In fact, prestige brands Lexus, Jaguar and Mercedes- Benz were among the pioneers of the CPO concept back in the ’90s. They were joined soon after by programs from BMW, Audi and (eventually) virtually all of the usual luxury suspects — including relatively recent converts Ferrari, Maserati and, yes, even Bentley.
Parents purchasing a first car for their teen face a dilemma. While they might not be able to afford a brand-new vehicle, they also don’t want their child driving an unreliable and perhaps unsafe used car bought blind from a lot or private seller.
Not all certified pre-owned vehicle programs are created equal, but they keep getting better — and the best of the lot are bunched very tightly at the top. In fact, several CPO programs earned perfect scores for their inspection lists. And how do you improve on perfect?.
Like just about everything else in the world of car buying, CPO purchases are not set in stone. Buyers can negotiate better terms, longer extended warranties, free service appointments and other extras “Technically, everything’s negotiable,” Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder said.