If you’re thinking about buying a used car, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. Certified vehicles are sold through name-brand car dealers and come with manufacturer-backed warranties, which often extends powertrain and bumper-to-bumper coverage for several years in the future. Best of all, they frequently come with incentives and special offers, too. We’ve rounded up a few of today’s top CPO deals to help you find a great certified used car at an even better price.
Although Audi often declines to offer any incentives on its new vehicles, the brand has a good offer available this month on its certified pre-owned models. Through the end of April, qualified shoppers looking to finance a certified pre-owned 2012 or 2013 Audi can do so at 1.9 percent interest for 72 months — a very good offer for a used vehicle. Of course, the deal is sweetened by Audi’s excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which extends for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date.
BMW’s certified pre-owned warranty is among the best in the luxury-car business, touting bumper-to-bumper coverage for 6 years or 100,000 miles from the car’s original sale date. But the program is especially enticing through the end of April, as BMW has a special finance offer available that’s designed to help convince drivers to pick a certified pre-owned model. It provides 0.9 percent interest to qualified drivers on all certified pre-owned 2012 and 2013 BMW models, and it also includes the 2011 3 Series. It’s a strong offer, as we have a tough time believing most banks will be able to beat 0.9 percent, especially on a pre-owned vehicle.
Buick’s certified pre-owned program is a little more comprehensive than GM’s standard CPO warranty. Indeed, it offers not only the standard 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, but also an additional year of powertrain protection (bringing the total to 6 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date). The program also includes a thorough inspection, 2 years of free maintenance and a free subscription to GM’s OnStar service. Right now, shoppers interested in the Buick LaCrosse have another reason to consider the brand’s CPO program: Through the end of the month, Buick is offering 0 percent interest on certified pre-owned LaCrosse models for up to 36 months.
Ford’s certified pre-owned program offers a little extra peace of mind for shoppers interested in a used car. That’s because the program offers a 7-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, along with a 1-year or 12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper plan. And then there are other perks, such as a free trial of SiriusXM radio and full transferability to new owners. But the best part is the brand’s special financing, which touts 1.9 percent interest for up to 66 months on certified pre-owned Edge, Escape, Fusion and F-150 models; that’s not a bad deal in the occasionally difficult realm of used-car financing.
Hyundai’s certified pre-owned program is highly impressive, as it reinstates the brand’s excellent 5-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage along with the famous 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain protection. As if that didn’t make the Hyundai CPO program alluring enough, consider this: Through the end of the month, the brand is offering 1.9 percent interest on all certified pre-owned Hyundai models for up to 36 months. That’s a good number in the world of used cars, where interest rates are often considerably higher than they are for new vehicles.
Kia’s certified pre-owned program is one of the best on the market, as it restores the brand’s famous 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty that’s typically lost when a Kia winds up with the second owner. And this month, Kia’s certified pre-owned program is even better than usual thanks to a few incentives from the automaker. Through the end of the month, Kia is offering 1.9 percent interest for up to 60 months on all CPO cars, along with 2.9 percent for up to 72 months. But shoppers interested in a CPO Optima or Sorento can get an even better deal, as Kia is offering those models with 0 percent interest for up to 36 months.
Although Lincoln has a $100 deductible for covered repairs, the brand’s other CPO benefits make it worthy of consideration, such as a 6-year or 100,000-mile warranty from the original sale date and full transferability to subsequent owners. The program is even more enticing in April, as Lincoln is offering two incentives to help allure shoppers: 1.9 percent interest for up to 66 months on most certified pre-owned Lincoln models or 1.9 percent interest for up to 72 months on the boldly styled MKZ.
Volkswagen’s certified pre-owned warranty provides coverage in two areas. For one, there’s a 2-year or 24,000-mile bumper-to-bumper plan that covers just about everything you can imagine, outside of traditional wear items. But CPO Volkswagen models also get the balance of the original powertrain warranty, which lasts for up to 4 years or 50,000 miles. A complementary vehicle-history report and a free trial of SiriusXM radio are icing on the cake, as is the brand’s latest special financing offer, which touts 0.9 percent interest for up to 36 months on all certified pre-owned Passat models through the end of April.
What it means to you: Our list of CPO deals shows that you can still take advantage of enticing manufacturer-backed incentives — and a long warranty — even if you choose a pre-owned car.