Benefits of Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Cars in Kansas City

In the classic movie “Forrest Gump,” Forrest observes that “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The same could be said about buying a used car. Pre-owned vehicles come in all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Put simply, some used cars are better than others.

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So how do you know that the used car you are buying will be reliable? One way to avoid the uncertainty that comes with some used cars is to consider buying a “Certified Pre-Owned” (CPO) vehicle from a reputable used car dealership in Kansas City.

At the McCarthy Auto Group family of car dealerships in the Kansas City area, we want you to make an informed choice when it comes to purchasing a used vehicle. That’s why we think it’s important for you to understand the benefits of buying a CPO vehicle from McCarthy.

Because the McCarthy Auto Group represents 4 major automotive brands – Chevrolet, Hyundai, Nissan, and Toyota – you have many quality CPO cars from which to choose. Each manufacturer’s criteria for their Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are a bit different, but generally speaking, there are many similarities to how each manufacturer determines if a car is worthy of being called Certified Pre-Owned.

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle from McCarthy Auto Group:

Vehicle Quality – Only late-model cars with low mileage are accepted into a manufacturer’s CPO program. These cars must also come with a clean vehicle history report from a third-party evaluator such as CARFAX®. In other words, these vehicles are “the cream of the crop.”

Inspection & Reconditioning – Once a car is considered a candidate for certification, it goes through a rigorous inspection process. Trained service technicians go over the car meticulously, both inside and out. Any mechanical or cosmetic defects are repaired according to the manufacturer’s strict guidelines. Every effort is made to ensure that the vehicle is in “like new” condition.

Warranty Coverage – Many CPO vehicles qualify for a warranty that extends the original manufacturer’s warranty coverage on the engine, powertrain, and other key components. In some cases, if a factory warranty covers a longer period or more mileage, the balance of that original warranty will transfer to the new owner.

Roadside Assistance Packages – Many CPO cars come with free 24-hour emergency roadside assistance as part of the warranty package. This coverage provides for towing, gas, jump starts, and other common problems. The roadside assistance package provides the buyer with additional peace of mind.

Financing – Many CPO vehicles qualify for lower finance rates because their quality is a cut above. Many interest rates are comparable to those one would find on a new car. While it’s true that a CPO car costs more than a regular used car, the lower interest rate can help offset this difference in price and lower a person’s monthly payment.

Now let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of the various manufacturers’ CPO programs:

GM-Certified Chevrolet

  • Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan
  • Two Manufacturer-Backed Warranties (12-Month/24,000-Mile Bumper-To-Bumper & 5-Year/100,000-Mile Limited and Transferable Powertrain Warranty)
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation
  • 3-Day/150-Mile Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
  • 3-Month Trials of Onstar® and Siriusxm® Satellite Radio
  • Be Within Current Plus-5 Model Years
  • 175-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Process

Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned

  • 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty+ Plus The Remainder of The 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 150-Point Inspection
  • 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance
  • Rental Car & Travel Interruption Reimbursement for Covered Repairs
  • 3-Month of No-Charge Siriusxm® Satellite Radio “All Access” Trial
  • Carfax® Vehicle History Report™

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned

  • Must Be Less than 6 Years Old with Fewer than 80,000 Miles
  • 167-Point Inspection
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Warranty
  • 24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Car Rental Reimbursement and Towing Benefit
  • Use Only Genuine Nissan Parts
  • Carfax® Vehicle History Report™
  • Siriusxm® Satellite Radio with 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • Optional Security+Plus® Extended Protection Plan

Toyota Certified Used Vehicle Program

  • 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Comprehensive Warranty
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 160-Point Inspection
  • 1-Year of Roadside Assistance
  • 160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
  • Carfax® Vehicle History Report™
  • Certified Customers Are Eligible for Standard New Car Financing Rates
  • Extended Warranty Coverage Transferable At No Extra Cost

Note: Please contact a McCarthy Auto Group dealership for specific details and coverage.

Buy with Confidence at a McCarthy Auto Group Dealership

When you purchase a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle from one of our 7 conveniently located McCarthy Auto Group dealerships throughout the greater Kansas City area, you know that you are buying a quality vehicle that will give you many miles of reliable enjoyment no matter where the road takes you.


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