What is Certified Pre-Owned?

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What is Certified Pre-Owned?


The definition of a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle varies from automaker to automaker; however, regardless of an automaker’s definition of CPO, there are certain standards that these vehicles must meet to obtain the classification of a “Certified Pre-Owned” Vehicle, and not just “another used car”. One of the biggest concerns we have when buying a car is its history. Did the previous owner(s) take care of this vehicle? Did they perform the regular necessary maintenance? Will this vehicle be reliable and problem-free? Even with the introduction of CarFax, it can be hard to tell what you are buying in to. Thankfully, you can mitigate these issues by turning to vehicles with the “CPO” classification.


The process of getting a car classified as “Certified Pre-Owned” holds vehicles to a specific, strict standard. For a car to be considered as a CPO vehicle, it must pass a multipoint inspection and its dealer must offer a warranty comparable to that of the manufacturer’s. CPO vehicles are ideal for those who desire to save money over the price of a new car, but want the closest thing to a new car with a solid warranty. CPO vehicles come with many benefits, however, they are typically more expensive than cars that lack the “Certified Pre-Owned” tag.


Krietz Auto is a proud member of the NIADA CPO program. NIADA represents around 15,000 members in over 50 states. Its mission is to educate dealers on the provision of high quality service to its customers, and it ensures that its members are in compliance with the laws and regulations governing the used vehicle industry. NIADA members pledge to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics based on duty, honor, and integrity. As a member of NIADA, each of our CPO vehicles undergo a 125-point inspection that includes the vehicle’s engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, air conditioning/heating system, belts and hoses and much more. It must also undergo a vehicle history report to ensure clean operating history prior to classification. By buying from Krietz Auto, you can buy confidently and drive away in your new vehicle with the peace of mind that it is of the highest quality. We have hundreds of vehicles on our lot for you to choose from, and we can assure you that you will find the vehicle that is perfect for you. Check out our inventory and come see us today!


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