Certified by whom? Make sure you know who sets the standards for the certification program and who makes certain they’re being enforced. Look for a manufacturer backed program -- the best people to certify a car are the ones who built it. Unscrupulous sellers often claim a car is certified but the certification isn’t worth the paper on which it is printed.
Do your homework. You still have to pick the right car for you. Research the makes and models that make sense for your driving needs -- long commutes, taking kids to soccer, teenager’s first car. Check safety and reliability reports published online and prices from your whole area.
How was the car certified? At a minimum a car should have a detailed mechanical inspection and a CARFAX vehicle history report. Ask to see the results of both. The car may be certified, but you’re the one who’s going to be driving it.
What does it get you? The certified used car you’re buying probably comes with an extended warranty. Make sure you know exactly what this covers and for how long. You can always add additional coverage through an extended warranty for a little more money.
Ask for more! Don’t forget -- you’re the one buying the car. If you want roadside assistance, options added to the car, free oil changes or anything else don’t be afraid to ask. You can ask for anything before you buy. Courtesy of ARA Content