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Car Buying 101 – New or Used?

There is nothing like that new car smell, it is fresh and shiny so the answer to buy new or used is easy right? That depends on several factors and there may be a third, better choice.

For many customers the choice between new and used comes down to the basic question of why they are considering buying a vehicle, is it to get the latest model or because of a new innovative feature? (like when adaptive cruise control came out many customers wanted to get a vehicle with that feature)

So sometimes a new car makes sense. In some cases customers use the factory rebates to help payoff their current vehicle. Some customers want to lease their vehicles so in most cases new car leasing programs are more attractive to those buyers. Many customers just want to buy a new car because of the factory warranty sometimes that include scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance.

But for some customers looking at a used car makes sense. Many customers are interested in purchasing expensive luxury vehicles but dont like the price tag so they look for those same vehicles that are a few years older. Some customers prefer to purchase used vehicles perhaps as a first car for a teenager in the house because of insurance rates or other reasons.

Maybe there is a third, better choice. Several years ago vehicle manufacturers came up with the Certified Pre Owned program. Certified Pre Owned vehicles are usually required to be less than 4 years old, miles under 50,000, free of large body damage, clean CarFax histories, and pass an extensive Certification Inspection. For customers that are not sure whether to purchase a new or used vehicle a Certified Pre Owned vehicle may be the answer. Here are some of the benefits of each Certified program:

Ford Certified Pre Owned

In addition to peace of mind, each Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with these benefits:
• Warranty – In addition to 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty coverage, every Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicle also comes with 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty coverage (ask your dealer for warranty details).
• Roadside Assistance – Roadside Assistance is offered for the full duration of the Limited Warranty coverage. That’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in case of a breakdown, blowout or bad weather. Roadside Assistance includes: Travel expense reimbursement of up to $1,000 for up to five days of lodging, meals and rental vehicle – Destination expense assistance of up to $75 to cover the emergency cost of a taxi, shuttle or rental car to reach your destination – Rental car reimbursement of up to $30 per day for up to five days if the vehicle requires overnight mechanical repairs
• 172-Point Inspection – Before any vehicle can be called a Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, it must pass a 172-point inspection. Factory-trained technicians recondition any component that does not meet program standards, or they replace it with only new Ford Motorcraft® or Ford Authorized Remanufactured Parts. Ask your dealer for a copy of the Vehicle Inspection Checklist.
• Vehicle History Report – You’ll definitely know your vehicle’s history when you purchase a Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. As part of the 172-point inspection process, a Vehicle History Report is run to identify any vehicle that does not meet Ford Certified Pre-Owned standards. Ask your dealer for a copy of this report.

Chevrolet Certified Pre Owned

Every CPO delivers confidence with two warranties backed by the companies that built the vehicles.
. 6-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
. 12-Month/12,000-Mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty
. $0 Deductible and Transferable
You get to kick off your new relationship the right way, with hassle-free, reliable service. Get two included maintenance visits within
2 years/24,000 miles, which includes oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.
Don’t sweat your purchase; you’ve got some time to change your mind. Exchange your CPO vehicle for a different one within 3 days
or 150 miles from purchase.
We’re here to help, if you need it, on any of your adventures. You’re covered with full Roadside Assistance for the duration of your
Powertrain Limited Warranty (6 years or 100,000 miles) from new-vehicle delivery, whichever comes first.
All vehicles equipped with OnStar hardware are eligible for a limited trial of OnStar, including Automatic Crash Response, Advanced
Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation.

Chrysler Certified Pre Owned

With a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle (CPOV), you have far more than just a “used” vehicle. You have confidence, pride and a vehicle that you can trust. You’re Certified.

Every Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram CPOV can be counted on to go the distance. Our CPO vehicles must pass a stringent certification process that guarantees only the finest late model vehicles get certified. Every vehicle that passes is then subjected to a comprehensive 125-point inspection and a thorough reconditioning process using Authentic Mopar® Parts.

For even more peace of mind, add the factory-backed 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Coverage

24-Hour Towing and Roadside Assistance, Car Rental Allowance

CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and an introductory 3-month subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.5 Plus, we offer something you won’t find from any other manufacturer: Certified Warranty Upgrades. Imagine that … a warranty that will cover your CPOV for as long as you own it!

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