Buying a used car is a great way to get more value for your dollar, and getting a car with a certified pre-owned warranty adds some extra protection. But some dealers aren’t always honest when making claims about their “certified” cars. Here are a couple of instances that should raise some flags. The first thing to remember is that the term “certified” can mean a few different things. When most folks talk about certified pre-owned often called CPO for short, they are referencing vehicles that, according to the manufacturer, meet a certain standard and qualify for an extension of the new car warranty. I got a recent email from a reader who was helping his son shop for a pre-owned Volkswagen. The buyer wanted a certified car but found what he thought was a good example at a Chevrolet dealer. “My son is looking at a 2015 VW TDI Sportwagen manual trans, low miles. He was told by Chevy dealer, that if he wants it to be CPO with a two year warranty the … [Read more...] about That ‘Certified Pre-Owned’ Car Might Not Be What You Think
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My wife and I are beginning the car-buying process. Since new cars depreciate quickly, we are thinking of buying an almost-new vehicle that’s certified by the manufacturer. What do you think of this idea? Q. My wife and I are beginning the car-buying process. We would like a small to midsize SUV. We’ve purchased new and used cars before. Since new cars depreciate quickly, we are thinking of buying an almost-new vehicle that’s certified by the manufacturer. What do you think of this idea? Should we go for the extra features such as wheel and tire insurance, GAP insurance, and key insurance? A. Buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) car can make sense depending on what is included. I also recently replaced an older car and was looking at CPO vehicles. In my budget, the CPO cars offered some savings, but there was little done in the way of checking the car over. Like you, I was looking for a small all-wheel-drive SUV, and on this vehicle, one tire was new and the other … [Read more...] about Should I buy a certified pre-owned car?
Certified pre-owned ClipperCreek charging station in useEnlarge PhotoYou've heard of certified pre-owned cars, maybe even certified pre-owned electric cars. Now you can buy a certified pre-owned home charging station to go with your certified pre-owned electric car. ClipperCreek, one of the oldest charging-station manufacturers, is offering two types of certified pre-owned models, the LCS, which delivers up to 24 amps of power, for $300, and the HCS, which can deliver up to 80 amps, for $400. Not every certified pre-owned model will deliver the maximum amperage. The prices are flat, though the units come in various power levels, and with different connections (hard-wired or with various plugs to plug into your house.) Buyers will have to order them by phone, since the variety is too complex for web orders, ClipperCreek says. All of the certified pre owned chargers have been inspected and tested "to ensure like-new functionality," and come with UL and ETL safety certifications, … [Read more...] about Clipper Creek offers certified pre-owned charging stations
If you are in the market for a used car, you may be able to get the best price by looking for special pricing and incentives. Many car manufacturers offer incentives when people purchase certified used cars from participating dealers. Certified pre-owned incentives are reduced-rate loans offered by manufacturers to qualified buyers of CPO vehicles. Taking advantage of these incentives is a great way to lower the overall price of a used vehicle. All financing offers listed here are available nationally at participating dealers unless noted otherwise. Not every buyer will qualify for this discount financing. If you are shopping for a used car, contact your dealer for details. June CPO Incentives Acura: $500 college graduate bonus, $750 military appreciation offer on select vehicles; offers end July 31 Audi: Not available Bentley: Not available BMW: 0.9 percent APR for 24 months on 2014-15 BMW models, ends June; 0.9 percent APR for 24 months plus no payments for … [Read more...] about Latest Certified Pre-Owned Incentives by Automaker
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has revealed that it will set up a new certified pre-owned programme called Das WeltAuto. The Das WeltAuto programme has been around since 2010, and was launched in 2010 by the Volkswagen Group to provide customers with a one-stop pre-owned vehicle experience. It is currently active in 24 countries worldwide, including in neighbouring Singapore.Details on when the programme will be introduced weren’t provided during a recent media roundtable session with VPCM executives, including its features. Over in Singapore, these include a multi-point check of vehicles that will join the inventory, a minimum 12-month warranty and awarding of a certificate of quality for Das WeltAuto vehicles. Aside from the pre-owned programme, VPCM will also launch the Volkswagen Marketplace – an online sales platform for special/limited edition cars based on current models. This is similar to what MINI Malaysia is doing with the Clubman Sterling Edition, … [Read more...] about VPCM to introduce Das WeltAuto certified pre-owned programme and Volkswagen Marketplace this year