Volvo vehicles are eligible for pre-owned certification if they are five years old or newer, and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer. That means it is possible to find a CPO example of, say, the C30 hatchback or C70 convertible, both of which were discontinued after the 2013 model year. Generally, a Volvo CPO showroom will offer vehicles from the brand’s current or previous-generation lineup.
Volvo’s CPO certification process requires a 130-point inspection of the entire car, including exterior panels, bumpers, glass, tires, interior components, and powertrain. Safety systems are given extra attention. During the inspection, any vehicle components that are broken or worn out are repaired or replaced, and the car is taken for a road test to ensure everything is operating properly.
Volvo’s CPO candidates must also have a clear vehicle history report from Carfax. If Carfax states that the vehicle’s title history is clean, but the vehicle actually has a branded title (due to salvage, fire, flood, suspected odometer rollback, or lemon-law-related incidents), Carfax will buy back the vehicle.
CPO Volvo vehicles come with a limited warranty of seven years or 100,000 miles, but the catch is that this coverage started the date the vehicle was purchased by its original owner, and the CPO buyer is entitled to what remains of that coverage. (If the CPO vehicle is sold with any remaining coverage, the warranty will automatically transfer to the subsequent owner.) The limited warranty covers the engine, transmission, front and rear axles, steering, suspension, brakes, electrical system, and air conditioning. There is no deductible for repairs covered under the warranty.
Depending on the model year, a CPO Volvo vehicle might include factory-scheduled maintenance as part of the original warranty coverage. Buyers have the option to extend any CPO vehicle’s maintenance plan for up to eight years and 125,000 miles.
The Volvo CPO program has you covered when you’re out on the road. Volvo provides 24-hour roadside assistance for a Volvo CPO vehicle, and if your Volvo breaks down from a warranty-covered problem while you’re more than 150 miles from home, your expenses will be compensated for by the trip-interruption reimbursement program. If your Volvo CPO vehicle is stolen, Volvo offers a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. Volvo CPO vehicles that feature SiriusXM satellite radio include a free three-month trial subscription.
How Does It Compare to Rivals?
Volvo says its CPO program features the best warranty in the class, with coverage longer than that offered by most competitors. The Volvo CPO warranty is also more comprehensive than many competitors’ programs, since it covers most components in the drivetrain and throughout the vehicle. In fact, it covers everything except some specific exclusions, such as damage caused by neglect, abuse, or track use.
Volvo’s zero-deductible coverage isn’t unique, but it is uncommon. The Volvo CPO program has a good reputation among consumers and is the second-best such program in the premium segment, according to U.S. News Best CPO rankings.
How to Buy a Volvo CPO Vehicle
Any Volvo franchise dealership should offer a selection of the brand’s CPO cars and SUVs. You can start at home by browsing through U.S. News certified pre-owned car listings to find results for Volvo vehicles near you.