Kia’s program only allows vehicles that are five years old or newer. Kia’s certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty program retains the manufacturer powertrain coverage of 10 years or 100,000 miles, an increase over the 5 years or 60,000 miles you’ll typically get with a non-certified used Kia. Certified pre-owned Kia models also boast 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper limited coverage, a fully transferable warranty, and occasionally, special financing rates. The warranty also includes a $50 deductible per visit.
Like most CPO programs, Kia has factory-trained techs inspect each car before it can be certified. The inspection covers the engine, transmission, steering, suspension, cooling system, exhaust, fuel system, brakes, electrical, heating and A/C, body panels and structural integrity as well as hybrid systems if applicable.
What We Like
Impressive powertrain coverage; full transferability; special financing rates, free Carfax
What We Don’t
Average bumper-to-bumper limited warranty; $50 deductible per visit
If you’re interested in a used Kia, the brand’s certified pre-owned program is certainly worth a look. It includes an impressive manufacturer-backed warranty that offers long-term powertrain coverage and an additional bumper-to-bumper warranty, giving you extra peace of mind than a typical used car might offer.
The CPO program’s biggest asset is its warranty. Kia’s plan offers 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original purchase date, the same term that the brand offers on its new cars. It’s an upgrade on the used market, however, because Kia’s program typically drops to 5 years or 60,000 miles of coverage for the second owner if that owner buys a non-certified used Kia.
And the benefits of Kia’s CPO warranty don’t stop there. Also included with all certified pre-owned vehicle purchases is a 1-year or 12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which provides some important peace of mind during the first year of ownership. This is on par with Toyota. The warranty is also fully transferable to a new owner (private party) should you decide to sell your Kia before the plan expires. There is a $40 fee for this. Among other perks are free 3-month satellite-radio trial, 24/7 roadside service for the length of the warranty, $35 per-day rental-car allowance for up to 10 days during covered repairs and trip-interruption benefits.
There are, however, a couple of drawbacks to Kia’s CPO program. Specifically, the warranty includes a $50 deductible per visit, while some rivals have no deductible at all. A few brands have a $75 – $100 deductible so the $50 is about in the middle. And powertrain coverage starts from the original sale date, which can be a little confusing to keep track of.
Those are small potatoes, though, when you consider Kia’s excellent certified pre-owned coverage. We highly recommend the brand’s warranty if you’re thinking about buying a used Kia. Find a CPO Kia for sale