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Certified Pre-Owned - A Look at Chevrolet's Program for Certified Pre-Owned

The Ins and Outs of the Manufacturer's Program


Certified Pre-Owned - A Look at Chevrolet's Program for Certified Pre-Owned

2005 Chevrolet Impala

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Updated June 11, 2011

Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this explanation of the certified pre-owned program offered by Chevrolet. This explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer's certified pre-owned program.

In 2011, GM revamped its certified pre-owned program so it is no longer called GM Certified Used Vehicles. The biggest change for consumers was the introduction of Owner Care, a first in the certified pre-owned vehicle industry that includes a two-year/30,000-mile standard vehicle maintenance program, will cover oil changes based on each vehicle's Oil Life Monitor system, tire rotations, and multi-point vehicle inspections at no charge to the customer.

To be considered for the GM Certified program, a vehicle must be six years old or newer, with less than 75,000 miles. (That's a really generous timeframe.)

  • The vehicles get a five-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance and courtesy transportation;
  • 172-Point Inspection;
  • 3-Day/150-Mile "No Questions Asked" Customer Satisfaction Guarantee; and
  • a Vehicle History Report;
  • free trials of OnStar and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
  • GM also says its offers like-new vehicle financing for qualified buyers but only on certain vehicles.

So, forget about a 2006 Corvette Z06 at 2.9 percent financing. Take any financing claims with a grain of salt because manufacturer financing is a mercurial thing subject to change on the slightest whims.

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