Getting the keys to a certified vehicle is a great opportunity to get the best of what new cars and used cars have to offer. They’re still in excellent condition, but a little more affordable. So, what’s it like to purchase a certified pre-owned car?
To help drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison get a great rate and know what to expect, Ron Hibbard Toyota looks at some tips to buying a certified vehicle.
What Is A Certified Vehicle?
A certified vehicle is a pre-owned car that’s only a few years old, has low mileage, and is still in prime condition. Many auto manufacturers have their own distinct set of requirements for what makes a vehicle certified pre-owned.
A Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) must have less than 85,000 miles on it and have been made in the last six years. Once it meets these standards, a team of Toyota service technicians gives it a 160-point Quality Assurance Inspection.
This inspection looks at all of the vehicle’s systems, including its mechanical parts, features, and appearance. Once it’s passed the inspection, it can officially be certified.
Tips to Buying a Certified Vehicle
Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle is a lot like buying a new car. Some useful tips to know before you decide to buy and meet with a financing expert are:
- Research the Manufacturer’s CPO Policy – Knowing that every certified Toyota has passed a 160-point inspection, is no older than six years old, and has fewer than 85,000 miles on it lets you know what kind of condition the vehicle is in.
- Check Your Credit – Having good credit can help you qualify for better financing rates and get approved for a better auto loan. You can check your credit score and history for free online with sites like Experian. You can also improve your credit by paying off any outstanding debts or not making any big purchases for a while.
- Read the CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ – Every TCUV comes with a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™. This provides you with a detailed timeline of the vehicle’s backstory and includes information like its service history and a profile of its previous owner.
- Test Drive & Inspect the Vehicle – While a certified car has been inspected, it’s still a good idea for you to take it for a test drive and look it over before you decide to buy. This way you’ll know if it feels right for you and looks as appealing as it did online or on the showroom floor.
- Check the Warranty – Just like manufacturers have different requirements for their certified vehicles, they also offer different warranties. For Toyota, every certified vehicle comes with 1-year of roadside assistance, a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a 12-month/12,000-mile limited comprehensive warranty.
Check Out Our Certified Toyota Vehicles
Visit Ron Hibbard Toyota to find and test drive the certified vehicle that’s right for you. We offer a large selection of reliable vehicles to drivers in the Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison area. To learn more about these tips to buying a certified vehicle, contact us or visit our dealership.