5 Reasons to Buy Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Everyone knows that, as long as a vehicle has been well maintained and driven responsibly, a used car is almost always a better deal than a new car. But how can you know that the vehicle you're considering really is one of the good ones – and not just one of the many "great pretenders"? The answer comes in a new breed of used vehicle – a certified pre-owned vehicle. Not only are they less expensive, but because automakers back these "used" cars, they typically come with the added peace of mind of an extended comprehensive (in the case of Toyota's certified pre-owned vehicles, it's a 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive warranty), as well as:
  1. A powertrain warranty
  2. A roadside assistance program
  3. The knowledge that your car has passed an extensive safety and performance inspection – and has been repaired or refurbished to bring it to nearly new car standards
  4. A CARFAX report – or some form of vehicle inspection report – which can help you better understand the vehicle and make an informed decision
  5. The possibility of buying a used car at a new car rate – which can help you save in interest
Along with all of the assurances and money-saving opportunities that come with buying certified pre-owned cars, there is another benefit – and that's that you can very often afford to buy a car that's nicer than you'd expect. After all, certified pre-owned vehicles are, in essence, used and dealers just can't charge as much for them as they do new. So if you want a state-of-the-art navigation system, 4-wheel drive, or even a leather interior, but you've got a no-GPS-2WD-cloth-interior budget, a certified pre-owned vehicle might allow you to get everything you want – including the right payment.