When you decide to buy a new vehicle you have the option between buying new or used. New vehicles don’t have a history you need to worry about, but they’re also pricier. You can save money buying used, but there are bigger risks involved. One way to minimize those risks is turning to certified pre-owned vehicles.

Let’s explore certified pre-owned cars and some companies offering these programs.

What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

A certified pre-owned vehicle is one where a manufacturer, or an authorized dealer’s mechanic, thoroughly inspects a used vehicle before it’s sold. Shoppers will know it’s in good shape rather than being a “lemon” as a result.

On top of this, certified pre-owned programs come with extended warranties from the manufacturer. This means certain repairs would be covered by your local dealership if they occur during the covered time.

Sometimes these programs even give you other perks such as free rentals if the vehicle goes in for repairs or free roadside service if you need to have the car towed.

5 Car Companies with Certified Pre-Owned Programs

Most car manufacturers offer some level of certified pre-owned vehicles. Let’s look at five examples and what their programs cover.*

1. Lexus

  • Unlimited mileage warranty for up to 6 years
  • $0 deductible for warranty repairs
  • A 161 point inspection
  • Roadside assistance
  • Free first maintenance (oil and oil filter change)
  • Trip interruption coverage if the car breaks down, interfering with travel plans
  • A loaner car during warranty repairs

Learn more about the L/Certified program.

2. Kia

  • 10-yr / 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
  • 12-month / 12,000 mile platinum coverage
  • 10-yr unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan
  • 24 hr roadside assistance
  • 164 point inspection
  • Towing / Rental / Travel breakdown coverage
  • CARFAX report on the vehicle’s history
  • 3-month SiriusXM trial on factory equipped pre-owned vehicles

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles from Kia.

3. Acura

  • 12-month / 12,000 mile certified limited warranty
  • 7-yr / 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
  • 182 point inspection
  • 24-hr roadside assistance in the US and Canada
  • Rental reimbursements
  • Concierge service
  • Access to service records for the vehicle
  • Trip interruption benefits

Learn more about the Acura certified pre-owned program.

4. Hyundai

  • 5-yr / 60,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty
  • 10-yr / 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
  • 173 point inspection
  • CARFAX report on the vehicle’s history
  • Rental car reimbursement
  • 24-hr roadside assistance
  • Travel interruption reimbursement
  • 90-day SiriusXM trial

Learn more about the Hyundai certified pre-owned program.

5. GM

  • 6-yr / 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
  • 12-month / 12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty
  • 172 point inspection
  • 2 included maintenance visits
  • 24/7 roadside assistance with courtesy transportation
  • Up to 3 months OnStar services trial
  • Applies to Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC vehicles

Learn more about GM certified pre-owned vehicles.

Certified pre-owned autos give you some of the perks of new vehicles with the lower costs of buying used. Whether you’re looking to spend less overall or get more car for your money, consider pre-owned programs for your next vehicle purchase.

* Pre-owned program terms were advertised as accurate as of the time of writing. These terms may change in the future.


Robert Gombos

Robert Gombos

Robert Gombos has 15+ years of successful Marketing experience in the software and Internet industries. Combined with BS/MS studies.