In the Price Comparison Tool you'll sometimes see this icon indicating a vehicle has qualified for a Certified Pre-Owned program.
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The CPO badge distinguishes used vehicles that have been certified by their OEM (i.e Ford).
A CPO car must first meet minimum age and mileage requirements, and then pass a thorough inspection.
An automaker or dealer will check on hundreds of parts and systems to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.
Then, typically, the CPO car will get a warranty that extends the miles covered, the months remaining, or both to the bumper-to-bumper warranty or powertrain warranty.
This extended warranty will be reflected in the higher price these vehicles tend to carry.
CPO cars also often come with a free vehicle history report, roadside assistance programs and other perks.
To be clear, only a manufacturer's franchised dealer can sell that manufacturer's CPO vehicles. This means that if a dealership can sell new Hondas, then it can also sell Honda CPO used vehicles.
It cannot, however, sell a BMW or any other brand of used vehicle as certified.
Car shoppers are often confused as dealers will sometimes call their used vehicles "certified" because they've put them through a basic inspection. These vehicles are not actual CPO vehicles as they have not met the manufacturer's criteria for inspection, so they will not qualify for Certified Pre-Owned status.