Learn How to Shop for a Certified Pre-Owned Car

April 26th, 2018 by

2017 Acura RLX

Combining the reliability of a new model with the price of a used one, certified pre-owned vehicles can be mighty tempting. But if you’re new to the concept, you might be unsure how to shop for a certified pre-owned car.

Well, all you need to do is:

  • Study Separate Certified Pre-Owned Programs
  • Check Out Available Models
  • Visit Your Dealership for a Test Drive

Study Programs to Make Sure Certified Pre-Owned Cars Are Worth It

Start with research. Before considering vehicles, take a look at competing manufacturer CPO programs to find the best option. Incentives and warranty coverage tends to differ, so it makes sense to dig down into the details before making your final decision.

For example, you’ll find that Acura CPO models all undergo a rigorous 182-point inspection to ensure adherence to the highest standards. Other luxury manufacturers aren’t as discerning:

  • Lexus CPO: 161-Point Inspection
  • Infiniti CPO: 167-Point inspection
  • Porsche CPO: 111-Point Inspection

Check Out Certified Pre-Owned Models

Once you know the best manufacturer CPO program, it’s time to start thinking about the vehicle itself. You should consider:

  • Body Style: Would you be better off with an SUV or a crossover? Would a hatchback serve your needs better than a sedan?
  • Model: Now you know what sort of vehicle you’re seeking, check the relevant models available from your chosen manufacturer.
  • Year: Going pre-owned provides the freedom to choose between different model years. Head online to find out how your chosen vehicle changed over the years.
2017 Acura RDX bases model
MDX driving on road

Take a Test Drive

When you have some potential CPO models picked out, head to your local dealership to take a couple of test drives. You shouldn’t need to worry about spotting mechanical faults — a technician will have thoroughly tested for such problems — but you should still take the opportunity to make sure this is the right vehicle to meet your needs.

Find Your Certified Pre-Owned Acura Now from Acura Columbus

Instead of trusting a private seller in Westerville or settling for a used car lot in Worthington, why not enjoy the benefits of a CPO vehicle? For answers to common CPO questions or to find out more about our range, simply contact Acura Columbus today.