Dodge CPO Buying Guide

2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

The Dodge certified pre-owned program is the same as all other CPO programs under the Chrysler family umbrella. Every CPO Dodge, from muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger to minivans like the Dodge Grand Caravan, undergoes the same inspection process and comes with the same warranty and benefits as Chryslers, Jeeps, and Ram trucks.  

There are a couple of hurdles for CPO Dodge vehicles right off the bat: They have to be less than five years old with a clean title and have less than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Dodge also makes sure that any aftermarket accessories that have been added won’t compromise safety or emissions standards.

Inspection Process

Every eligible Dodge has to pass an inspection before it can be sold as certified pre-owned vehicle. Dodge has a 125-point inspection, which is on the low end for inspection points. As long as everything on the list has been checked and, if necessary, repaired, the exact number of points inspected doesn’t have to be a deal-killer. The vehicle is road tested and checked inside and out for dings or rips, and everything from turn signals to air bags are examined.

If the vehicle passes the test, all scheduled maintenance will be performed by the dealership, as well as a thorough detailing. If any parts need to be replaced, the CPO program specifies that the dealership uses MOPAR parts for reconditioning the vehicle.  

Warranty

Dodge offers one of the best CPO warranties in the business: a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that counts from the original date of sale.

Dodge also supplies a CARFAX report with its CPO vehicles so you know what has or hasn’t happened in your vehicle’s short lifetime. If these warranties and assurances aren’t enough, you can opt for more coverage through one of three upgrade plans available for certified vehicles, from a basic extension to a lifetime plan.

Extras

If anything does go wrong with your Dodge CPO vehicle, you’ll have 24-hour roadside assistance to jumpstart the battery, bring you gas, change a tire, or even tow you to the nearest Dodge dealership. While your vehicle is being repaired at the dealership, Dodge will provide a car rental allowance or taxi reimbursement.

2017 Dodge Durango

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

Not all of the extras are merely practical. You’ll also get a free three-month trial of SiriusXM satellite radio. And if you want to personalize your CPO Dodge Durango with flashier wheels or add a roof rack, you can choose to add MOPAR accessories at the dealership.

How Does It Compare to Rivals?

Many of Dodge’s CPO program perks are in line with other pre-owned programs. Almost everyone offers roadside assistance, a CARFAX report, and even a satellite radio trial for vehicles equipped with satellite-compatible infotainment systems. Additionally, CPO programs usually restrict eligibility to late-model vehicles, just as Dodge does.

The thoroughness of Dodge’s inspection process falls behind rivals Ford and GM, which offer 172-point inspections, though Dodge is in line with other manufacturers, such as Volkswagen. The Dodge CPO powertrain warranty is identical to Ford’s 7-year/100,000-mile warranty, and both of these last a year longer than what GM offers.

How to Buy a Dodge CPO Vehicle

Nearly any franchised Dodge dealership will have an inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles available. Make it easy on yourself and cut your research time by searching U.S. News' certified pre-owned car listings to find results for Dodge vehicles at dealerships in your area.