9 Things to Look for in a CPO Program

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It’s All About the Warranty

The biggest selling point for a CPO vehicle is that it will be covered by a warranty. When you purchase a used car that is not included in a CPO program, it is usually an as-is proposition, and you are liable for all repairs the moment you drive away.

Some CPO warranties are extensions of a vehicle's standard factory coverage, some last for a specific time and number of miles after you buy the car, and others are a set number of years or miles from when the car first took to the streets.

For example, if you buy a certified pre-owned Jaguar, the vehicle’s factory warranty is extended to 7-years from the car’s original in-service date or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The CPO limited warranty from Mercedes-Benz covers the car for one year, either from the end of the five-year standard new-vehicle warranty or from the date you purchased the CPO Mercedes. The Mercedes program doesn't have a mileage limit for coverage.

Check to see if the warranty is transferrable to another owner if you decide to resell the car. Such a benefit could allow you to sell the car for a significant premium over one with no coverage. Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, for instance, is transferable to a private party buyer.

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