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Jeep CPO Buying Guide

U.S. News & World Report - Cars logo U.S. News & World Report - Cars 8/21/2017 Cherise Threewitt
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The Jeep certified pre-owned vehicle program is operated under the umbrella of the Chrysler Group’s CPO program, so it is similar to the CPO programs from Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram. Like all CPO programs, a CPO Jeep offers the benefits of both new and used purchasing. As with a new car, you get a warranty. As with a used car, you get a lower price. Read on to see what it takes for a Jeep to qualify for the Jeep CPO program, what the program offers, and how it differs from the competition.

Which Used Jeep Vehicles Are Eligible?

Jeep vehicles are eligible for certification and sale as a CPO vehicle if they are five years old or newer with fewer than 75,000 miles. These requirements ensure that a CPO Jeep has time left on its original seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty to transfer to the new owner.

Inspection Process

Jeep’s CPO certification process uses a 125-point checklist. If the vehicle meets age and mileage qualifications and has a clean title, Jeep mechanics begin the inspection. The vehicle is checked for frame damage and any aftermarket modifications that affect the vehicle’s safety and operations (such as emissions). Owner’s manuals and other such materials are replaced.


Most of the 125-point checklist ensures the vehicle meets mechanical standards. Jeep mechanics examine the vehicle, take it on a road test, and examine it again. A vehicle that meets standards then gets a mechanical check, during which worn or broken parts are repaired or replaced. The interior and exterior are examined for visual flaws and are fully detailed.


The original manufacturer’s powertrain warranty (seven years/100,000 miles) starts the day the Jeep is sold new. Since CPO Jeep vehicles must be less than five years old and have less than 75,000 miles, they carry the remainder of the original warranty. This warranty covers repair or replacement of major powertrain components, such as the engine, but requires a deductible, which may vary based on the problem. The remainder of the Jeep Basic New Warranty (three years/36,000 miles) will also carry over to CPO Jeep vehicles that meet those age requirements.

CPO Jeep vehicles are also covered by the secondary Maximum Care Warranty (three months/3,000 miles), which takes effect the day the CPO Jeep is sold, or, if it is newer than three years old with less than 36,000 miles, the day the Basic New Warranty coverage expires. The Maximum Care Warranty covers most of a CPO Jeep’s components and also requires a deductible.

Three Lifetime Certified Upgrade plans are available for extra peace of mind. Powertrain Care, Added Care Plus, and Maximum Care provide extra coverage for your CPO Jeep, with a $100 deductible for eligible repairs. These plans cover you for as long as you own your CPO Jeep, but do not transfer to a subsequent owner.

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Buyers of CPO Jeep vehicles are entitled to roadside assistance and car rental allowance benefits. Roadside assistance includes fuel delivery, lockout assistance, flat tire assistance, jump starts, and towing assistance, and has a $100 deductible. If your Jeep is at the dealership for one day for a repair covered by your warranty, you get up to $35 for a rental car or taxi fare. If your Jeep stays overnight for a warranty repair, the car rental allowance covers up to $35 per day.

If you opt for one of the Lifetime Certified Upgrade plans, your CPO Jeep will also include a towing allowance and trip interruption coverage of up to $1,000.

CPO Jeep vehicles also include three months of SiriusXM satellite radio.

How Does It Compare to Rivals?

The 125-point inspection checklist used by Jeep’s CPO program is similar to most competitors’ inspections. However, potential Jeep buyers can check out the list online before they shop, so they can be prepared with questions and concerns. Jeep’s CPO warranty coverage is on par with programs from most competitors, and so are the program’s perks and extras.

How to Buy a Jeep CPO Vehicle

Your nearest Jeep dealership will feature an inventory of CPO Jeep SUVs. If you’d like to browse the offerings before you head to the dealership, start by checking out the U.S. News certified pre-owned car listings to find results for Jeep CPO vehicles near you.


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