Chrysler CPO Buying Guide

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

If you’re looking to get a used Chrysler, but don’t want to worry about it breaking down after you leave the dealership, you may want to look at a certified pre-owned vehicle. A certified pre-owned Chrysler has to go through multiple inspections to make sure it’s as close to new as possible. 

Although a CPO vehicle is likely more expensive than a normal used car, you’ll also be getting a warranty, roadside assistance, and even a car rental allowance. Read ahead to see why getting your hands on a Chrysler CPO vehicle is a great decision.

Which Used Chrysler Vehicles Are Eligible?

Chrysler cars and minivans can be considered for pre-owned certification if they are less than five years old and have less than 75,000 miles on the odometer (to ensure there is time remaining on the original 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty).

Inspection Process

The Chrysler CPO certification process is based on a 125-point inspection. Initial qualifications include the aforementioned age and mileage requirements, as well as a clean title, no frame damage, and no aftermarket accessories or modifications that affect safety, emissions, or operations. Any ownership materials that are missing, such as manuals, are replaced, and a Carfax report is provided. The mechanical standards section of the checklist is the most thorough, and includes a road test with pre- and post-test exams.

If the vehicle performs well up until this point, it gets a full maintenance check with replacement or repair of worn-out parts, interior and exterior appearance examinations, and a full detailing job.

Warranty

2017 Chrysler 300

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

A certified pre-owned Chrysler vehicle carries the remainder of the 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from when the vehicle was new. This warranty ensures that any necessary repair or replacement of the engine or other major powertrain components will be covered, although a deductible will be applied to the repair. The amount of the deductible may depend on your dealer.

The bumper-to-bumper component of Chrysler's CPO warranty, the Maximum Care Warranty, covers the car for three months or 3,000 miles. If the vehicle is less than three years old and has fewer than 36,000 miles, then it still has the original Basic New Warranty coverage. In that case, the Maximum Care Warranty applies when the Basic New Warranty expires. If the CPO vehicle is older than three years or has more than 36,000 miles, the Maximum Care Warranty becomes effective on the day the CPO vehicle is sold The Maximum Care Warranty also requires a deductible, but it will kick in to repair or replace most of the CPO vehicle’s components.

Chrysler also offers three Lifetime Certified Upgrade plans: Powertrain Care, Added Care Plus, and Maximum Care. These provide extra coverage for the amount of time you own the vehicle and have a $100 deductible for covered repairs.

Extras

Chrysler’s standard CPO program includes benefits such as roadside assistance and car rental allowance, while the supplemental plans add a towing allowance and up to $1,000 in trip interruption coverage. Roadside assistance carries a deductible up to $100 and includes services such as fuel delivery, lockout assistance, flat tire assistance, jump starts, and towing assistance. Car rental allowance is up to $35 per day while your vehicle is at the dealership overnight for covered repairs, or up to $35 for a rental car or taxi for the first day your vehicle is at the dealership for any repair.

Every CPO Chrysler vehicle also comes with three free months of SiriusXM satellite radio.

How Does It Compare to Rivals?

Chrysler’s 125-point inspection checklist is similar to most competitors’ inspections, but Chrysler takes the extra step of providing the list online, so any interested consumer can check it out.

Chrysler's seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is competitive. However, its three-month/3,000-mile bumper-to-bumper CPO coverage is unimpressive. For instance, Honda offers one year and 12,000 miles.

How to Buy a Chrysler CPO Vehicle

Your local Chrysler dealership will offer a selection of CPO cars and SUVs. You can start your search before you head to the dealership by checking out the U.S. News certified pre-owned car listings to find results for Chrysler CPO vehicles near you.