- CPO makes the most sense with luxury cars.
- Infiniti’s program is good but has different levels.
- Can CPO save money over a new car?.
We’re spending a year in a gently used, certified pre-owned (CPO) Infiniti QX60 to show just how different it is from getting a new car. Or, maybe it’s not that different at all.
Earlier this year, a high school friend posted this simple statement online: "New cars are getting sooo expensive." By the end of that day, there were more than 200 comments of people sharing how they ended up getting a different car or posting a pic of a used car they bought that they believed to be an especially great deal. Nobody mentioned CPO. Well, I did. But about 70 percent of the responses were along the lines of, "What’s that?"
And that’s exactly why we want to dive in and live with a CPO car like the QX60. My personal opinion is that CPO makes the most sense when it comes to luxury cars. For example, this specific QX60 had a retail price of $60,000 when new in 2018 although the starting price is more like $43,000 plus $2,000 for all-wheel drive. KBB.com says a CPO buyer should expect to pay between $34,000 and $38,000 depending on condition and miles if you buy from a dealer. I found several on Autotrader for $30,000 and I found several 2015 models with less than 40,000 miles for around $25,000.
You might be asking, "Since when is an Infiniti QX60 $60,000?" Well, our car is a 2018 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD. For the sake of comparison, our QX60 is equipped like this:
Base price (when new) for the AWD 2018 QX60: $45,100
Deluxe Tech Package — $7,300. This package includes a 15-speaker Bose audio system, maple accents, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, quilted leather seats in the first two rows, adaptive cruise control, predictive forward-collision warning, emergency forward braking, lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, 20-in wheels with H-rated all-season tires, motion activated rear lift gate and a lot more.
Theater Package — $2,150. Includes an in-dash CD/DVD player, two video screens in the back of the front headrests, two wireless headphones and a rear headphone jack with volume control, a wireless remote control, HDMI port and extra power ports.
Premium Plus Package — $2,900. Includes Infiniti In-Touch Navigation and In-Touch services, XM Traffic, an around view parking monitor, front and rear sonar sensors, rain sensing wipers and kind of cool looking under car lighting so you don’t step in any puddles when getting in or out.
Premium Package — $1,800. Includes a 13-speaker Bose audio system (if you don’t opt for the Deluxe Tech Package as that include a 15-speaker system), memory for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and mirrors, an enhanced intelligent key, outside mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature, a heated steering wheel, remote starting and driver’s-seat power lumbar support.
This pricing and these package are typical for three-row luxury SUVs. For 2019, Infiniti has changed the way they offer packages and have new trim levels with various levels of features even if you don’t want to add options.
Of course, buying from a private party can save you money, but the whole point of CPO is that you get a decent warranty AND the car has been inspected to make sure you’re not buying a car with fire, flood or serious accident damage. Our CPO Infiniti has only 3,000 miles on it. With Infiniti, mileage matters because they have a tiered warranty based on the mileage of the CPO car you buy. Infiniti’s warranty booklet says it like this:
- "Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a 6-year/75,000-mile warranty from the vehicle’s original in-service date.
- Vehicles with more than 15,000 miles and are less than 48 months from the original in-service date are covered by a 6-year/unlimited mileage warranty from the vehicle’s original in-service date.
- Vehicles with more than 15,000 miles and are more than 48 months beyond their original in-service date receive a 2-year/unlimited mileage warranty that begins from the Certified PreOwned sale date."
Also, we have a video explaining the Infiniti CPO program -– Infiniti CPO Program Overview.
The Infiniti Warranty is good, but that it differs from car to car is one of our only complaints. In the case of our specific QX60, it would get a 6-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original in-service date (basically, the day it was sold or registered).
It’s early in our ownership run, we just got the car two weeks ago. So far it seems to be a competent luxury SUV. We’re looking forward to experiencing the AWD in heavy Atlanta thunderstorms as well as family road trips and maybe a few adventures (slightly) off-road. Find an Infiniti QX60 for sale