November 11th, 2022 by

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle comes with certain guarantees and safeguards that ensure you have the right measures to protect your investment long after you drive off the lot with it. When you usually buy a used vehicle, you get it as-is, which can be fine for some people but not others. When you want a quality used vehicle, consider a Certified Pre-Owned one. Many shoppers are looking for something cheaper than paying the MSRP of a new vehicle but want the guarantees and warranties of a new vehicle, along with the latest tech and features. This is where Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come in.

However, there are different Certified programs from different automakers. Shoppers torn on which kind of vehicle to go with will want to know which automaker has the better Certified Pre-Owned program. Well, it’s a tricky thing because there are pros and cons to each CPO program; however, the Chevy Certified Pre-Owned program is easily one of the best, and anyone who has purchased a vehicle from a certified Chevy dealer already knows how beneficial it is to make use of Chevy’s offerings. Let’s break down Chevy’s program and see how it stacks up against the competition.

What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

Before getting into the comparisons, it’s important to know and understand what Certified Pre-Owned means. It’s a designation of vehicles that meet a certain qualification for the status of being “certified.” Typically vehicles have to undergo a certain number of rigorous inspections; sometimes, they have to be within a specific model year range and usually come with warranties.

The benefit of these features is that it means you get a much higher quality used vehicle compared to a standard one. The warranty features, roadside assistance, and additional post-purchase support greatly add value to a Certified Pre-Owned purchase. However, not every automaker or dealership offers the same level of quality and features that a certified Chevy dealer has, and this is what separates Chevy from the competition.

Chevy CPO vs. Ford Blue Certified

When comparing what you get with a Chevy Certified Pre-Owned vehicle versus a Ford Blue Certified vehicle, the differences are stark. With Blue Certified vehicles from Ford, the warranties include a 90-day/4,000-mile limited warranty and a 14-day/3,000-mile money back guarantee. Ford Certified Blue vehicles are also 10 years or newer and have 120,000 miles or fewer on the odometer. While some might like the option of having older vehicles to choose from, being a decade old with up to 120,000 miles on them means you can get fairly old vehicles with a lot of miles on them in Ford’s Blue Certified program.

While these features are noteworthy, Ford’s Blue Certified still doesn’t have a lot of key features that are included in Chevy’s program. Yes, you still get 24/7 roadside assistance, but when it comes to quality, guarantees, and longevity, Chevy has Ford beat when comparing their Certified Pre-Owned program to Ford’s. For instance, with Chevy, all their certified vehicles are six years or newer and have 75,000 or fewer miles on them. This means that you’re less likely to run into as many mechanical failures or powertrain problems with newer vehicles. Chevy’s CPO vehicles also come with a clean title, a 6-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, giving them a massive leg up over the Ford Certified Blue offerings.

Chevy CPO vs. Nissan Certified Select

Like most automakers out there, Nissan has its own program for certified used vehicles known as Nissan Certified and Nissan Certified Select. Nissan’s Certified Select comes with a 6-month/6,000-mile limited warranty, a CARFAX history report, a complimentary service visit, and an 84-point inspection process. Certified Select models are no more than ten years old with less than 100,000. Nissan Certified vehicles are held to a more elevated standard, being no more than six years old and having no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer. On top of that, the inspection covers 167 points and comes with a 7-year/100,00-year limited warranty. In addition to the CARFAX report and roadside assistance, they also come with 1 year of pre-paid maintenance.

Much like how Chevy’s Certified Pre-Owned program offers better features than the Ford Blue Certified, the same applies here for the Nissan Certified and Certified Select programs. In regards to the Certified Select program, Chevy has it beat in every category, like age, mileage, warranty, and inspection. For Nissan Certified vehicles, it is slightly more competitive, with Nissan offering an additional year to its limited warranty when comparing it to Chevy’s. However, what gives Chevy an edge is its increased set of standards. Chevy CPO vehicles require no more than 75,000 miles on the odometer, which is 5,000 less than Nissan. Chevy also has five more points in their inspection. These may seem like minor differences, but when talking about who has a higher set of standards for their vehicles, Chevy is the clear winner.

Chevy CPO vs. Subaru Certified Pre-Owned

One of the big selling points of Subaru’s Certified Pre-Owned program is that it comes with a 152 multi-point inspection, which is quite impressive. Few automakers provide in-depth inspections, both inside and out. This covers everything from powertrain and drivetrain performance to mechanical functionality and tech-reliant features. Like many other Certified Pre-Owned programs, Subaru offers a SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial subscription, a one-year subscription to StarLink, 24/7 roadside assistance support, and a 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

Subaru has one of the more comprehensive certified programs, and it’s designed to give shoppers the most for the minimum. However, there are a few benefits that come with Chevy’s Certified Pre-Owned program that manages to one-up Subaru’s program. One is that Chevy goes through the painstaking process of conducting a 172-multi-point inspection on every vehicle that’s part of the program. This is a significant exercise in ensuring the quality of the used vehicle over the 152-multi-point inspections carried out by Nissan.

Some might not see that as a big deal, but the additional inspections and reconditioning means you’re getting a higher-quality used vehicle for your money. Chevy’s Certified vehicles are also six years or newer, whereas Subaru’s CPO vehicles are ten years or newer. You also don’t get any free service offers with Subaru’s program. On the other hand, Chevy offers two free complimentary oil changes within two years or 24,000 miles of purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.

Chevy CPO vs. Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned

Volkswagen has a Certified Pre-Owned program that is model specific. This means that the certified status changes depending on the model year of the vehicle you plan on purchasing. This is the opposite of how Chevy’s program works, where no matter what model you get from a Certified Chevy dealer, the warranties are always the same, the benefits are always the same, and you’re not penalized based on model year or powertrain type.

The VW Certified Pre-Owned program offers a 2-year/24,000-mile limited warranty for any 2020 or newer Volkswagen vehicle. There is a 1-year/12,000-mile limited warranty coverage for 2018 or 2019 vehicles, and finally, there is a 2-year/24,000-mile limited warranty for any gas, hybrid, or electric model year vehicles from 2017 or older. You also only have 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance support for any VW Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.

While you also have a CARFAX report, SiriusXM Platinum Plan, and a 100+ multi-point inspection with VW’s program, all of those features pale in comparison to Chevy’s 6-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and the 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty for all Chevy Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. Chevy also includes 24/7 roadside assistance for the duration of the warranty, a CARFAX report, SiriusXM, and the 172-multi point inspection. That’s not to mention the two free oil changes, too.

Chevy Offers the Superior Quality You’re Looking For in a CPO Vehicle

You get more service, more features, and more support with the Chevy Certified Pre-owned program compared to the competition. Hopefully, this helps enlighten you on which program may work best for you and help guide you on buying the right pre-owned vehicle from a Certified Chevy dealer. And if you’re convinced a Certified Pre-Owned Chevy vehicle is right for you, we invite you to visit us here at Richard Lucas Chevrolet and check out our amazing selection of CPO vehicles!

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