Certified pre-owned programs have offered a premium echelon in the used-car market since their emergence in the 1990s. CPO cars, as they’re called, get multipoint inspections, vehicle history reports and sometimes modest refurbishing. The programs bundle in other perks, too: extended warranty coverage, roadside assistance, discount financing offers and more. You might see “certified” thrown around to mean something less in the fine print, but automaker-backed certification typically comes on late-model used examples sold by dealerships of the same brand.
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