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CPO Program Review: Tesla

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Overview

Tesla's certified pre-owned warranty offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for 4 years or 50,000 miles from the certified pre-owned (CPO) purchase date for the brand's Model S sedan, along with the remainder of its original 8-year or unlimited-mileage powertrain warranty. Tesla Roadster models offer 37 months or 37,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage from the CPO sale date. Tesla certified pre-owned warranties boast no deductible, and they're fully transferable to the next owner, should you decide to sell your Tesla before the warranty expires.

What We Like

Comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranty; long powertrain warranty; warranty starts on purchase date; no deductible; fully transferable

What We Don't

Warranty differs depending on vehicle; coverage term may not be very long, depending on vehicle age

Program Specifics

Tesla offers two separate certified pre-owned programs to cover its two separate cars. There's one program for the popular Model S sedan, and an entirely different program for the low-volume Tesla Roadster, which was sold from 2008 to 2012.

Most drivers will be interested in the CPO program for Tesla's Model S sedan, since that's the brand's most popular vehicle. It also comes with a generous warranty, touting 4 years or 50,000 miles of coverage from the day the vehicle is purchased, along with the balance of the brand's impressive 8-year, unlimited-mile powertrain warranty. We also like the fact that there's no deductible for warranty repairs, and that Tesla's CPO warranty is fully transferable to the next owner.

But we have a few issues with Tesla's certified pre-owned warranty. Most notably, while we like the 4-year or 50,000-mile term, some rivals might have longer programs, depending on the age of the Model S in question. BMW, for instance, offers 6 years or 100,000 miles of coverage, so a one-year-old certified pre-owned BMW with 20,000 miles will boast 5 years or 80,000 miles of CPO warranty, which is a step up from Tesla. With that said, we like the fact that Tesla's warranty starts on the day you buy the car, and not the date the original owner bought it.

Another drawback to Tesla's certified pre-owned program: The brand's earlier Roadster model doesn't get as much warranty coverage as the Model S. Instead of the automaker's 4-year or 50,000-mile warranty, the Roadster is only covered for 3 years or 37,000 miles from your date of purchase. Not bad, but not quite on the same level as the Model S.

Still, we like Tesla's warranty. It isn't perfect, but it offers excellent coverage on two alluring models that use some of the most cutting-edge technology on the market -- good news for drivers interested in a used example of either Tesla.

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