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The Facts Behind Certified Used Vehicles

“Certified” is stamped on most everything these days. It’s also the latest buzzword - and big business - in used cars. 

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Buying a pre-owned certified used vehicle provides peace of mind to a buyer, as it signifies that the used vehicle was inspected and repaired (where necessary) to be in optimal condition before being offered as a certified used vehicle for sale.

The Process - How Used Cars are Certified

The used car certification process begins when a vehicle is removed from a rental fleet, the lease on a vehicle expires, a used auto is traded in, or a dealer purchases a vehicle via wholesale auction for resale to consumers. 

The pre-owned vehicles are then sent through a rigorous and comprehensive inspection - usually 100 points or more, including all major systems and components such as brakes, steering, suspension, transmission, electrical, and air conditioning and heating.Vehicle components that do not pass are either repaired or replaced.

The Questions

Certification doesn’t always ensure the quality of used vehicles, so be sure to verify the details of the auto dealer used car certification process by asking these questions:

  • Can I have a copy of the vehicle inspection checklist? An auto dealer should acknowledge what they inspected.
  • How long did the vehicle inspection take? To properly evaluate an automobile is a time-consuming procedure.
  • Who, exactly, inspected the vehicle? Ensure the inspection is performed by a technician who has passed industry standard qualifications, such as an ASE-Certified technician.

The Perks of Certified Used Cars

Make the most of your next used vehicle purchase by ensuring your auto dealer follows a thorough process for certified pre-owned vehicles, answers all of your questions and offers the added perks that contribute to your peace of mind at the point of purchase and for miles down the road.