Certified Pre-Owned Auto Dealerships Olympia WA

Is it really worth the extra $750 to $2,500 over the sticker price of a run-of-the-mill used car , though? After all, you’re buying used because you don’t want to spend the money on a brand-new ride. Why dish out the extra dough?

Harpers Auto Sales
(360) 753-0200
8401 Old Highway 99 SE
Olympia, WA

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Park It Market Incorporated
(360) 459-7275
6504 Martin Way E
Olympia, WA

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Carey Motors
(509) 248-1500
3204 Fruitvale Boulevard
Yakima, WA
Services
Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Hahn Motor CO
(509) 453-9171
1201 S 1st Street
Yakima, WA
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Lynnwood Dodge
(425) 771-2255
20612 Highway 99
Lynnwood, WA
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Sundance Auto Sales
(360) 956-1830
2400 Carriage Loop SW
Olympia, WA

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Southwest Auto Sales
(360) 709-9272
9809 Blomberg St SW
Olympia, WA

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Valley Toyota Inc
(509) 575-4868
914 S 1st St
Yakima, WA
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,Used Car Dealers

Maxs Service Center
(509) 476-2581
2002 N Main Street
Oroville, WA
Services
Electrical Repair,Mufflers Repair,SUV Repair,Used Car Dealers

T-N-T Automite
(253) 472-6904
4304 S Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA

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Certified Pre-Owned: What's It Worth to You?

Certified Pre-Owned: What's It Worth To You? By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor 


Picking up a certified pre-owned, or CPO , car can take much of the worry out of buying a used car and save you some serious cash. At least that’s what the smiling salesperson at the dealership tells you. Is it really worth the extra $750 to $2,500 over the sticker price of a run-of-the-mill used car , though? After all, you’re buying used because you don’t want to spend the money on a brand-new ride. Why dish out the extra dough? 
 

As it turns out, certified pre-owned is well worth the initial investment, no matter what kind of car you’re buying. According to James Bell, editor and publisher of Intellichoice , you may pay a little more in the beginning, but cost savings in the form of vehicle repair and a small nudge in the resale department help to offset those costs. Plus there’s the added benefit of peace of mind, and that’s hard to put a price on. 
 
Bell says that economy car buyers can expect to pay somewhere between $750 -1,500 more for a certified pre-owned vehicle versus a similar, non-certified car. Luxury buyers, on the other hand, can expect to shell out a little more when it comes time to buy. If you’re in the market for something with a little more prestige, get ready to hand over $1,500-2,700 over the cost of a comparable used vehicle. 
 
The difference is in the quality of the product.
 
“It varies a little from program to program, but usually certified pre-owned cars are no more than four or five years old with 60-70,000 miles on them,” Bell said.
 
They also haven’t had any significant damage or repairs in their history and have been subjected to an intense inspection process with over 100 specific points. Manufacturers are so certain their CPO cars are worth what they’re asking, companies offer extended warranties for the vehicles, much like a brand new car would receive. It’s that warranty that makes the whole process worth it. If you buy a used car from your neighbor down the street and three months later the transmission falls out on your driveway, odds are you’re going to be stuck with the bill. That’s not the case with a certified car, as most extended warranties cover significant drivetrain failure.
 
Of course, there are other benefits to buying a certified pre-owned car. The biggest of these is the fact that the car you’re buying has already gone through a significant amount of its depreciation. Most sources say a new car loses 20 to 40 percent of its value in the first two years of being off the lot. That’s no small chunk of change, but it means that waiting around a few years for the car you’re after could save you on average $12,000 on what was a $40,000 car. Talk about a smart move.
 
Manufacturers have also made it easier to get financing for a certif...

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