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Within the past few years, automakers have somewhat invented a new class of car, which they call Certified Pre-Owned or CPO. It fits in between brand new and traditional used cars and can provide car buyers a bit more peace of mind with their purchase.

Every manufacturer has its own set of criteria as to what qualified as a certified car, but most, if not all, include a thorough multi-point inspection, a vehicle history report, and warranty coverage, either the remainder of the original warranty or an extension of it.

We'll focus on Chrysler's CPO program to highlight some specific examples. In order for a vehicle to qualify for Chrysler's program, which includes the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram brands, it has to be five years old or newer and have fewer than 75,000 miles on the odometer. These vehicles are then put through a 125-point inspection that checks numerous features and system including under the hood, operational functions, a road test, powertrain, general maintenance, appearance, and more.

If any functions are found to be faulty, they are repaired or replaced to meet the strict requirements. Because of this thorough process, buyers can feel confident that mechanical issues won't be coming quickly down the road.

And, in the chance that problems do arise quickly, a Chrysler CPO car is covered by a 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and 3-month/3,000-mile Maximum Care Coverage. These two warranties cover nearly every aspect of the car.

Another general benefit to CPO programs is that dealerships across the country will honor a CPO warranty. So, you don't have worry about moving or traveling. In addition, warranty coverage is almost always transferrable so it can add extra value to your car if you decide to sell it to another person.

Come check out our excellent selection of Certified Pre-Owned cars from both Chrysler and Ford here at Rudig Jensen.