“Certified” is a term thrown around a lot these days in the world of cars. Whether it’s the media, dealerships, or automakers themselves, the word probably doesn’t mean much if you don’t know exactly what “certified” entails. Most often, “certified” means that used or pre-owned vehicles are backed by your local dealer, like Mountaineer Mitsubishi, and carry warranties beyond the new car warranty.
To be considered a “certified pre-owned” vehicle, the warranty has to be backed by the manufacturer. Not all used cars will qualify as certified pre-owned vehicles, and the terms tend to vary from one brand to another.
The process to be considered a certified pre-owned vehicle usually includes at least a 100-point inspection. Factory-trained technicians will then fix any problems or disqualify the vehicle from the program.
In general, the certified warranty comes into effect when the original new vehicle warranty expires. Like a new vehicle warranty, the certified warranty covers the car for a specified number of years or miles.
Customers who purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle are usually eligible for benefits normally reserved for new car customers. These benefits can include roadside assistance, free maintenance, low rate loans, shuttle service, and much more. You may also be able to negotiate more benefits when purchasing the vehicle.
Many certified pre-owned benefits may not even relate to the vehicle itself. Services like trip routing and trip interruption protection are usually included in the certified program. You may also be eligible for reimbursement for lodging, food, car rental, and maintenance should your vehicle breakdown while traveling.
When you buy a certified pre-owned vehicle, you aren’t getting a run-of-the-mill used car. You’re getting a vehicle backed by the original manufacturer, which guarantees that the vehicle is in good condition and repairs are covered.
Many automakers offer the certified program. Each has their own benefits and while it’s no reason to buy a specific brand or model, it certainly doesn’t hurt.