If you are in the market for a Ford, but cannot afford a brand new vehicle, you have the option of buying a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Ford instead of buying a used car. While there are similarities between buying a used car and a CPO, the differences are significant.
For those who may not be able to afford a new Ford, but want to be behind the wheel of a dependable, enduring vehicle with brand cachet, a CPO sold by Ford comes with the uncompromised standards of a brand new Ford car or truck. All Ford CPO vehicles are less than six model years old and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Ford F-Series trucks, E-Series vans and vehicles through the 350 Series are eligible for certification.
Ford Certification Standards & Inspection
In addition to stringent Ford impeccable quality regulations each Ford CPO is guaranteed to be a well-maintained, late-model Ford. Expertly trained technicians put every CPO vehicle through a 169-point Quality Check inspection, a reconditioning process with genuine MotorcraftÂ® parts and CARFAX Vehicle History Report review.
Ford CPO vehicle inspection includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Vehicle History-This includes VIN match, OASIS performed, Vehicle History Report, scheduled maintenance performance and emissions checks (where applicable).
- Road Test-Starting and idling, acceleration, engine noise, transmission, transaxle, shifting, clutch, steering, suspension, struts, shocks, brakes and all gauges and memory profile.
- Vehicle Exterior-Checks include body panels and bumpers, doors, hood, deck lid, tailgate, grill, trim, roof rack, glass, mirrors and exterior lights.
- Vehicle Interior-Air bag, safety belts, audio and alarm systems, heater, vents, AC, defrost, interior amenities, carpet, trim, floor mats, seats, sunroof/moonroof/convertible (when applicable), window, door locks and luggage compartment.
- Vehicle Diagnostics-This is a Module System Test.
- Underhood-All fluid replacement or replenishment, engine, cooling and fuel system and electrical system.
- Underbody-This includes a frame, exhaust system, transmission, transaxle, differential, transfer case, tires and wheels, suspension steering and brakes.
- Convenience-Owner's guide, keys and key fobs, Universal Garage Door Opener and full fuel tank.
Ford takes its CPO vehicle inspections very seriously and if the vehicle does not pass any portion of the 169-point inspection, it will not be certified. If it is a hybrid Ford, the Powertrain, entertainment and information display, software, 100v power outlet and the cooling system are checked, in addition to the other points of CPO vehicle inspection.
Ford CPO Vehicle Warranty
A Ford CPO vehicle warranty is valid for 3-month/3,000 mile and covers more than 500 components. Ford also provides a transferable 6-year/100,000 mile Powertrain warranty. The Powertrain warranty includes repair and replacement of the engine and transmission-with some exclusions. The Ford CPO vehicle warranty also provides 24-hour roadside assistance, travel and car rental reimbursement and destination expense assistance.
For a full explanation of Ford CPO vehicle warranty, visit: http://www.fordcpo.com/ford/benefits_warranty.asp#comprehensive.
Financing a Ford CPO Vehicle
When financing any vehicle, the buyer has a few options. A bank, credit union, or online finance company can help you with the financing. However, Ford CPO vehicle financing is comparable to new car terms and finance rates. Ford offers specials and incentives and bank rate comparisons; therefore Ford CPO vehicle owners are eligible for the same low interest rates and longer terms as new car owners.
Ford also provides an easy budget planner, Intelliprice trade-in value calculator and credit application at: http://www.fordcpo.com/ford/financingTools.asp.