Used Car Certification Albert Lea MN

Thanks to manufacturer’s certified pre-owned programs, the consumer has assurances that the used car they have been eying isn’t hiding faulty wiring, a blown head gasket or a spastic transmission.

Shyds Body Shop Inc
(507) 354-6981
911 20th Street North
New Ulm, MN
Services
Auto Glass Repair,SUV Repair,Van Dealers,Used Truck Dealers

Mills Motor Inc
(218) 825-3536
14858 Dellwood Drive
Baxter, MN
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Truck Dealers,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Wholesale Auto and Glass Inc
(507) 354-7553
2400 S Broadway Street
New Ulm, MN
Services
Auto Glass Repair,SUV Repair,Used Car Dealers

Scotts Body Shop Mapleton Inc
(507) 524-4766
407 Central Avenue North
Mapleton, MN
Services
Alignment Repair,Engine Repair,Van Dealers,Used Truck Dealers

Mills GM
(218) 829-3504
14138 Dellwood Drive
Baxter, MN
Services
Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair,Truck Dealers,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Midwest Auto Body and Sales
(320) 354-4977
19910 Highway 23 Northeast
New London, MN
Services
Truck Auto Body,Used Car Dealers

Grand Rapids GM
(218) 327-2201
1610 S Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Auto Techs of Rochester
(507) 282-4499
1650 S Broadway
Rochester, MN
Services
Brake Repair,SUV Repair,Used Car Dealers

Clusiau Sales and Rental Inc
(218) 326-9421
815 NW 4th St
Grand Rapids, MN
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Truck Dealers,Used Car Dealers,Auto Dealers

Imgrund Motors
(218) 824-5800
8337 State Highway 210 West
Baxter, MN
Services
Car Detailing,Interior Cleaning,Interior Repair,Used Car Dealers

How a Vehicle Becomes a Certified Pre-Owned Car

How a Vehicle Becomes a Certified Pre-Owned Car By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor
Certified Pre-Owned Car Lot
When you’d rather take a light dip into your savings to purchase a pre-owned car rather than a deep plunge into a new one, no longer do you have to be concerned about the quality of the vehicle you’re buying secondhand. Thanks to manufacturer’s certified pre-owned programs, the consumer has assurances that the used car they have been eying isn’t hiding faulty wiring, a blown head gasket or a spastic transmission.

These aren’t just random used cars. Keith Rey, General Manager of Marin Honda in Corte Madera, CA divulges the origin of certified pre-owned (CPO) cars: “Most of the vehicles that enter the CPO program are lease returns or cars that Honda has sold at a closed auction, which can only be attended by dealers.”

But, some may ask, what happens after the dealer acquires the cars? Well, they certainly aren’t just pulled into the lot to await buyers.

Deal Breakers
Surprisingly, CPO programs aren’t regulated throughout the industry, and many manufacturers have different acceptance qualifications for their potential certified used cars. These include mileage and age maximums, as well as issues that can demand immediate disqualification, like the discovery of aftermarket parts, engine modifications and any sign of structural damage or odometer rollbacks.

If a car is more than eight years old it won’t qualify for any of the current CPO programs, and some manufacturers have even stricter age limits than that: Chevrolet rejects any cars more than five years old, and Lexus won’t accept those over the age of six.

Another basic prerequisite for certified status is the mileage limit. Manufacturers well known for their quality, like Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, reflect this distinction in their high maximum mileage allowance, ranging closer to the 100,000-mile marker than the industry average of 48,000-80,000 miles. Ford, for instance, requires less than 80,000 miles on the odometer for a car to enter their CPO program.

Rey reveals even more deal breakers: “a car must have a clean VIN check, a clear Carfax vehicle history report and needs to pass the certification process. It can’t have a branded title or lemon law against it either.” The dealer must confirm that none of these issues are a problem before continuing to the inspection stage.

Point-by-Point Inspection Process
Once a car upholds the first round of requirements, it must go through a mechanical and cosmetic inspection. Again, each manufacturer has slightly different standards to which they uphold their CPOs, but detailed inspections of the entire vehicle are always mandatory and standardized within the company.

The mechanic runs through a compulsory checklist to confirm the car is in proper condition. Everything from the minor - ‘license plate lights work’ to the serious - ‘brakes operational’...

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