Yes, You Can Buy a Certified Pre-Owned Exotic Car

Here’s something you may not have realized: you can buy an exotic car with a certified pre-owned warranty from the automaker. Although most people associate "certified pre-owned" with mainstream brands or luxury brands like BMW or Mercedes-Benz, exotic car brands have certified pre-owned programs — and while we’ve covered a few of them before, it’s been almost four years, so I figured it was time for a little revisit. And so, here are a few certified pre-owned programs from exotic car brands.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin’s certified pre-owned program, which I took full advantage of years ago when buying a 2007 V8 Vantage, offers a year of comprehensive coverage with no mileage limit. The warranty can then be extended for additional coverage beyond the first year, at a fee, similar to other certified pre-owned warranties from exotic brands. In order to qualify for the CPO warranty, the car has to be 10 years old or newer.

Bentley

Bentley’s certified pre-owned program offers one year of comprehensive coverage with no mileage limit. The certified pre-owned warranty can be extended or renewed, but not after the car reaches 10 years of age. There are a surprising number of certified pre-owned Bentley models on Autotrader, including many under $100,000, which look quite a bit more appealing once you tack on a manufacturer-backed warranty.

Ferrari

Although Ferrari’s certified pre-owned program is needlessly complicated, the basic gist is the same as many other exotic brands: one year of comprehensive coverage, with some exceptions, and you can renew it every year until the car is 12 years old. Renewals are expensive, but it’s nice to have peace of mind when you’re driving a potentially expensive Ferrari.

Maserati

Maserati’s certified pre-owned program is better than most exotic brands, though that’s largely because Maserati is changing tactics to compete more closely with mainstream luxury brands like BMW and Audi — so it has to have a warranty that matches. The result is a bumper-to-bumper warranty with no mileage limit that runs for six years from the original sale date of the car, which is impressive coverage — and it means a certified pre-owned 2016 Maserati, for instance, will still have roughly three years of comprehensive coverage.

Porsche

Porsche’s certified pre-owned warranty is excellent and highly competitive with mainstream brands, which shouldn’t be a surprise as Porsche isn’t quite as "exotic" as most of the other brands on this list. For Porsche’s CPO warranty, vehicles must be eight years old or newer and have less than 100,000 miles on the odometer. Vehicles can then be certified and offer an additional two years of warranty coverage after the original warranty ends, with no mileage limit. That provides excellent peace of mind for many owners who are buying their first high-end luxury sports car with a Boxster, Cayman or 911.

Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce’s CPO program, which is called Provenance, provides warranty coverage that fulfills the original manufacturer warranty, then adds either 12 or 24 months of extra coverage, depending on what you select. It’s an appealing program, considering that it keeps a manufacturer warranty in place and dramatically cuts down on the cost of Rolls-Royce models, which can be incredibly expensive to buy new.

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