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What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

If you’re a first time car buyer, you may be wondering about the difference between CPO (meaning certified pre-owned vehicles) and other used cars. CPO models are a special category of low-mileage used vehicles from recent model years. 

So, what does certified pre-owned mean for Martinsville buyers? You can count on CPO vehicles to deliver like-new reliability, and they come with additional benefits that you won’t get with regular used vehicles. In the guide below from Gunter CDJR Martinsville, we’ll delve into the CPO meaning and requirements to help you choose a used car that fits your needs and budget!



What Qualifies a Vehicle as Certified Pre-Owned?

To be designated as CPO, a vehicle must meet a strict series of requirements. Automotive brands have their own CPO programs, so a vehicle’s CPO requirements and benefits will vary depending on the manufacturer. So what does certified pre-owned mean when it comes to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM models?

  • Model Year – Most CPO vehicles must be no more than four to six years old. For RAM models, the cutoff is five years or less.
  • Mileage – All CPO vehicles must be under a mileage limit set by the manufacturer. For Chrysler models, the limit is 75,000 miles or less.
  • Vehicle History Report – For each CPO model, the previous owner has provided a thorough and satisfactory vehicle history report. This ensures that the car received all manufacturer-recommended services in a timely manner.
  • Inspection – All CPO models must pass a multi-point inspection performed by a technician at a certified dealership. A Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram-certified dealership must perform a multi-point inspection for quality. For example, the Dodge 125-point inspection checklist includes inspection of brake-lines, front and rear suspension, and emission system hoses.

Benefits of Certified Pre-Owned Cars

CPO models strike a perfect balance between new models and used models. You’ll save money, but you’ll also get the quality assurance and warranty coverage of a new model:

  • Buy with Confidence – When you buy CPO, you can rest assured that your vehicle will perform as reliably as a new model on your Danville commute.
  • Warranty Coverage – CPO vehicles come with extended warranty coverage to protect your investment. For instance, the RAM CPO Limited Warranty covers repair or replacement of most major power train components including transmission, engine and driveline for six years or 80,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Test Drive Your Favorite CPO Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Model in Ridgeway!

Now that you know more about the CPO meaning compared to other used cars, contact us to schedule a test drive with your favorite models! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions about CPO benefits and requirements for Reidsville, NC-area drivers.

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