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10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs

Which CPO Programs Offer the Best Warranty and Benefits?


Certified pre-owned (CPO) cars are more popular than ever. And there's an abundance of cars just returned from leases that car dealerships and carmakers are eager to offload. Combine the two and you have an opportunity to score a great deal on a lightly worn, factory-backed pre-owned car.

We've helped answerwhether you should buy a certified pre-owned car and explained what to realistically expect from one. We've also shown you how tolease a CPO car. And because CPO perks are not uniform across every brand, it's time to take a look at individual programs to determine which offer benefits that exceed the industry norm.

First, a quick refresher:

In order to be considered a CPO car and not just a used one, a vehicle must meet a particular set of requirements. It must be under a certain age, not exceed a specific number of miles, and undergo a multipoint inspection. Each carmaker establishes these requirements, and they can vary from brand to brand.

The length of warranty coverage, allowed miles and additional perks are also determined by each individual carmaker. These benefits will vary.

So which CPO programs stand out? These are our 10 favorites:

1) Hyundai
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 5 years old and have less than 60,000 miles. Subject to 150-point inspection.
Warranty: Remainder of the original five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Extras:
Roadside assistance: 10 years/unlimited miles
Deductible for warranty repairs: $50
Transferable to private-party buyer
Three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio
Trip interruption reimbursement

Edmunds Says: A typical non-luxury CPO car has only seven years of powertrain coverage from the original date of purchase. Hyundai betters that by three years. The bumper-to-bumper coverage is also better by a year on average, and the roadside assistance term is exceptional. Apart from corporate partner Kia, no company has a better CPO warranty than Hyundai. It is worth noting that Hyundai's original new-car warranty is not transferable, so buying CPO is the only way to get it when buying a used Elantra, Sonata, Tucson or other Hyundai vehicle.

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2) Kia
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 5 years old and have less than 60,000 miles. Subject to 150-point inspection.          
Warranty: Remainder of the original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. One year/12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the date of used-car purchase.

Extras:
Roadside assistance: 10 years/unlimited miles
Deductible for warranty repairs: $50
Transferable to private-party buyer
Trip interruption reimbursement

Edmunds Says: Kia offers the same powertrain warranty coverage as Hyundai, meaning that most of the car's really expensive oily bits will be covered for a really long time. It differs in that there's only one year of coverage for everything else on the car, but that's actually typical for non-luxury CPO programs.

3) Lexus
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 6 years old and have less than 60,000 miles. Subject to 161-point inspection.
Warranty: Valid for a minimum of two years after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle basic warranty or two years from your L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later. Mileage is unlimited.

Extras:
Roadside assistance: Same as warranty length
No deductible for warranty repairs
Trip interruption reimbursement
Two years of scheduled maintenance included
Lexus loaner vehicle provided if CPO vehicle requires warranty repairs that will exceed eight hours
Complimentary maintenance for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first

Edmunds Says: Every other carmaker's warranty starts when the car is purchased new or, if it's past its original factory warranty, is limited to only a year or two of coverage, with mileage limitations (usually 100,000 total miles or less). An unlimited-mileage warranty is unique for any warranty program, regardless of brand.

4) Volvo
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 5 years old and have less than 80,000 miles. Subject to 130-point inspection.
Warranty: Seven-year/100,000-mile warranty covering most vehicle components from the car's original date of purchase.

Extras:
Roadside assistance: Same as warranty length
No deductible for warranty repairs
Trip interruption reimbursement
Transferable to private-party buyer
Three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio

Edmunds Says: Most luxury brands offer six years or 100,000 miles of warranty coverage from the car's original purchase date, but Volvo goes one year further. Plus, given that Volvo's new-car warranty covers four years, it's possible to buy a CPO car with a longer warranty than you'd get with a new car.        

5) Honda and Mazda (tie)
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 6 years old and have less than 80,000 miles. Subject to 182-point inspection for Honda, 160-point inspection for Mazda.

Warranty: Seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from the car's original purchase date. One-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage on top of whatever is left of the original three-year/36,000-mile coverage. 

Extras:
Roadside assistance: Same as warranty length
No deductible for warranty repairs
Transferable to private-party buyer
Three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio

Edmunds Says: The benefits of the Honda and Mazda CPO programs are essentially identical. The seven years of powertrain coverage is longer than what is offered by most luxury brands. A year of bumper-to-bumper coverage is better compared to some other brands in this price range that add nothing on top of whatever is left of the original warranty.

Honda and Mazda also have CPO roadside assistance that lasts the length of the warranty, putting them ahead of Toyota, which offers only one year in its otherwise-comparable CPO program. And, finally, there are no deductibles. That puts both ahead of Ford's CPO program, which requires a hefty $100 deductible per warranty repair.

7) Porsche
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 8 years old and have less than 100,000 miles for purchased vehicles. Up to 5 years old for leased vehicles. Subject to 111-point inspection.
Warranty: Six-year/100,000-total-mile warranty covering most vehicle components from the original purchase date. If there is no original warranty left, two-year/50,000-mile coverage from the time of used-car purchase or lease (not to exceed 100,000 total miles).

Extras:
Roadside assistance: Same as warranty length
No deductible for warranty repairs
Trip interruption reimbursement
Transferable to private-party buyer

Edmunds Says: Porsche's CPO warranty is pretty similar to that offered by most luxury brands, with six years of coverage for most vehicle components starting at the original date of purchase. Should there be no factory warranty left, you'll get two years and 50,000 miles of coverage. Again, that's not unique. However, Porsche stands out by certifying cars that are as old as 8 years, meaning you can get a reasonably old car with a two-year Porsche warranty. This becomes even more appealing when you realize that the mileage of Porsche sports cars tends to be much lower than average.

8) Jaguar and Land Rover (tie)
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 5 years old and have less than 60,000 miles. Subject to 165-point inspection for both brands.
Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile warranty covering most vehicle components from the car's original purchase date. 

Extras:
Roadside assistance: Same as warranty length
No deductible for warranty repairs
Transferable to private-party buyer
Trip interruption reimbursement (Land Rover)

Edmunds Says: For the most part, the CPO coverage provided by sister brands Jaguar and Land Rover is equal to that offered by other luxury brands, including Audi, BMW, Infiniti and Lincoln. The one key difference: There is no deductible for warranty repairs.

10) Buick
To make the cut: The vehicle has to be less than 5 years old and have 75,000 miles or less. Subject to 172-point inspection.
Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from the original date of purchase for 2013 and newer models (five years/100,000 miles for older cars). One-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage from the date of used-car purchase.

Extras:
Roadside assistance: Same as warranty length
No deductible for warranty repairs
Transferable to private-party buyer
Two-year/24,000-mile complimentary service plan covering two scheduled service visits
Three-month subscriptions to SiriusXM satellite radio and GM's OnStar service
Three-day/150-mile exchange policy

Edmunds Says: Admittedly, Buick's warranty coverage is shorter than that of many competitors, which offer seven years of coverage compared to Buick's six. But this plan is all about Buick's CPO extras. Your first two scheduled service visits are complimentary, three years of basic OnStar guidance plan are included for free, and Buick throws in a three-month trial of SiriusXM for good measure. Plus, should you regret your purchase, you can exchange your car within three days and 150 miles for something of equal value.

Finding the perfect CPO car may seem like a daunting task. But with Edmunds on your side, you can be sure you're getting the right information to make the right choice.


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