What Are Certified
Buying a pre-owned car is the most practical, convenient
option for millions of Americans. Brand new vehicles fresh off the production
line may come with the latest features and gadgets, but they can be incredibly
expensive, commanding prices which are simply out of reach for the average
Used car dealerships provide customers with an extensive
selection of pre-owned vehicles, all of which are typically well-inspected and
maintained to a high standard. CPO cars are an invaluable asset to dealerships
and their customers across the country, but what exactly is Certified Pre-Owned?
What are CPO Cars?
A CPO (Certified Pre-Owned)
car offers you more peace of mind and reassurance that you are spending your
money on a vehicle that’s worth the price. Some customers may feel a little
uncertain when purchasing a used car, potentially worrying about the lifespan
of their investment. With certified pre-owned cars, you know you’re sitting behind
the wheel of a vehicle which has undergone a strict inspection and
certification process prior to being offered for sale.
A trained mechanic will check the car before it is granted
CPO status, to make sure it adheres to specific requirements and standards.
Anything which may not quite be up to those standards is repaired or replaced
by the dealership, to ensure maximum value to buyers. CPO vehicles usually come
with a warranty backed by the manufacturer or dealership, and may include
valuable extras, such as free roadside assistance, free maintenance, and loaner
vehicles if needed. Dealerships stocking CPO cars may provide special offers or
more competitive financing rates to make the package even more appealing than
an overpriced brand-new model.
When did CPO programs start?
CPO programs first started to hit the market during the
early ‘90s, due to a high number of leased vehicles being returned by
customers. These were generally in solid mechanical shape and usually had low
miles on their odometers. Dealerships tended to sell those in the best
condition, while others were put up for lower prices or sold at auction to
other car dealers.
Manufacturers and dealerships started to recognize that
there might be a chance to sell these high-quality vehicles at a higher level
than ‘used’, to appeal to those buyers looking for a pre-owned car offering
exceptional value for the money, but without the high price of a brand-new
model. The first CPO program launched belonged to Lexus in November of 1993, though Mercedes-Benz became the first
manufacturer to provide buyers of pre-owned cars with factory-backed
warranties. The trend continued to grow, as more and more manufacturers and
dealers saw the program’s potential.
Not all vehicles which are labeled as certified at a dealership
may be part of a manufacturer’s CPO program, though. The term may refer to the
dealer’s own program, offering similar benefits without the brand’s direct
involvement. In cases like this, the inspection process involved should still
be comprehensive and ensure all aspects of the vehicle’s performance offers
real value, but it’s still worth checking with your dealer before making a
With a CPO purchase, you’re basically paying for a vehicle
which feels as good as new and has been certified to offer the very best
service expected. While most experienced, reputable used car dealerships sell
vehicles that are thoroughly checked and well-presented to deliver outstanding
value anyway, CPO cars may put customers’ minds at ease a little better.
CPO vehicles are generally late-model cars with low mileage
and without any history of major damage. Manufacturers have their own CPO
programs, and some used car dealerships have comparable CPO programs in place. Eden Autos, for example,
makes sure that every car and truck they sell is a certified
pre-owned vehicle, and each comes with:
5-Day Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee
- A 3-month
/ 4,500-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty.
- A 125-Point
Inspection to ensure quality.
CARFAX vehicle history report to make sure that each car has no history of
flood, fire damage, frame damage, or odometer problems.
for GWC Best-in-Class warranties that range from basic powertrain components
to extensive coverage that rival manufacturer’s factory warranties.
Eden’s CPO vehicles are subject to the extensive inspection
process to make sure customers receive real value and ongoing support. The 125-point
inspection covers such vital areas as road testing, vehicle interior and
exterior, under-hood components, vehicle diagnostics, under-body, and more.
It’s very comprehensive, with several steps within each section. The road test,
for example, checks numerous elements, including: engine noise and idling,
acceleration and cruising, and shift interlock working properly.
If you need a new vehicle, a CPO car could be the perfect choice.
CPO programs are perfect if you want to invest in a vehicle which feels almost
new and delivers exceptional performance, but without having to pay the high
prices associated with factory-fresh models. The additional benefits – such as extended
warranties – can provide further value for the money, saving on extra costs in
Financing a brand-new model is often a massive investment on
top of your other expenses, but a CPO vehicle is a much more affordable option
that delivers outstanding value. In effect, a CPO program offers the best of
both worlds: a used vehicle which has been well cared for and refined (if needed)
to be as good as new, without the next-level expense. A dealership like
Autos, with a large selection of used vehicles, will be able to match the model
to your unique needs and budget, ensuring the best return on your investment.
As stated above, every car and truck in Eden Autos’
is a GWC Warranty Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. That means all the vehicles are
thoroughly checked out and determined to be in good operating condition before
they are available for sale.
And don’t forget about financing; Eden Autos has flexible
and competitive financing
options to meet the individual needs of our customers, including financial
solutions for customers with more challenged credit issues. Give us a call or
stop in to see one of our committed staff and we’ll make sure
you get the right vehicle that meets your needs, with financing that’s