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(JA April 2015)
Are you considering buying a "Certified Pre-owned" car?
Before deciding on a certified pre-owned car, keep in mind that not all "Certified" programs have the same level of reconditioning, warranty, or finance incentives. Also, there are two types of certified cars, those certified by the dealer and those certified by a factory sponsored program. A dealer can call a car certified if they perform a basic mechanical fitness and issue a government safety standards certificate. A factory program insists on a multi point inspection (Volkswagen Certified is 112 points) with much more detail and higher standards of reconditioning to qualify. FYI Volkswagen doesn't just "check" for the 112 points, the vehicle must meet or exceed the standards to qualify!
Let's do a brief comparison............
Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned:
Factory-certified cars typically represent the best overall deal. It means the vehicle has been inspected, needed repairs have been made and the car has been backed by a factory warranty (VW's "Assurance Premium" warranty is NOT just power-train, it even covers heated seats!!) & offers super low financing rates, sometimes even lower than new car rates!
PLUS At Brantford Volkswagen we also provide a Carproof history report (not just a Carfax), remove all liens, perform any service to bring car up to date, remove any surface dents, touch-up stone chips, perform a professional clean, PLUS, we will show you our "evidence manual", available on each car, with any available past service history, a detailed report of the VW Certified inspection, & details to show you all work we performed to re-condition the car.
A dealer certified car probably didn't get the multi point inspection or the series of repairs that our Volkswagen factory certified car did. Also, these cars won't have the option of a factory backed warranty, at a low price-point, as our "Assurance Premium" cars do, but will have the availability of an aftermarket (non factory) warranty with deductibles, repair limits and less than stellar reimbursement history.
Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned:
Any authorized retailer in North America can repair the vehicle (VW has no deductible and no repair limits on "Assurance Premium" & includes genuine VW road-side assistance on all program cars).
Many aftermarket warranties will have portions of the repair listed as "not covered" in the fine print, such as seals & gaskets etc., leaving out of pocket amounts to still be paid, often unexpectedly. Aftermarket warranty companies are not honoured at all repair facilities. This puts the responsibility on the vehicle owner to pay for the repair initially and seek reimbursement from the warranty company after the fact. You must clearly know your deductibles and repair limits if you have an aftermarket warranty.
Higher standards must be met through inspections; brakes and tires must have a minimum of 50% wear remaining in our inspection, and are reported as such.
(This effectively means you won't be replacing these items as soon).
A Government issued safety standard certificate requires only 10-30% wear remaining on these items.
The great news is, you can enjoy the prestige of owning a Volkswagen & financial savings of buying Volkswagen Certified Pre-owned vehicle, with full confidence. But, better yet, you can buy a Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Brantford Volkswagen and enjoy the benefits of our attention to detail with the vehicle's condition, and our full disclosure approach by viewing our "evidence manual", saving you time & money!
(And you'll have some fun too!!)
WARNING certified pre owned are not all equal