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If buying a new car off the dealer lot isn’t in your budget, consider purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle from a Nissan dealership. These used vehicles come with a stamp of approval after close inspection, plus a warranty you won’t usually find when purchasing off another type of lot, via an individual sale, or online.

To obtain certified pre-owned status from Nissan, the manufacturer’s trucks, SUVs, and cars must meet a number of criteria. Nissan requires all certified pre-owned vehicles be less than six years old from the original in-service date and have fewer than 80,000 miles. The vehicles must also have a clean, nonbranded title and pass an inspection.

Each certified pre-owned inspection covers 167 points, including:

  • Ensuring all recalls have been addressed
  • Checking for any hose or fluid leaks
  • Assessing the vehicle’s engine performance
  • Scrutinizing seven different elements of the fuel system
  • Measuring the strength of the battery
  • Testing the key fob
  • Reviewing the functions of the hybrid system
  • Analyzing the transmission and braking systems.

Inspections also include a thorough body-frame assessment to look for damage, repairs, abnormal wear and tear, and rust. The technician will assess whether or not the Nissan vehicle has ever been in a flood by checking the trunk, underneath the floor mats, and beneath the dashboard. Each inspection requires the signature of two dealership staff members, the technician who completed the inspection, and the manager who oversaw it.

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After passing inspection, the now certified pre-owned Nissan car, truck, or SUV hits the dealership lot. Potential buyers are then able to view a Carfax Vehicle History Report. In addition to any warranties that Nissan puts on their pre-owned cars, Carfax gives buyers of Nissan certified used cars a three-year Carfax Buyback Guarantee.

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To give a buyer peace of mind when investing in a used car, Nissan gives every certified pre-owned car, truck, or SUV the same benefits package, including: a seven-year/100,000-mile limited warranty, 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, car rental reimbursement and towing benefits, genuine Nissan parts, a Carfax Vehicle History Report, satellite radio with a three-month trial subscription, and an optional Security+Plus Extended Protection Plan.

Like many other roadside-assistance programs, Nissan’s certified pre-owned vehicle benefit includes emergency roadside assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with a flat tire, dead battery, or lockout during the seven-year/100,000-mile limited warranty. Towing assistance includes up to $100 toward towing. If necessary, Nissan will tow your vehicle to the closest dealership within 250 miles. If you need to rent a vehicle while your certified pre-owned car is being repaired, Nissan will reimburse you up to $35 per day for up to five days.

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If a covered mechanical part in your Nissan vehicle breaks down while you’re on the road away from home, the automaker will pay for up to $500 for meals, lodging, and alternate transportation. 

Want more peace of mind? Nissan offers the optional Security+Plus Extended Protection Plan that covers an additional 1,300 vehicle components, bringing the total components covered under Nissan’s certified pre-owned program to more than 1,900. Exclusive to this plan is coverage for electrical, audio, video, navigation, suspension, steering, climate control, and brakes. The plan can be purchased to cover eight years/120,000 miles, a one-year/20,000-mile bump up from the standard warranty. And you won’t have a deductible for any covered repair.

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Unlike what some brands offer, Nissan’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty is transferrable to one subsequent private owner as part of a private-party-to-private-party sale during the warranty’s duration. This warranty transfer is a sale aspect you’d want to highlight to entice used-car buyers browsing sites like Autotrader and Craigslist.

It’s not just Nissan’s gasoline-powered vehicles that are covered by the certified pre-owned program. Buyers can also get the all-electric Nissan Leaf. (But keep in mind, used electric vehicle sales usually do not qualify for government incentives or rebates.)

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Nissan’s website also helps buyers find certified pre-owned vehicles. By inputting your zip code and selecting a model from the pull-down menu, you can view the inventory of vehicles within a reasonable distance from your home or place of work. Try additional zip codes if you are willing to travel to get the vehicle you want at the best price.

Viewing Nissan’s certified pre-owned vehicles on its website allows potential buyers to check out the latest deals and offers on new and pre-owned vehicles. Often, the manufacturer will also post financing deals and incentives.