Every certified pre-owned Kia is six years old or newer (beginning with the 2018 model year), has fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer, and has undergone a 165-point inspection. After meeting those requirements, every CPO Kia includes a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (from the vehicle’s original in-service date), a 1-year/12,000-mile comprehensive warranty (from the vehicle’s CPO purchase date), and a mix of additional protections.
What We Like
Impressive powertrain coverage, full transferability, free Carfax report
What We Don’t
Average comprehensive warranty, $50 deductible per repair visit
If you’re interested in a used Kia, the brand’s certified pre-owned program is well worth considering. It includes an impressive manufacturer-backed warranty offering long-term powertrain coverage and an additional 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 the brand delivers on its new cars. It’s an upgrade on the used market since 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 Kia purchases is a more comprehensive 1-year/12,000-mile warranty that provides added peace of mind during the first year of CPO ownership. The warranty is also fully transferable to a new owner (private party) should you sell your Kia before the plan expires. There is a nominal $40 fee for this. Among other perks are a free 3-month satellite-radio trial, 24/7 roadside service for 10 years and unlimited mileage from the date of the CPO purchase, a $35 per-day rental car allowance for up to 10 days during covered repairs, and trip-interruption benefits.
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, structural integrity, and hybrid systems (if applicable).
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. 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 confusing to track.
Those are small potatoes, though, when considering Kia’s excellent certified pre-owned coverage. We highly recommend the added protection if you’re thinking about buying a used Kia.
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