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4 Reasons to Go With a Ford Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

Posted at Thu, Sep 6, 2018 7:20 PM
Blue 2018 Ford Focus | Wade FordWhile new Ford vehicles are quite affordable when compared to the competition, they still might be out of the budget of some car buyers. Luckily, Ford operates a certified pre-owned (CPO) program that takes the anxiety and fears out of buying a used car. If you're in the market for a new car but can't afford the price tag of a new vehicle, here are a few reasons to consider a Ford CPO vehicle.
  1. Comprehensive Inspection
When buying a used car, you never know what you're going to get. Even if the car looks to be in good condition, you might not realize it has a serious flaw until you drive it off the lot. Luckily, Ford's CPO program eliminates this fear by requiring each used vehicle to undergo a 172-point inspection. This gives you confidence in knowing the car you're purchasing is in great shape. The 172-point inspection is separated into several parts. These include:
  • Vehicle history (five items).
  • Road test (17 items).
  • Vehicle exterior (13 items).
  • Vehicle interior (52 items).
  • Vehicle diagnostics (one item).
  • Underhood (35 items).
  • Hybrid/electric vehicles (15 items).
  • Underbody (30 items).
  • Convenience (four items).
In addition to this inspection, all Ford CPO vehicles must be less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles.
  1. Warranty Coverage
All Ford CPO vehicles come with a comprehensive limited warranty that offers protection for over 1,000 different components. Some of these components include:
  • Air conditioner and heater.
  • Brakes.
  • Rear- and front-wheel drive.
  • Emissions and technology.
  • Safety systems.
This warranty is good for 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition, Ford offers a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty to cover issues with the engine or transmission. And if you decide to sell your car before the warranty expires, it will transfer to the new owner without any issues.
  1. Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report
Once a car passes the 172-point inspection, Ford goes a step further by ordering a CARFAX Vehicle History Report. This report looks into any previous issues the car may have had that the inspection couldn't find. For example, Ford won't allow flood- or fire-damaged vehicles to become a part of the CPO program, and this is exactly the type of situation the CARFAX report reveals. Other problems the CARFAX report can find include:
  • Branded title.
  • Frame damage.
  • Vehicle title history.
  • Odometer issues.
  • Accident history.
  • Salvage history.
  1. 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Even with all the care and attention devoted to each CPO car, things can still go wrong. This is why Ford offers 24-hour roadside assistance for every CPO vehicle. There are no limitations to this service — it's available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can get help with a flat tire, engine trouble, or anything else that has you sidelined on the shoulder. With all these benefits, the Ford CPO program is clearly a great option for people who don't have the cash for a brand-new vehicle. Check out our inventory of CPO vehicles to find the one that's right for you. Image via MotorVerso | Licensed by CC BY 2.0
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