Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

A used car comes with a history that may or may not come back to haunt you. If a previous owner was negligent in providing care, you could find yourself stuck with a vehicle that drains your finances with hefty repair bills.

One way to protect yourself is to purchase a used car that’s part of a manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program (CPO). These factory CPO vehicles have to meet strict requirements regarding age and mileage, and they offer warranties designed to provide you with peace of mind.

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Leased vehicles typically benefit from regular servicing, and many factory CPO vehicles were leased in their previous lives. All factory CPO vehicles must pass a rigorous inspection before being offered for sale to car shoppers.

Different manufacturers have different inspection requirements, warranties and benefits when it comes to their CPO programs. Below are some key details regarding CPO programs offered by various carmakers.

Acura

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/80,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty from date new-car warranty expires, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from original date of new-car warranty registration
  • Benefits: 182-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Audi

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile limited warranty from original new-vehicle in-service date
  • Benefits: 300-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

BMW

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

This 2011 3 Series is right at the cusp of BMW’s 5-year age cut off for certified pre-owned vehicles.

(BMW)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000 for Certified Pre-Owned, 5/15,001 for Certified Pre-Owned Elite
  • Warranty: One-year/25,000-mile limited warranty for Certified Pre-Owned, two-year/50,000-mile limited warranty for Certified Pre-Owned Elite, and both begin after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
  • Benefits: Multi-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Buick

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/75,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty beginning on date of CPO purchase, six-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on original in-service date
  • Benefits: 172-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Cadillac

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: Two-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty
  • Benefits: 172-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Chevrolet

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

A certified pre-owned 2013 Cruze could qualify for Chevrolet’s 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

(Chevrolet)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/75,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty beginning on date of CPO purchase, six-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on original in-service date
  • Benefits: 172-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Chrysler

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/75,000
  • Warranty: Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care limited warranty from date of CPO purchase, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date vehicle was sold new
  • Benefits: 125-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Dodge

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/75,000
  • Warranty: Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care limited warranty from date of CPO purchase, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date vehicle was sold new
  • Benefits: 125-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Fiat

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

In order to be certified pre-owned Fiat vehicles, such as this 500 Abarth, must undergo a 125-point inspection.

(Fiat)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/75,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/80,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty from date vehicle was sold as new
  • Benefits: 125-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Ford

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/80,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty beginning on date of CPO purchase or after expiration of new-car warranty (whichever comes later), seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on new-vehicle warranty start date
  • Benefits: 172-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

GMC

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/75,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty beginning on date of CPO purchase, six-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on original in-service date
  • Benefits: 172-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Honda

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

Certified pre-owned Hondas, such as this 2012 Fit Sport, come with an available 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warrant. 

(Honda/Wieck)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/80,000
  • Warranty: Seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on original in-service date, four-year/48,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty beginning on original in-service date or one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty beginning on date of CPO delivery to buyer if vehicle is purchased after expiration of new-vehicle warranty
  • Benefits: 182-point inspection, vehicle history report

Hyundai

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from original in-service date, five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty from original in-service date
  • Benefits: 150-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Infiniti

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/70,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/75,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty from original in-service date if vehicle has less than 15,000 miles, six-year/unlimited-miles comprehensive limited warranty from original in-service date if vehicle has more than 15,000 miles and is less than 48 months old, two-year/unlimited-miles comprehensive limited warranty from CPO sale date if vehicle has more than 15,000 miles and is more than 48 months old
  • Benefits: 167-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Jaguar

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

Is that new Jag you’ve been eying just a bit outside your price range? Perhaps a certified pre-own model, such as this 2014 XJ, fits your budget better.

(Jaguar)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from original in-service date
  • Benefits: 165-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Jeep

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/75,000
  • Warranty: Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care limited warranty from date of CPO purchase, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date vehicle was sold new
  • Benefits: 125-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Kia

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from original in-service date,12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty from date of CPO purchase
  • Benefits: 150-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Land Rover

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

For the 2014 model year, the LR4 receives a revised front fascia and new 8-speed automatic. The latter should help boost the LR4’s fuel-guzzling mileage numbers (12/17-mpg city/highway)

(Land Rover)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from original in-service date
  • Benefits: 165-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Lexus

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/70,000
  • Warranty: Two-year/unlimited-miles limited warranty beginning after expiration of new-car warranty or beginning with CPO purchase, whichever occurs later
  • Benefits: 161-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Lincoln

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/60,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty beginning on new-vehicle warranty start date
  • Benefits: 200-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Mazda

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

In addition to a 150-point inspection, Mazda’s certified pre-owned vehicles come with roadside assistance and a vehicle history report.

(Mazda)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/80,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty beginning on date of CPO purchase or after expiration of new-car warranty (whichever comes later), seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on new-vehicle warranty start date
  • Benefits: 150-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Mercedes-Benz

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/75,000
  • Warranty: One-year/unlimited-miles limited warranty beginning on date of CPO purchase or after expiration of new-car warranty (whichever comes later)
  • Benefits: 164-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Mini

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: Two-year/50,000-mile limited warranty beginning after expiration of new-car warranty
  • Benefits: Multi-point inspection, roadside assistance

Mitsubishi

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

Mitsubishi offers a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty for certified pre-owned vehicles, starting on the car’s original in-service date.

(Mitsubishi)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/60,000
  • Warranty: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty beginning on vehicle’s original in-service date, five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty beginning on vehicle’s original in-service date
  • Benefits: 123-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Nissan

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/80,000
  • Warranty: Seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from original in-service date
  • Benefits: 167-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Porsche

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 8/100,000
  • Warranty: Six-year/100,000-mile limited warranty from date vehicle was sold new
  • Benefits: 111-point inspection, roadside assistance, two-year/50,000-mile limited warranty from date of CPO purchase if vehicle is no longer under new-vehicle warranty at time of purchase

Ram

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

Ram trucks are eligible for certified pre-owned status up to 5 years or 75,000 miles.

(Christian Wardlaw )

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/75,000
  • Warranty: Three-month/3,000-mile maximum care limited warranty from date of CPO purchase, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date vehicle was sold new
  • Benefits: 125-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Scion

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/85,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty from date of CPO purchase, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date car was sold as new
  • Benefits: 160-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Subaru

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/80,000
  • Warranty: Seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date car was sold as new
  • Benefits: 152-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Toyota

Your guide to Certified Pre-Owned programs from every manufacturer

Toyota Hybrids, such as this 2012 Camry, under go a 174-point inspection, while gas-only models have a 160-point inspection.

(Toyota)

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/85,000
  • Warranty: 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty from date of CPO purchase, seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty from date car was sold as new
  • Benefits: 160-point inspection for gas-only models, 174-point inspection for hybrids, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Volkswagen

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 6/75,000
  • Warranty: Two-year/24,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty from expiration of new-car warranty or date of CPO purchase (whichever comes later)
  • Benefits: 112-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

Volvo

  • Age (Years)/Mileage Limit: 5/80,000
  • Warranty: Seven-year/100,000-mile limited warranty beginning on original in-service date
  • Benefits: 130-point inspection, roadside assistance, vehicle history report

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