Mini is a brand that does things differently, but like nearly all automakers, it offers a certified pre-owned program for those looking for the peace of mind of an extended warranty. Here’s what you need to know about Mini’s CPO program.
Which Used Mini Vehicles Are Eligible?
Any Mini that’s less than five years old and has less than 60,000 miles is eligible for the CPO program. That means the plucky Mini Cooper hardtop, and even most model years of the discontinued Mini Coupe and Roadster.
Mini has an inspection process that it calls “rigorous,” and it’s hard to argue. The first steps include verifying mileage, background, and the maintenance history of the vehicle. From there, Mini technicians inspect the tire wear, the condition of the wheels and brakes, and the condition of the body panels and suspension components.
The engine and its many subsystems are inspected, after which the car is taken out for a road test to ensure it drives and handles as a typical Mini should. The technician, service manager, and Mini CPO manager all must sign off final approval.
Mini has a unique two-tier warranty system. The standard warranty is a two-year/50,000 bumper-to-bumper warranty that kicks in with the expiration of the original four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That yields a total six-year/100,000-mile warranty for the average CPO Mini.
For newer models with more than 300 miles, but less than 36,001 miles, Mini offers the CPO 575 program. It is a fully transferable one-year/25,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That transfer isn’t free though – you transfer the warranty to the new owner for a $200 fee. Also, repairs incur a $50 deductible under this plan.
Mini offers 24/7 roadside assistance for all CPO vehicles. Like the two-tiered warranty system, there are two tiers of coverage. For the two-year/50,000-mile CPO vehicles, Mini offers two years and unlimited miles of roadside assistance. For the Mini CPO 575 vehicles, Mini offers one year and unlimited miles of coverage. You can call for roadside assistance or use Mini’s app.
How Does It Compare to Rivals?
Mini’s unique product portfolio puts it in a unique space when considering potential rivals. The driving dynamics of the Mini Cooper S could have you cross-shopping it against a Mazda Miata or Toyota 86, while the versatility of the Mini Cooper Countryman positions it against popular subcompact SUVs like the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V.
Honda will only certify vehicles that have less than 80,000 miles and are less than six years old, at which point Honda service technicians put cars through a 182-point inspection process. Honda CPO cars come with a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and three months of SiriusXM.
Toyota features a 160-point inspection, but in the end you get the same one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty and seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that is offered by Honda.
Jeep offers a 125-point inspection and backs its CPO vehicles with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and a three-month/3,000-mile “Maximum Care Coverage” basic bumper-to-bumper warranty. Jeep also throws in a three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
How to Buy a Mini CPO Vehicle
You can search right here on the U.S. News & World Report used car listings page for Mini CPOs. There are thousands of CPO listings, as well as non-CPO listings. If you’re looking for deal, check out our used car deals page, where you’ll find listings for manufacturers’ CPO deals. Happy hunting!