Does Certified Pre-Owned add to the purchase price of a used car


Asked by Jan 20, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

The metric on the website for computing market value doesn't ask whether or not the used car is Certified Pre Owned. Since apparently the CPO car I'm researching is "overpriced", just wondering if the CPO status adds to purchase price.

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Tom would you be able to estimate what's a reasonable "ask" for certifying it? $100? $500? Also, as far as I can tell, if a car needed new tires (this model I'm about to look at has 48K miles), would the tires have to be replaced in order for it to be offered as 'certified'


Dealers like to do the minimal amount of conditioning on a vehicle to sell it. There is no set price. Everything is negotiable. If the car needs new tires, reduce the price you want to pay by the amount of new tires. See if they bite on your offer. Simple as that. I also suggest you have a local mechanic look it over for you, it's called a PPI or pre purchase inspection, that way you know if there are any potential issues as bad repairs, or rust, etc. If there are many issues you can walk away and the small fee you paid is piece of mind.

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Usually a dealer will ask more for a certified car, based on them puttin g money into it for repairs/conditioning and offering a better warranty.


getting it checked by your own mechanic is getting it "certified"- it is mostly smoke and mirrors, to reassure any anxious customers- unless it is a low mileage Mercedes, sold by a dealer, people are throwing the dice when buying a used car, "certified" or not- it is just another sales gimmick to get people to pay a premium-

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Tom, my takeaway is that although Hyundai dealer's Certified program includes a "comprehensive 150 point inspection", that doesn't necessarily replace the need for a PPI, and I would never know how much money the dealer had to put into the car for repairs/conditioning. Frankly, I thought the certified program was the small fee I paid for piece of mind, but your learned suggestion is otherwise---get a second opinion with the PPI. And that's probably the reason that Cargurus doesn't ask about if prospective car is a Certified car or not when computing market value for site visitors, because really "certified status" is of unknown value---perhaps of no value, since cost of a PPI is still a good idea....and the other part of the Certification, extended warranty is only on drivetrain up to 10 yrs/ 100K miles and most trouble spots are in places other than the 10 yrs of roadside assistance, which my auto insurance features anyway.


This is such a gray area, as it all depends on the strength of the factory's CPO program, and how seriously the dealer adheres to the program. My Chevy dealership takes it VERY seriously; we even put a copy of the repair order(s) for that car in the glove compartment, so you'll know what we did and how much we spent. The only part for us that's "open to interpretation" is the physical appearance and cosmetics of the car. Let's say there's a scratch in the chrome bumper, it can't be repaired and it's going to cost $2,000 to replace that bumper. I can opt to leave it as is, as the scratch is obvious and doesn't affect the mechanicals of the vehicle. But everything has to be in working order; tires have to have good tread, brakes need to be redone, and it has to have a good CarFax or AutoCheck. If a dealer is telling you it's "Certified" and the vehicle looks edgy, then I'd run from them real quick.


It definitely adds to the price, but, you still need to evaluate the car your considering and look add the Carfax report. Overall, I think it's worth and my last purchase was a certified pre-owned Subaru. Also helps to deal with a reputable "new car dealership ".

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