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There are many reasons why you're probably drawn to a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle, from the long, manufacturer-backed warranty to the excellent discount from the original price. But it isn't always easy to find the certified pre-owned car you're looking for. To show you what we mean, we've rounded up the eight hardest certified pre-owned cars to find based on the total number of overall searches compared to the total number of listings on Autotrader. If you're looking for one of these models, you might have more competition than you'd expect, and that means you likely won't have the same negotiating power that you might with other cars.

BMW 6 Series

The BMW 6 Series is the certified pre-owned vehicle with the highest demand and the lowest supply on Autotrader. Why is that? Well, for one thing, the 6 Series is a pricy proposition when new, but prices for certified pre-owned models rival other BMWs such as the 5 Series, as the average certified pre-owned 6 Series is listed for around $59,300 on Autotrader. Another benefit is that even as the 6 Series gets older, it doesn't shed a bit of its handsome design. Choose a certified pre-owned 6 Series, and you'll also get BMW's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which offers coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date.

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Land Rover Range Rover

It's no surprise that the Range Rover is high on our list of models with strong certified pre-owned demand and little supply. We say that because there are still waiting lists for certain new Range Rover models, prompting some owners to consider used and certified pre-owned versions instead. One added benefit is Land Rover's strong certified pre-owned warranty, which offers coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date, making it one of the best programs in the industry. Interested? Despite used status, the average asking price for a certified pre-owned Range Rover on Autotrader is still a pricy $78,200.

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Audi S5

The Audi S5 is a handsome 2-door model that mates the beautiful styling of the brand's A5 line with a high-performance powertrain. In recent years, that powertrain has been a 333-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6, which is offered with S5 Coupe or Convertible models and comes in manual or automatic guise. Unfortunately, there aren't enough S5 models to go around. With only 111 different certified pre-owned examples listed nationwide on Autotrader with an average price of around $44,600, we can see why demand is high, especially since each one includes Audi's bumper-to-bumper certified pre-owned warranty, which offers 6 years or 100,000 miles of total coverage from the original sale date.

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Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX is essentially a compact car on steroids, offering a powerful turbocharged engine, standard all-wheel drive and sedan or hatchback body styles. We love the WRX, as does virtually everyone who drives it, thanks to a potent 270-hp engine -- or if you opt for a high-performance WRX STI model, a raucous 305 hp. We also love the car's handling and its reasonable pricing. The average certified pre-owned WRX is listed on Autotrader for less than $30,000. If you're interested, however, you may have to act fast, as the WRX is fourth among the hardest certified pre-owned cars to find.

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Chevrolet Corvette

It's no surprise that the Chevrolet Corvette is highly sought-after on the used market, as the pricy sports car has legions of fans who are eager to get their hands on a used model -- one with lower prices than a brand-new Corvette. It's also no surprise that certified pre-owned 'Vettes are so popular, since Chevrolet's certified pre-owned program offers 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from your purchase date and 5 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection from the original sale date. The Corvette is also recently redesigned, which further enhances its appeal. If you're interested, there are currently around 600 certified pre-owned Corvette models available nationwide on Autotrader with an average asking price of around $55,500.

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Chevrolet Colorado

We have no trouble believing that the Chevy Colorado is in strong demand on the used market, as the recently released pickup only just came out. That means there's a wide range of shoppers interested in the truck, many of whom likely don't want to pay full price for a new one. But finding a used Colorado can be tricky, as there are only around 100 different certified pre-owned examples currently listed on Autotrader across the country. We see the appeal, though. In addition to getting a good deal compared to a brand-new model, shoppers who choose a certified pre-owned Colorado also get Chevy's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which touts 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 5 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.

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Audi S4

Like the S5 we've listed above, the Audi S4 is a high-performance version of a standard Audi model -- in this case, the brand's A4 sedan. Featuring the same 333-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as the S5 and manual or automatic transmissions, the S4 has a lot going for it, especially when you consider its luxurious interior, standard all-wheel drive and handsome styling. Factor in Audi's certified pre-owned warranty, and you have another good reason to consider the S4, as certified pre-owned Audi models offer 6 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. The average certified pre-owned S4 is listed on Autotrader for $42,900. The only problem? It isn't easy to find a certified pre-owned S4, as there are fewer than 200 examples available nationwide.

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Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a popular luxury SUV that combines sports-car performance with SUV practicality. Certified pre-owned models also have another trick up their sleeve, as Porsche's certified pre-owned warranty is among the best in the business. It offers coverage for up to 6 years or 100,000 total miles if the car is still under warranty when you buy it and 2 years or 50,000 miles if it isn't still under warranty. These models also offer a good discount, as the average certified pre-owned Cayenne is available for $64,100 on Autotrader -- a good deal when you consider how many pricy S, GTS and Turbo models are listed. If you're interested, there are around 400 different CPO Cayenne models listed on Autotrader, but you may have to act fast to get your hands on one.

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