Top 10 Tips for Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car


Purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle is one way to avoid getting a lemon — but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still put the squeeze on the seller for more info and a better price. Following our 10 simple pieces of advice — such as asking to see a certification checklist, knowing the warranty's age and mileage limits, and not hesitating to haggle — will help ensure you're not soured by your pre-owned buying experience.

10 Certified Pre-Owned Buying Tips

By Matt Schmitz | June 9, 2013 | Comments (2)



Be careful. A few years ago I was looking for a used car for my daughter. Stopped by a Buick dealer and drove a "Certified" car. This was in January in Chicago and when I went to turn the fan up for heat....guess what, fan didn't work at all. Guess that item wasn't on the checklist LOL. Pretty good inspection....ya think?

You pay a lot extra for these Certified designations, try and make sure they do a decent job of inspecting and fixing.


Yeah, I would be very careful in choosing to buy any used car. The odds simply are against you. You're buying wear and tear.

When I was young and poor as a young airman in the US Air Force I was forced to buy 'used' because I didn't have a lot of money and had to depend on the integrity of the dealers.

There is no such thing as integrity at car dealers. They'll sell their mothers if the price is right! When something breaks they don't know you from Adam.

I learned expensive lessons. Then I started buying the cheapest new econobox with a warranty I could find and kept it until the wheels fell off. Never had any problems.

Eventually I was able to afford larger and more luxurious cars but I never bought used again.

If you buy used, you buy other people's problems.

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