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CPO Program Review: Nissan

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2015

Overview

Nissan's certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty offers 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection from the car's original sale date. It also includes a 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio, a free Carfax vehicle history report and 24-hour roadside assistance.

What We Like

Long powertrain warranty; special finance rates; free Carfax and SiriusXM trial; fully transferable

What We Don't

No bumper-to-bumper warranty means some common items aren't covered; warranty starts from the original purchase date

Program Specifics

If you're looking for a used Nissan, considering the brand's certified pre-owned warranty is a no-brainer. After all, buying a CPO Nissan gives you a big discount compared to a new model, while still providing you with a fully manufacturer-backed warranty.

Available on used Nissan models up to 6 years old and with up to 80,000 miles on the odometer, the program provides a full 7-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, extending Nissan's standard warranty by 2 years or up to 40,000 total miles. There's also a $50 deductible.

Nissan's CPO warranty offers a few other benefits, as well. It's fully transferable to the next owner, and it comes with a free Carfax report. It also includes 24-hour roadside assistance (as most CPO programs do), no deductible for service visits and a free 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio for vehicles equipped with the feature.

But Nissan's certified pre-owned program isn't perfect. On the contrary, we're a bit surprised that it doesn't include any bumper-to-bumper coverage beyond what remains of the new car warranty, only powertrain coverage. That means you won't be covered if, for example, the air conditioning goes out in your recently purchased certified used Nissan and the car is more than three years old. We're also disappointed that the warranty begins on the day the original owner bought the car. That means you'll have to keep track of the car's original sale date, rather than the date you purchased the vehicle, to figure out when your warranty ends.

In all, Nissan's CPO program is only average. There are some obvious benefits, such as a long powertrain plan, but we wish the plan included at least a little additional bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage.

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