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CPO Program Review: Mini

Overview

Mini’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program roughly mirrors that of its parent brand, BMW. Two warranties are offered: The standard CPO warranty adds 2 years or 50,000 miles to the original warranty, which means you’ll get 6 years or 100,000 miles of full coverage. Low-mileage Mini models will instead offer the Mini NEXT 575 program, which only adds 1 year or 25,000 miles to the original warranty, for a total of 5 years or 75,000 miles of coverage. The warranty is also fully transferable, and includes a $50 deductible for repairs.

What We Like

Long coverage term; fully transferable warranty; no distinction between bumper-to-bumper and powertrain

What We Don’t

Shorter NEXT 575 warranty; $50 deductible; warranty starts from original sale date, not CPO purchase date

Program Specifics

If you’re interested in buying a used Mini, you might want to consider a model that’s covered by the brand’s certified pre-owned program. Not only does it offer the peace of mind of manufacturer-backed warranty coverage, Mini’s CPO program touts a few other important benefits.

The highlight of Mini’s certified pre-owned program is its long bumper-to-bumper warranty, which extends the original coverage by 2 years and 50,000 miles. The result is 6 years or 100,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the original sale date — not bad for a compact car, and far better than nearly all other mainstream brand rivals.

We aren’t as impressed with Mini’s second CPO warranty, which is called the NEXT 575 plan. Designed to cover younger Mini models with fewer miles on the odometer, the program only extends coverage for 1 year and 25,000 miles, for a total of 5 years or 75,000 miles of coverage. The NEXT 575 plan is designed to cover used Mini models with less than 36,000 miles on the odometer.

While the NEXT 575 plan still offers impressive coverage, we’re dismayed that Mini (and its parent brand, BMW) offers a second-tier warranty with less total coverage. If we were buying a certified pre-owned Mini, we’d insist on the longer warranty, if possible.

Beyond the warranty coverage, Mini’s certified pre-owned program has a few other benefits and drawbacks. One drawback is the $50 deductible, which isn’t a huge figure, but it’s more than no deductible at all, which is offered by many rival automakers.. On the flip side, we like the fact that Mini’s certified pre-owned warranty is fully transferable, and that Mini occasionally offers special financing rates on its CPO vehicles.

Although we think Mini’s certified pre-owned plan has some room for improvement, we recommend that you consider it if you’re shopping for a used Mini.

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