When buying a new car, many people opt for a used car instead of brand new. While this decision is usually financially smarter, there are, of course, still some risks associated with buying a used car. To help alleviate some of those risks, many manufacturers offer certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. But you might be wondering what that means and if there is any real difference between a standard used car and one that is CPO.
We’ll take a look at some of the differences to help show you why buying a CPO car is a great choice.
We all know what a used car is—a car that someone else has already owned and has mileage and wear and tear. It may or may not get an inspection and likely won’t come with any kind of warranty.
However, with a Certified Pre-Owned Car, you are still getting a used car, but before it gets that “certified” status, it undergoes a thorough inspection and it comes with a warranty.
For Ford CPO cars, they undergo a 172-point inspection that includes a road test to check for correct operation, an underbody inspection, checking under the hood, and more. This thorough inspection helps give you peace of mind knowing that there shouldn’t be any hidden damage or faulty components that will cause you problems down the road. See below for more information on Ford's CPO.
We touched on CPO in general, but Ford has one of the most intensive programs when it comes to declaring a vehicle CPO. Between buying new and buying used, buying Ford Certified Pre-Owned means getting the best of both worlds. Here’s why:
Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicles undergo a meticulous inspection by highly trained service specialists. These specialists rigorously follow a 172-point inspection checklist.
This checklist requires a road test, where mechanics ensure a healthy start-up, cold/hot performance and normal engine sounds. Brakes and drivetrain are fully inspected as is the cleanliness and condition of the interior mats and surfaces, among many other areas.
Every Ford Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle comes with a comprehensive limited warranty. The warranty covers over 1,000 components in areas like Engine, Transmission, Steering components and Brakes. Warranty term is 12 months/12,000 miles.
Ford CPO vehicles also come with a powertrain limited warranty. For a term of 7 Years/100,000 miles, Ford covers major powertrain repairs. This warranty is also transferrable to future owners, increasing resale value.
There are a host of other benefits to buying a Ford CPO vehicle. A CARFAX Vehicle History Report is included with every vehicle. 24-Hour Roadside Assistance is offered as well, which includes towing assistance and rental car reimbursement.
Best of Both Worlds
When you buy a new vehicle, you not only get to enjoy the benefits of a warranty but having just rolled off the assembly line, you can be sure your new vehicle is in great working order.
When you buy a used vehicle, you could get more advanced features compared to a new vehicle at the same price, and you get better value since the vehicle’s depreciation has leveled off.
With a Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, you get to enjoy all of these benefits in one vehicle. If you have any more questions about the benefits of buying a CPO car, stop by Mangold Ford today and we’ll show our fantastic and ever-changing CPO inventory.
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