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CPO Program Review: Volkswagen

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Overview

Volkswagen's certified pre-owned (CPO) warranty adds 2 years or 24,000 miles of coverage on top of the brand's standard 3-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, though it also charges a $50 deductible per visit. The automaker's 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty is unchanged this year. Other CPO benefits include a 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio, a free Carfax report and 24-hour roadside assistance.

What We Like

Additional bumper-to-bumper coverage; 3-month SiriusXM trial; 24-hour roadside assistance; special financing rates

What We Don't

No extra powertrain warranty; $50 deductible per visit

Program Specifics

If you're considering a used Volkswagen, you might think about choosing a model with a certified pre-owned warranty, an additional warranty beyond the new-car factory terms that's been certified by the automaker. So what does VW's CPO warranty offer?

The most important component of VW's certified pre-owned warranty is a 2-year or 24,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that starts at the conclusion of your 3-year or 36,000-mile factory warranty. If the factory warranty has already expired when you buy your CPO Volkswagen, the additional 2-year warranty starts from the date of your purchase.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of downsides to this warranty. Not only is there a $50 deductible per visit, but VW's CPO program also doesn't offer additional powertrain coverage beyond the brand's original 5-year or 60,000-mile warranty. But while a lack of extra powertrain coverage is certainly a drawback, VW's certified pre-owned warranty offers more additional bumper-to-bumper coverage than the vast majority of its rivals, including Honda, Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet. Whether you prefer bumper-to-bumper coverage for 5 years (in Volkswagen's case) or powertrain protection for up to 7 years (like many rivals) is up to you.

With that said, there are several benefits to VW's certified pre-owned warranty. In addition to a 112-point inspection for all CPO Volkswagen models, the warranty includes 24-hour roadside assistance, a free Carfax report and SiriusXM radio. And there are sometimes special financing rates that give shoppers an extra edge over a typical used car.

Although Volkswagen's certified pre-owned program isn't perfect, we do think it offers some strong benefits for shoppers interested in getting extra peace of mind with their used car. As a result, we think it's worth a look if you're shopping for a pre-owned Volkswagen.

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