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The Pros and Cons of Certified Pre-Owned Cars

US News & World Report - Cars Logo By John M. Vincent of US News & World Report - Cars | Slide 2 of 14: One big problem with buying a used car is you don’t have a financial safety net if something goes wrong. Certified used cars, on the other hand, come with warranty coverage, which covers the vehicle if something breaks. Very few non-certified used cars come with any warranty at all.The way the warranties work depends on the CPO program. Some extend the vehicle’s original warranty out to a longer period or number of miles. Others provide protection for a certain number of miles or months after the purchase of the vehicle. Some are based on the car’s original in-service date. A few provide coverage for a specified period of time with unlimited miles.With manufacturer-backed certified used cars, you can get warranty repairs at any of that brand’s dealership service centers. You’re not limited to one dealer or auto repair shop.As with any warranty, buyers should look to see what is included with and excluded from the warranty. Every manufacturer is different when it comes to the details of their program.

Pro: They Come With a Warranty

One big problem with buying a used car is you don’t have a financial safety net if something goes wrong. Certified used cars, on the other hand, come with warranty coverage, which covers the vehicle if something breaks. Very few non-certified used cars come with any warranty at all.

The way the warranties work depends on the CPO program. Some extend the vehicle’s original warranty out to a longer period or number of miles. Others provide protection for a certain number of miles or months after the purchase of the vehicle. Some are based on the car’s original in-service date. A few provide coverage for a specified period of time with unlimited miles.

With manufacturer-backed certified used cars, you can get warranty repairs at any of that brand’s dealership service centers. You’re not limited to one dealer or auto repair shop.

As with any warranty, buyers should look to see what is included with and excluded from the warranty. Every manufacturer is different when it comes to the details of their program.

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