Porsche CPO Buying Guide

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A Certified Pre-Owned, or CPO Porsche is a more affordable way to own one of the impressive performance machines out of Stuttgart. While you probably don’t have the coin to snag a pre-owned hypercar like the 918 Spyder, the rest of the lineup might be more within your budget, and there are CPO examples of all of them.

Which Used Porsche Vehicle Are Eligible?

Porsches as much as eight years old with less than 100,000 miles are eligible for the “Porsche-Approved” certification. But what does that mean? And what advantage does that net you, the consumer?

Inspection Process

To earn CPO approval, Porsches undergo a 111-point inspection process. This includes checking all the fluids; inspecting the exterior for nicks, scratches, or blemishes; and even checking the vehicle’s computer memory for fault notifications.

The engine is thoroughly inspected as well. In addition to checking for any components that have to be replaced, the engine is inspected for any signs of over-revving, in case some throttle-happy Porsche owner was showing off. These kinds of things prevent the early onset of larger problems.

Finally, the car is taken out for a test drive by a Porsche technician. They check to make sure that driver assistance systems kick in when they are supposed to. According to Porsche, the technicians also check for “typical Porsche driving characteristics.”

Warranty

If a vehicle passes the 111-point inspection process, it is fitted with a factory-backed extended warranty. In this case, it would be two years or up to 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) added on to the mileage of the vehicle when it is traded in.

Dealers may offer individual dealer-backed warranties, but be careful that these warranties offer the same coverage outside of your dealer region. Some service shops may not honor the warranty or may require you to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed by Porsche. Look through all of the fine print now to avoid being stuck in the middle of nowhere later.

Extras

Speaking of which, Porsche offers 24-hour roadside assistance for the duration of the limited warranty. That means you have two years or 50,000 miles of roadside assistance for items like jump starts, flat tires, emergency fuel delivery, lockout service, replacement keys, and more. If you end up in the mud, snow, or dirt, Porsche will even come and winch or tow you out.

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If a mechanical problem covered under warranty causes you to be stranded 100-plus miles away from your home, Porsche will even take care of certain “trip interruption” expenses. This could come in the form of meals, lodging, car rental, or alternative forms of transportation.

How Does It Compare to Rivals?

BMW and Mercedes-Benz both offer certified pre-owned programs. While BMW doesn’t specify the exact number of points in its inspection process, it is quite thorough and also concludes with a test drive by a BMW technician. The BMW CPO warranty is also two years or 50,000. However, unlike Porsche’s, the BMW extended warranty starts after the expiration of the original four-year/50,000-mile warranty. BMW also offers 24-hour roadside assistance.

Mercedes-Benz also has a lengthy inspection process. Where Mercedes diverges from the pack is with its warranty: one-year and unlimited miles. When that warranty runs out, Mercedes-Benz also offers extended warranties of one or two years with unlimited miles. If you plan on doing a lot of road trips or have a long commute, that’s a pretty attractive warranty.

How to Buy a Porsche CPO Vehicle

You can find Porsche CPO vehicles among U.S. News & World Report’s used car listings. You can search by specific model or type and fine-tune by price, fuel type, drivetrain, and more. And when it comes to financing the car, Porsche financial services are available, though getting a financing quote through an outside bank is a smart move too.