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If you're searching for a used car that will last for a while, you might be interested in a certified pre-owned vehicle. Although CPO vehicles are still used cars, they're almost always only a few years old, and they typically undergo a thorough inspection before going on sale. Certified pre-owned vehicles also carry a manufacturer-backed warranty for improved peace of mind. Which automaker has the best certified pre-owned plan? To help you figure out where to start your search for a used car with the best possible warranty, we've listed today's top certified pre-owned programs.

Audi

The Audi certified pre-owned warranty program accepts any vehicle that's 5 years old or newer with 60,000 or fewer miles on the odometer. To get the most out of the warranty, you'll want to purchase the newest model possible, and one with less than 50,000 miles. The certified pre-owned warranty extends the original bumper-to-bumper coverage by 2 years or up to 50,000 miles, capping it at 6 years or 100,000 miles. That's a pretty good certified pre-owned warranty; most rival brands extend only the powertrain warranty rather than the far more comprehensive bumper-to-bumper plan. Our only complaint is that the warranty includes an $85 deductible per visit.

BMW

BMW's certified pre-owned warranty is among our favorites. It extends a used BMW's bumper-to-bumper warranty for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles. That's excellent news for prospective BMW owners because parts and labor costs for the upscale brand can be notoriously expensive. BMW's certified pre-owned warranty is also fully transferable in a private party sale, provided that you purchased your certified pre-owned BMW after January 1, 2014. Unfortunately, BMW's warranty comes with a $50 deductible, but that beats shelling out big money on a major breakdown with no warranty.

Hyundai

Although Hyundai's certified pre-owned warranty mostly continues the automaker's original factory warranty, that still makes Hyundai's CPO plan among the best in the business. Hyundai's factory warranty is tremendous. It offers 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage, and 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage -- all of which is still in place if you buy a certified pre-owned model. The warranty also boasts no deductible, 90 days of SiriusXM satellite radio and 24-hour roadside assistance for 10 years after the car's original sale date.

Kia

Although Kia's certified pre-owned warranty isn't quite on the level of its Hyundai sister brand, it's still enticing. Bumper-to-bumper coverage is capped at 1 year or 12,000 miles from the original purchase date, which gives you a year of worry-free driving. Most importantly, however, any certified pre-owned Kia comes with the remainder of its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain plan. That means that you'll be covered under warranty if any of the car's major components break within 10 years of its original sale date.

Lexus

Over the years, Lexus has developed a strong reputation for durability and dependability, so you might never need to use the brand's certified pre-owned warranty. Just in case you do, it's certainly there to help. Lexus's warranty offers 3 years and up to 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the day you purchase the car, not from its original in-service date. That means that you get 3 years of worry-free driving coupled with Lexus's excellent dealership customer service. The warranty also includes a complimentary loaner car and no deductible.

MINI

MINI's warranty is a lot like BMW's, its parent brand. This is a good thing for drivers interested in a worry-free driving experience. Yes, there's a $50 deductible per visit, but everything else is good news for used-car shoppers. MINI gives you the balance of its 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with an extra 2 years or 50,000 miles tacked on at the end. Of course, the MINI certified pre-owned warranty also requires dealers to perform a multipoint inspection before the car is ever offered for sale.

Porsche

Porsche's certified pre-owned program offers some of the best warranty coverage in the business, especially for a luxury brand. For a certified pre-owned Porsche with an expired original manufacturer warranty, the automaker offers 2-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage. If the certified pre-owned Porsche is still within its original warranty period, Porsche will extend the bumper-to-bumper warranty for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles. Best of all, Porsche's certified pre-owned program covers cars up to 8 years old and with up to 100,000 miles on the odometer, meaning that you don't necessarily need to spend a fortune to buy a pre-owned Porsche with a comprehensive warranty.

Volvo

The Volvo certified pre-owned program offers impressive warranty coverage, especially for a luxury brand. It provides bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the car's original in-service date, and it allows drivers to extend coverage for up to 8 years or 125,000 total miles. The program also boasts a comprehensive inspection, roadside assistance and, best of all, no deductible. It's fully transferable, should you sell your Volvo during the warranty period. Many industry observers say that Volvo's warranty is the best in the luxury car world, and we tend to agree.

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