• Certified Pre Owned Honda: Certification Standards and Inspection Highlights

    When you are in the market for a certified pre owned Honda, you are shopping for a reliable vehicle that will give you many years and miles of reliability. In addition to reliability, you are also looking for a vehicle that will give you an excellent value for your dollar. Certified used Honda vehicles provide an excellent value by giving many of the advantages of purchasing a new vehicle, like a warranty and roadside assistance, while offering you a price that is thousands of dollars lower. Whether you are in the market for a used Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot or Ridgeline, the Honda certified pre owned program offers peace of mind at an excellent price. The Honda certified program includes a certified used limited warranty that extends powertrain coverage to seven years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle’s original in-service date. This is in addition to any remaining bumper-to-bumper warranty on the vehicle at the time of purchase. Honda’s factory coverage is an impressive five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. You can find a great selection of certified used Honda vehicles by making use of CarsDirect or the Honda website. In order for an ordinary used Honda to become a certified used car, it must undergo a comprehensive inspection. The following list highlights some major components of the inspection:

    • All vehicles must be less than six years old or have less than 80,000 total vehicle miles.
    • The owner’s manual, new car warranty information, certified warranty, vehicle history report, inspection checklist, radio security code and navigation code must be included in the glove box.
    • At minimum, the engine oil and filter must be changed, and other maintenance items like the air filter, brake fluid and coolant are replaced if needed or recommended by the maintenance schedule.
    • The vehicle is next taken on a road test by the technician, during which acceleration, operating temperature, smoothness, braking and overall performance is evaluated.
    • An inspection under the hood includes checking the battery, alternator, starter and cooling system are checked. The condition of belts and hoses are also checked for wear and replaced if needed. If timing belt service is required based on mileage or maintenance history, it must also be completed to save the next owner the significant labor costs associated with the timing belt job.
    • The vehicle is next placed on a lift, at which point the tires, wheels and lug nuts are inspected. While the vehicle is lifted, the underbody is also checked for fluid leaks. The suspension is also reviewed for undue wear and tear, with repairs made as necessary.
    • The final check includes an inspection of the interior and exterior for fit, finish and function. If repairs are necessary, they must be made before the vehicle is detailed inside and out prior to being offered for sale.

    After the comprehensive Honda certified pre-owned inspection, you can buy an used vehicle with peace of mind, knowing that all of the major mechanical systems are covered by an impressive seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty. Your certified vehicle can provide years of reliable service for a price that can save you thousands over a new vehicle.