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A Look at Mercedes Benz Certified Pre-Owned

The Ins and Outs of the Manufacturer's Program

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A Look at Mercedes Benz Certified Pre-Owned

2005 C32 AMG Mercedes

Photo © Mercedes

Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this explanation of the certified pre-owned program offered by Mercedes Benz. 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.

Each Mercedes Benz certified pre-owned has less than 75,000 miles and is less than 6 model years old.

Mercedes-Benz USA has introduced an enhanced extended limited warranty (ELW) for its Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles. Effective February 2011, the Mercedes-Benz CPO ELW has additional mileage coverage for both the one and two year warranty packages: The one year will cover up to 120,000 miles (up from 100,000) and the two-year will cover up to 135,000 miles (up from 100,000).

Every Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz comes with a one year CPO warranty that covers the vehicle for one year and up to 100,000 total vehicle accumulated miles. The Mercedes CPO warranty begins after the Mercedes-Benz four-year/50,000 mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty expires by time or mileage, whichever comes first. The MBCPO Extended Limited Warranty begins after the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty expires. At this point, the new CPO ELW provides vehicle coverage for another 12 months or up to 120,000 total vehicle accumulated miles or 24 months, or up to 135,000 total vehicle accumulated miles.

For those Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicles that are no longer covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty, the Mercedes-Benz CPO Limited Warranty takes effect at the time of delivery. This coverage extends to the engine and power train, steering, suspension, brakes (excluding wear of discs and pads), electrical system, climate control system and navigation.

It's not a great basic warranty. At its absolute best, you'll get 25,000 miles or a year's coverage on a 6-year old Mercedes Benz.

One feature I like is Mercedes says it discloses if restorative body repairs have been performed of a cumulative value in excess of 10% of the vehicle's current market value.

Read more at the Mercedes certified pre-owned website.

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