Dodge Certified Pre-Owned, Guaranteed Peace of Mind

28 Nov

Late in the 20th century, when the median transaction price for a new car passed $25,000, the concept of leasing was born. While it enabled consumers to pay a low down payment and only the depreciation of the car for the duration of the lease, it left dealerships with an abundance of low-mileage used cars in need of new drivers. The concept of Certified Pre-Owned was the solution – subject the vehicles to rigorous mechanical inspection, make an accurate assessment of the remaining life of the car, and sell it with the reassurance of a warranty.

With such a guarantee, and therefore alleviation of risk and anxiety, why would consumers still purchase from a private seller? “CPO” vehicles typically cost $1,500 – $2,000 more than a privately sold used car, but forgoing that premium also means forgoing any legal recourse if anything goes wrong with your new purchase. In fact, the discount found in buying privately is only valuable to those who don’t mind the risk, and who can accept a “what you do or don’t see is what you get” chance. Considering that chance may cost you far more than the extra cost of purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle from a dealership, any buyer’s best bet is to buy something with certainty to begin with.

A CPO vehicles sold by Dodge come with the uncompromised standards of a brand new Dodge car or truck. All Dodge CPO vehicles are less than five model years old and have less than 65,000 miles and come with no frame damage, a clean title and a guarantee that any after-market accessories have not compromised emissions, safety or the operation of the CPO…

Dodge Certification Standards & Inspection

In addition to Dodge’s impeccable quality regulations, each Dodge CPO is guaranteed to be a well-maintained, late-model Dodge. Expertly trained technicians put every CPO vehicle through a 125-point inspection, a reconditioning process with Authentic Mopar parts and CARFAX Vehicle History Report review.

A Dodge CPO vehicle inspection includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Just Like New – Every Dodge CPO comes is equipped with the owners and warranty manuals, CARFAX Report, operational key and a CPO Consumer Warranty Booklet.
  • Mechanical Standards – A pre-road test and under the hood and operational checks, steering performance, equipment operation, Powertrain and braking performance, vehicle comfort assurance and a post-road test.
  • Maintenance Standards – Inspects and/or changes all fluid levels, filters, hose replacement, front and rear brake component condition, identifying all non-Mopar accessories, tires and wheels, shocks, struts, CV boots, exhaust system, suspension, steering components and a StarScan diagnostic.
  • Looking Good – Includes interior and exterior checks on body and door panels, bumpers, glass, truck bed and bed liner (if applicable), instrument panel, seating, carpet, floor mats and luggage compartment/trunk.
  • Clean as a Whistle – This portion of the inspection is for assurance of exterior and interior detailing to include a clean engine compartment, touch-ups (if necessary), wash, wax, removal of tar or bugs, and an overall interior cleaning that includes shampooing and vacuuming. It also assures that there are no leaks, odors or moisture.

Dodge takes its CPO vehicle inspections very seriously and if the vehicle does not pass any portion of the 125-point inspection, it will not be certified.

Peace of Mind

A Dodge CPO vehicle warranty is valid for 3-month/3,000 mile non-transferable Maximum Care® coverage with a $150 deductible. Dodge also provides a transferable (one-time only) 6-year/80,000 mile Powertrain warranty and limited lifetime warranty upgrades. The limited warranty includes repair and replacement of driveline, engine and transmission-with some exclusions. The Dodge CPO vehicle warranty also provides 24-hour roadside assistance and a car rental allowance.

There’s no price one can place on assurance as good as the Dodge CPO program, but it’s always good to know that Dodgeland of Columbia works with several banks to get you the best financing available!  Long after you take delivery, you’ll be driving with the peace of mind that Dodgeland will also keep that CPO running like new with their state-of-the-art maintenance facility with a fully-stocked parts department (no waiting!) and even a frame straightening machine!


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