What is a Certified Pre-Owned Car?

Although buying a used vehicle is a smart option for many reasons, it can be very tedious. Many people choose to avoid the headaches from reviewing maintenance records to paying a mechanic to inspect the car, and possibly even spending additional money for unexpected repairs after the purchase of the car.  That is why many people decide to purchase a certified pre-owned car.  But what is a certified pre-owned car, and what makes it different from buying the car owner on craigslist?

Buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) car traditionally saves you money since you avoid the severe new-car depreciation hit, and it’s a more comfortable shopping experience because Rafferty Subaru's expert mechanics have already inspected the car and always offer the full report on the condition of the vehicle. The best part, Rafferty provides a warranty for CPO vehicles.  If the car breaks down, it’s covered under an included factory warranty.

Think about it this way: buying a certified pre-owned car from Rafferty means you are getting the peace of mind of a new car with the savings of a used car. 

CPO cars come from several sources. Some dealers buy cars from auctions, other cars come to them as a trade-in, or when a leased vehicle is returned, the dealer considers the car a CPO candidate. The age of the vehicle, its body and mechanical condition, its history and the number of miles it’s been driven are all things considered by Rafferty before they label it a CPO vehicle. If the car measures up, it’s given a thorough inspection, reconditioned and put up for sale in the manufacturer’s CPO program.


Key factors of a Certified Pre-Owned Car program

1. Age and mileage limits. 

2. The length of the warranty, in years and miles. Many CPO programs offer the remainder of the factory warranty plus an additional one year or 12,000 miles of what they call a “comprehensive” warranty. 

3. The number of points in the inspection. We are proud that our experts perform over a 100 point of inspection. The most important things to have checked are engine, transmission and suspension performance, tire tread depth and brake pad wear.


Who should consider a CPO car?

Because these cars are the cream of the crop and come with a warranty, they offer convenience and value to the car shopper.  Here are a few reasons a CPO car is a good bet for you:

1. Does it make sense to you to save the 20% to 30% depreciation paid for a new car?

2. Are you a used-car shopper but hate having to inspect the car and take it to a mechanic?

3. Do you prefer used cars but want the security of an extended warranty?

4. Are you OK with not having the latest vehicle styling and technology?

Will it annoy you if the car has some wear and tear and possible dings and scratches to the exterior?

Warning, other dealers like to use the word 'certified’ on a used car because it makes shoppers think it has extra value.  But make sure you know what the certification means. To be a true CPO car, like the Certified Pre-Owned cars Rafferty offers, it should be backed by the manufacturer. Look for the CPO program’s logo on a sticker in the car’s window.  If you are shopping on an independent used-car lot and see a sticker saying a car is certified, be on guard. For example, if it says that mechanical problems will be fixed for 30 days, ask who will do the repairs. If it’s just Joe’s Garage down the street, you might want to reconsider.  Want to learn more about  Rafferty's Certified Pre-Owned Programs, contact us today!



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