Getting a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle gives you the warranty of a new car and the lower price of a used one. Getting a CPO Kia means you knock a chunk of change off the already low price of a Kia vehicle, and get the famous Kia warranty to boot: 10 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain. You can learn more about the Kia CPO program and how it compares to CPO programs from rival manufacturers below.
Which Used Kia Vehicles Are Eligible?
Any Kia that is less than five years old and has less than 60,000 miles is eligible for the Kia certified pre-owned program. But that doesn’t mean every car fitting that description makes it in. To earn that stamp, and the warranties that come with it, each Kia has to pass a detailed inspection.
To become a Certified Pre-Owned Kia, each qualifying vehicle must pass a 150-point inspection. This inspection covers everything from internal engine diagnostics to the condition of the frame and undercarriage, air conditioner and other accessories, emissions system, tires, brakes, wheels, and pretty much anything the car needs to function as it was designed to function.
Some of this is done visually, but there is also a road test to check the performance of the engine, transmission, suspension, and brakes, along with basic functions like windshield wipers, the horn, the parking brake, and interior switches and dials.
Kia is known for its long warranties, and that applies to certified pre-owned Kia vehicles too. Each Kia CPO vehicle comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, travel breakdown coverage, emergency towing and rental car coverage, plus Cross Country Motor Club membership that includes assistance for flat tires, jump starts, lock out situations, and running out of gas.
The Kia CPO program includes one year or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first) of Kia’s Platinum coverage, which means coverage for all those little parts of the vehicle that usually aren’t covered by warranties. The list is long, but we’re talking about things like brake pads, air bags, hinges, glass, trim, door handles, body panels, batteries, and even upholstery. Any noticed defects in these components would have been resolved before sale, but in case something pops up or something slipped through the cracks, you’ve got a year or 12,000 miles to have it fixed.
How Does It Compare to Rivals?
Competing brands like Toyota and Mazda have similar CPO programs, though there are differences in the details. For example, Toyota’s CPO program also comes with a 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, but it’s limited to seven years instead of 10. It also offers roadside assistance, but only for a year. Mazda’s program offers most of the same essential coverage, but it also allows its CPO warranties to transfer to new owners, and it throws in a three-month SiriusXM trial.
As with its new vehicles, Kia offers a longer and more comprehensive warranty on Certified Pre-Owned vehicles than most of its competition. However, it has a narrower scope of eligible vehicles than some, like Toyota, which will certify vehicles with up to 85,000 miles on them, as compared to 60,000 for Kia.
How to Buy a Kia CPO Vehicle
The vast majority of franchised Kia dealerships keep an inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles. However, there is no reason to go hunting around like that when you could do it the easy way: Research vehicles using our ranking of used cars and then browse U.S. News’ certified pre-owned car listings to find Kias in your area.