near you. You can also check out the latest CPO discounts and deals.