Within the used car world, certified preowned cars are the top of the heap. This program provides warranties and inspections you won’t find in non-certified vehicles, and the car dealers at Auction Direct USA can tell you about numerous other specific benefits as well.
Just because you’re considering certified preowned, however, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook in preparing research and the questions you’ll ask a dealer. Here are a few other tips we can offer on the proper factors to consider.
Same Value Research
Research resale values and other items in exactly the same manner you would research a non-certified used car. Pricing tools give average values that are determined by everything from condition to mileage and optional equipment. Treating this research exactly the same as a normal situation may give you some extra leeway in certain areas, and will certainly keep you from omitting any important details.
Make sure the car manufacturer is offering the certification, not just the dealer. This way, you know the car meets the stringent requirements of the manufacturer. It also means that if you’re ever in need of service, no matter where you are in the country, your manufacturer should have a location to help you.
Proper Checklists and Histories
Always ask to see in certification checklist to confirm all items, and insist on a specific repair and maintenance history for the vehicle. Make sure the remainder of the new-car warranty is clear and in writing. If you have any concerns in any of these areas, bring along a friend or third party with the knowledge to assist you.
Read the Fine Print
Make sure you check over your warranty with a fine-tooth comb. Some warranties might only cover the powertrain, and you may have to purchase separate coverage for bumper-to-bumper. Warranty lengths can also vary.
Age and Mileage Limits
Most people tend to hit their mileage limit before they reach their age limit, but this could vary based on how often you drive and other factors. Pay attention, and do this basic math before finalizing anything.
Most importantly, take the vehicle for a test drive. Just because a car is certified doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll love driving it, or approve of several other possible factors. Give it at least one spin to test how you feel in it.
Want to learn more about the vital factors in certified preowned cars, or any of our other services? Speak to the experts at Auction Direct USA today.