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A certified pre-owned car is a used car that’s been through an automaker’s inspection, which provides an extra sense of security in buying a used car. To gain certification, late-model vehicles have to fall within a limited age and mileage bracket.

Most certifications offer an extended powertrain warranty up to 10 years/100,000 miles (Mitsubishi); many auto manufacturers also recondition the vehicle before it’s put on sale.

Certified pre-owned cars typically list higher than non-certified cars – on midsize cars it averages about $1,100 more -- but the peace of mind and extended warranty can justify the extra cost in many situations.  

We have a section dedicated to certified pre-owned vehicles. For more in-depth information, see here.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on April 29, 2009 in What Car Should I Buy? , What Does This Mean? | Permalink

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