• Comparing Certified Car Warranty Programs by Manufacturer

    Finding the best certified car warranty can take some time, but with a wide variety of programs offered by manufacturers in all segments, you are sure to find the certified pre-owned program that works best for you. The following CPO warranties provide comprehensive coverage that can save you thousands of dollars in possible repairs. As you review these programs, you will notice that the best bumper-to-bumper offers are from luxury manufacturers. While mainstream brands are most likely to offer a short bumper-to-bumper warranty, but comprehensive powertrain-only coverage.

    Luxury Brands: Volvo and Jaguar

    It is perhaps fitting Volvo and Jaguar were once united under the Premier Automotive Group moniker at Ford Motor Company. Today, both manufacturers offer unparalleled bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage in the luxury segment. Jaguar’s comprehensive coverage features a 140-point inspection that includes reconditioning and repairs as needed. After a Jaguar is certified, it carries a bumper-to-bumper warranty of six years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle’s original in-service date. Only the best Jaguars are selected for certification, and they must be under 60,000 miles at the time of inspection. So purchasing a certified used Jaguar will guarantee you at least 40,000 miles of warranty coverage. Volvo offers coverage similar to Jaguar, but a certified pre-owned Volvo may be certified up to 75,000 total vehicle miles, guaranteeing at least 25,000 miles of warranty coverage.

    Mainstream Brands: General Motors, Chrysler and Ford

    Mainstream domestic manufacturers also offer comprehensive certification programs, but they are universally focused on offering a short-term bumper-to-bumper warranty in tandem with a comprehensive, long-term powertrain warranty. General Motors certified pre-owned vehicles offer the most miles of coverage, with all certified vehicles undergoing a 117-point inspection before they are issued a powertrain warranty of five years or 100,000 total vehicle miles. GM’s certification program also offers the best bumper-to-bumper coverage, with a one year or 12,000 mile warranty issued for vehicles that are outside of the factory warranty period. Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep certified pre-owned vehicles offer a shorter three month or 3,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. However, Chrysler’s powertrain coverage, while only extending for 80,000 total vehicle miles, does offer six years of coverage for lower-mileage drivers. The program offered on Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles strikes a balance between the GM and Chrysler programs, with a three month or 3,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty coupled with a six year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

    In any case, whether you are in the market for a luxury or mainstream vehicle, certified pre-owned programs offer excellent peace of mind and new car ownership benefits at used car prices. The two luxury and three mainstream programs compared above offer excellent coverage and represent the best of used car certification programs.