What Are the Advantages of Certified Pre-Owned Cars?

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They’re Gently Used

Manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned vehicle programs are only provided for cars with low mileage and a recent model year. For example, the Lexus Certified Pre-Owned program limits eligible cars to younger than six years old with fewer than 70,000 miles. Specific limits vary by manufacturer.

In other words, not every car traded in to a car dealership, returned from a lease, or purchased at auction will meet the rigorous standards that manufacturers demand of CPO vehicles.

Many of the certified used cars that you will find on dealer lots won’t be anywhere near their mileage limits, as they’ll be lease returns that are two or three years old with fewer than 36,000 miles on the odometer. Because lease terms require vehicles to be well-maintained without significant modifications or damage, lease return vehicles make excellent candidates for inclusion in certified used car programs. 

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