CPO means whatever you think it means. In other words there is no industry standard for CPO programs.
There is no industry standard to certify a used vehicle, and there is no industry standard for the inspection process, or who performs a CPO inspection.
A CPO program is basically some type of warranty. Be sure you understand the warranty before you purchase.
Most CPO warranties cover only the drivetrain (engine and transmission). Many used car buyers believe that a CPO vehicle comes with a comprehensive bumper to bumper warranty, only to find out they are responsible for nearly all repairs. In most cases, a used car buyer can purchase the same coverage for less than the extra money spent for a Certified used vehicle.
Despite the benefits associated with manufacturer-certified used cars, consumers still need to be careful. Consider these potential drawbacks:
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