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What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

Nissan RogueFor drivers who are looking for the value of a pre-owned vehicle—without the uncertainty that often comes with buying used—certified pre-owned vehicles are an attractive option. Choosing certified pre-owned eliminates the initial depreciation value that all new vehicles experience, but provides buyers with the same perks and advantages of buying new.

Find out what certified pre-owned means and learn more about the benefits of choosing certified pre-owned for your next vehicle.

What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

Nissan AltimaCertified pre-owned vehicles are late-model vehicles with low mileage and no significant accidents or damages on their records. In most cases, these are vehicles that were used for leases or traded in by owners.

In order to make it into a manufacturer-certified pre-owned program, a vehicle must pass a set of rigorous tests and meet certain criteria. For many manufacturers, this includes age and mileage, a multi-point inspection from manufacturer-trained technicians, the ability to be repaired or restored, and a clean vehicle history report.

Many manufacturers also add perks and benefits to their certified pre-owned vehicles, such as competitive warranties, free roadside assistance, free maintenance, special financing rates and incentives, and rental reimbursement.

Manufacturer-Certified vs Dealer-Certified

Because of all that goes into a certified pre-owned vehicle, these vehicles tend to have a slightly higher price than conventional used cars. This is exceptional value, as you’re saving the money for inspections, repairs, additional warranties, and other add-ons you’d have to pay up front with a used car.

Unfortunately, this higher price tag can be attached to both manufacturer-certified and dealer-certified vehicles, though you’re not getting the same guarantees. When a vehicle is manufacturer-certified, you’re getting the peace of mind of knowing the original manufacturer is providing its stamp of approval on your used vehicle, and it’s guaranteed to be up to the same standards as the new vehicles leaving the factory.

With dealer-certified, however, you have no way of knowing the inspection process, the vehicle qualifications, or the standards set for pre-owned vehicles. Because of this, you could be paying more for a pre-owned vehicle without the added benefits of a manufacturer-backed guarantee. Dealer-certified pre-owned vehicles may lack the same perks as well, such as warranties and roadside assistance.

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Nissan RogueNissan certified pre-owned vehicles go through a rigorous qualification process that begins with a 167-point inspection from Nissan-trained technicians and a clean CARFAX Vehicle History Report™. If repairs or restoration are needed, only genuine Nissan parts are used, which helps ensure the repairs will last.

Aside from the peace of mind that comes with this thorough inspection, Nissan certified pre-owned vehicles also come with a 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and 7-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance coverage. Towing, car rental reimbursement, ownership transfer, and trip interruption coverage are also included with purchase.

Find Your Certified Pre-Owned Nissan

So, what does certified pre-owned mean? For many, choosing a certified pre-owned vehicle means excellent condition, extra perks, and added peace of mind with the value of a used vehicle.

Drivers in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket can find out more about the certified pre-owned Nissan program at Stateline Nissan. Contact us or stop by today to learn more and browse our inventory of certified pre-owned Nissan vehicles!

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