How Do Used Cars Become Certified Pre-Owned?

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Have you ever wondered about how to get a used car certified? Although some used car dealerships will ‘certify’ models in their inventory, private sellers and individuals are technically not able to list their models as Certified Pre-Owned. So, how is a car certified pre-owned? First, an authorized dealership like Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich performs an extensive used vehicle inspection, designed by the manufacturer in order to ensure quality. If the vehicle passes, and meets other stringent qualifications, it can be sold with impressive warranty coverage and other benefits.

How to Certify a Car: A Closer Look at Our Process

Are you ready to learn how to certify a car? Only a dealership like our own can sell authorized Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, but we’re happy to give you a closer look at the steps that we take as part of the process:

  • Qualifications: Only the best of the best are eligible for certification. In order to be considered, a model must have fewer than 75,000 miles and be less than six years old.
  • Used Vehicle Inspection: The manufacturers who make Mercedes-Benz vehicles have designed a 165+ point used vehicle inspection that every would-be-CPO model must undergo. If any issues are uncovered, we will repair them with genuine OEM parts.
  • Maintenance: If the model does not have a complete maintenance history that corresponds to the official schedule, we will perform all necessary services and change the filters and fluids before the car goes up for sale.
  • Vehicle History: All authorized CPO models are sold with a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report. If anything about the model does not match the report, the vehicle cannot be certified.

What’s Covered in Our Certified Used Vehicle Inspection?

If you’re gearing up to buy a CPO vehicle, you probably have questions about what we look at during our certified used vehicle inspection! Although the inspection covers more than 160 points, and includes a road test on the highways near Greenwich and New Canaan, the following examples should give you a clear idea of what we inspect:

  • Engine Oil
  • Transmission Oil
  • Any/all moving linkages on engine
  • Fuel Filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Suspension
  • All fluid levels
  • And much, much more!

If a used vehicle passes its inspection, it is offered with many exciting benefits—including warranty coverage. For a better understanding of why a CPO vehicle can be a great value, find out what protections distinguish the used vs. CPO models in our inventory.

Browse Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles at Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich!

If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of buying certified pre-owned, feel free to contact us today! We offer plenty of CPO specials that will help you get more enjoyment out of every drive through Rye or Stamford.

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