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CPO Program Review: Honda

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2015

Overview

The Honda certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty offers powertrain coverage for 7 years or 100,000 total vehicle miles from the car's original sale date, along with an additional year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. A free trial of SiriusXM radio is also included on most models.

What We Like

Transferable; no deductible; impressively long powertrain coverage; usually includes SiriusXM

What We Don't

Mediocre bumper-to-bumper warranty length; warranty based on original sale date

Program Specifics

Honda's certified pre-owned program is a popular option for budget-minded shoppers who don't want to spend the money for a new Honda but still want the peace of mind that comes from a manufacturer-backed warranty.

We like the Honda CPO warranty because of its impressive powertrain coverage: 7 years or 100,000 miles from the car's original date of sale, which is a huge step up over the original 5-year or 60,000-mile warranty included for new cars. With the CPO plan, a 3-year-old Honda with 40,000 miles on the odometer will include 4 years or an impressive 60,000 miles of coverage for critical components such as the engine and transmission.

Unfortunately, bumper-to-bumper coverage for Honda's certified pre-owned cars isn't as strong. In fact, the automaker only extends the original factory warranty's coverage by 1 year or 12,000 miles, which is mediocre as certified pre-owned warranties go. We think that a little extra coverage would help distinguish certified Hondas from run-of-the-mill used models. We're also a little disappointed that Honda's certified pre-owned powertrain warranty starts on the car's original sale date rather than on its CPO sale date. This can be highly confusing, since you'll have to keep track of exactly when the original owner bought the car in order to remember when your warranty ends.

With that said, several other benefits help counteract the shorter bumper-to-bumper warranty and our complaints about the warranty start date. For one, all CPO Honda models come standard with a free 3-month subscription to SiriusXM radio. The warranty is also fully transferable to new owners, and there's no deductible, which means that your warranty service visits won't cost you a penny.

In the end, Honda's certified pre-owned program isn't perfect, but if you're interested in a used Honda, it's certainly worth considering.

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