Archive for the ‘Pre-Owned Vehicle’ Category

postheadericon Certified Pre-Owned Vs. Extended Warranty

Buying a used vehicle can be very confusing for consumers, particularly for first-time buyers. There are now multiple classifications of used cars and the warranties that cover them.

Certified Pre-Owned

Certified Pre-Owned, or CPO, is a type of used vehicle that has undergone repairs, refurbishing and inspection by either the manufacturer or an approved franchised dealership.

Extended Warranty

An extended warranty is a guarantee that protects any used vehicle—not just CPOs— for which a consumer chooses to purchase the warranty.

Certified Pre-Owned vs. Extended Warranty

A CPO typically undergoes extensive inspection and restoration, so the vehicle itself is likely in better condition than a non-certified used vehicle.

An extended warranty simply protects the consumer if the vehicle exhibits certain flaws, defects or problems that need repair. Read the rest of this entry »

postheadericon When to Inspect a Pre-Owned Vehicle

Shopping for reliable, safe used cars can be daunting. There are a few things that you can do to make the experience easier on yourself. First, if you are unfamiliar with evaluating pre-owned vehicles, try these tips on your own car so you can get a feel for what to look and listen for.

If you are visiting a dealer to peruse used cars, visit first thing in the morning, as soon as they open. This way you know the auto has not been pre-started. You can hear a vehicle start cold, that is always best. Sometimes not-so-reliable dealers pre-start the vehicles so they start easier. Don’t let a dealer tell you to come back in 15 minutes, they will just get the car running ahead of time. Another reason to shop in the morning is that you can see better. All of an auto’s faults stand out better in bright sunshine.

Don’t rush a pre-owned auto inspection. Make sure you leave plenty of time to inspect the auto thoroughly. Don’t bring small children who will be bored and need to leave. Also don’t let a salesperson rush you. There are thousands of pre-owned cars, if this one is in danger of being sold, there will be more. Last, shop in good weather. You need to hear how the auto sounds while you are driving it, heavy rain can mask unusual auto sounds.