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Is your current car starting to look dog-eared? Are you tired of shelling out cash upon cash for repairs? You're not alone. The average American spends about $397 per year on car repairs, as per the latest studies. And if you own an older car, that number is probably even higher.

You may consider your options if you're in the market for a new (or new-to-you) car. Can you afford a new car? Should you buy used? Or, is a certified pre-owned car the best option? While each option has at least one major advantage, certified pre-owned vehicles often come with the best warranty and peace of mind.

Here's what you must know about certified pre-owned cars before you make your decision.

What Is a CPO Car?

A certified pre-owned (CPO) car is a used car that has been inspected, refurbished, and certified by the manufacturer. A car must meet specific criteria the manufacturer sets to be approved. It usually includes passing a detailed inspection and having low mileage.

What are the Criteria for a CPO Car?

The criteria for a CPO car vary by manufacturer. For instance, certified pre-owned Honda cars must have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer and be under six years old. The vehicle must also have a clean title history.

But, if we consider the requirements generally, they would fall under the following:

· The car must be a recent model year (less than five or six years old)

· The vehicle should have low mileage (preferably 60,000 miles)

· The car must pass a detailed inspection by the manufacturer

What Does the Detail Inspection Cover?

The detail inspection usually covers around 100 to 200 different items, depending on the make and model of the car. The assessment includes the interior and exterior of the vehicle, the engine, and other mechanical components. Some of the things that are focused on during the detailed inspection include:

· The condition of the paint and body

· The state of the interior upholstery and carpeting

· The condition of the tires, brakes, and suspension

· The engine and transmission

What Are the Benefits of Purchasing a CPO Car?

Several benefits come with buying a certified pre-owned car. Understanding them is essential so you can decide if a CPO car is right for you.

· Extended Warranties: When you buy a certified pre-owned car, you often get an extended warranty from the manufacturer. There are two different warranties that you may get.

The first is the powertrain warranty, which covers the engine, transmission, and drivetrain. The second type of warranty is called the bumper-to-bumper warranty. It covers everything else on the car, like the infotainment system or air conditioning.

· Lower Interest Rates: CPO cars also have lower interest rates than regular used cars. The manufacturer has inspected and certified the car, so they know it's in good condition.

· Recent Model Years: When you purchase a certified used car, you usually get a car that is only a few years old. That means it will have all of the latest features you want in a vehicle.

· Better Resale Value: CPO cars also have better resale values than regular used cars. That's because they're still under warranty, and the dealer has inspected them.


Finding reliable pre-owned car dealerships can be difficult, but it's worth it if you want a reliable car with more benefits. If you're looking for a certified pre-owned Honda, visit our website.

At DCH Honda Oxnard, serving Calabasas, CA, we have a large selection of CPO Hondas. Please browse our inventory online or contact us for more details.

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