The 10 Top Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs

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Source: Thinkstock

When you’re buying a used car, a Certified Pre-Owned (or CPO) car can be a tempting option. Other used cars can be purchased with warranties as well, but CPO cars also come with the promise that they’ve been inspected by the dealer to make sure they meet a certain standard, and because of that, they come with a warranty from the manufacturer. The specifics of what that warranty covers and how long it lasts can vary between manufacturers, making some CPO programs a better deal than others.

Auto Trader, the online used car giant, recently went through the specifics of each manufacturer’s CPO program to figure out which ones are the best. Ultimately, 10 brands topped the list. Which ones made it? Click through to find out!

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10. Mitsubishi

You probably didn’t expect Mitsubishi to be on any list praising manufacturers, but Mitsubishi doesn’t only offer the Evo and some budget-priced cars; it offers a great CPO program too. The warranty is exceptionally long, offering a five-year, 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty from when the car was first sold. Even better, there’s no deductible.

Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door
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9. Mini

Mini’s CPO program has a $50 deductible, but while that’s higher than Mitsubishi’s, it’s not bad. You’re also covered by a six-year, 100,000 mile warranty, again from the vehicle’s original date of purchase. Mini also earns points for allowing the warranty to be transferred between owners.

Land Rover in Snow
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8. Land Rover

If you’re buying a used Land Rover, you better have a warranty. Luckily, a CPO Land Rover comes with a pretty good one. You get coverage of up to six years or 100,000 miles, don’t have to pay a deductible, and the warranty is fully transferable. Additionally, you get free roadside assistance, another great thing to have with a Land Rover.

Source: Jaguar
Source: Jaguar

7. Jaguar

Jaguar’s CPO program is essentially the same as Land Rover’s. You get the same warranty that will cover your Jaguar up to six years or 100,000 miles, there’s no deductible, and you can transfer the warranty to the next owner. Free roadside assistance is included as well, which should give you a little extra peace of mind.

Volkswagen Golf R
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6. Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s CPO program is a little bit different than the ones that have previously been mentioned. Instead of covering a car based on its total age and miles, the Volkswagen warranty lasts for two years or 24,000 miles from the time that you purchase the car. If you’re buying a car that’s no longer covered by the factory warranty, that extra bumper-to-bumper protection can be quite nice.

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5. Kia

Everybody knows that Kia has perhaps the best warranty available on its new cars, but that warranty is non-transferable. If you buy a CPO Kia, however, you get the vehicle’s original warranty back, which is also transferable to the next owner. Plus, you get a rental car allowance while your car is in the shop. You have to pay a $50 deductible, but it’s still a great program.

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 4. Hyundai

Hyundai and Kia may view each other as rivals, but they’re still under the same corporate umbrella, which means that Hyundai offers the same warranty as Kia. If you’re buying used though, the only way to get the remainder of that great Hyundai warranty is to buy a CPO. Like Kia, the CPO warranty is transferable to the next owner, and you get a rental car allowance. You still have to pay the $50 deductible, unfortunately, but as a bonus, Hyundai will also give you three free months of SiriusXM radio.

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3. Volvo

Volvo is known for building safe cars, but it should also be known for its CPO program. The warranty lasts for up to seven years or 100,000 miles, is transferable to the next owner, and doesn’t require a deductible. Additionally, you get several other benefits, like free roadside assistance, trip routing, theft protection, and three free months of SiriusXM radio.

Lexus RCF Sport
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2. Lexus

Like Volkswagen, Lexus offers a warranty on its CPO cars that starts when you purchase the vehicle, not when it was originally sold. Lexus takes it one year further, offering three years of coverage instead of two. It’s a little different than Volkswagen’s because it only covers up to a total of 100,000 miles, but it’s still very good coverage. Lexus also offers no deductible and will give you a loaner car, but it isn’t transferable to the next owner.

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1. Porsche

If you’re looking at buying a used Porsche, you should seriously consider buying one CPO because Porsche’s program is officially the best in the country. For cars that would still be under the factory warranty, Porsche offers coverage up to six years or 100,000 miles. If a car is outside of the four year, 50,000 mile factory warranty, Porsche will still certify it, and you get coverage for two years or 50,000 miles. Even better, there’s no deductible, the warranty is transferable, and you get free roadside assistance.

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