Buying a new Cadillac can be expensive. But buying a used one can be risky. So what can a risk-averse, budget-conscious Caddy fanatic do? Fortunately, there is an answer, an answer that comes in the form of Certified Pre-Owned Cars (CPO). While they are generally priced higher than non-certified Cadillacs, CPOs come with a number of extremely attractive benefits that for many Caddy owners, more than justify the price. For starters, most have a limited warranty (always good to have). Roadside assistance and loan vehicles are also usually included in the price. If you want peace of mind and aren’t afraid to pay for it, a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac could be your ideal match.
But that doesn’t mean that CPOs are for everyone. Nor is it to say that they do not come without their problems. As with any major purchase, you need to close the deal with both eyes wide open. If you are hoping that you won’t experience any issues with a car simply because you have CPO status, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Like any other type of vehicle, CPOs can break, they can fail, they can rust. Sometimes they may not even be a CPO (yes, distributors can be crafty). If you want to minimize risk, you need to know exactly what to watch out for.
The Benefits of Getting a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac
When you consider the benefits of buying a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac, you must ask yourself why more people aren’t jumping on the train. Some of the benefits you can expect from the program include….
You will work with a franchised dealership
When you buy a used Cadillac on the open market, you are exposing yourself to risk. When you buy a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac, that risk is not completely eliminated, but it is minimized. As caranddriver.com points out, the main explanation for the lower risk is that only franchised dealers sell CPO vehicles and only sell their own brand (for example, Toyota dealers sell only Toyota, Cadillac dealers sell only Cadillac). The upshot of this is that you will be working with an established dealer with a direct link to the manufacturer. So the chances of shady deals are minimized – a used car dealer might be willing to put themselves on GM’s bad books, but a franchised dealer is unlikely to want to do the same.
You will have greater access to current models
Most Certified Pre-Owned Cadillacs are cars that the dealer has returned at the end of their lease or as a trade-in. What does this mean? It means that the CPO program gives you access to the kind of new-generation, low-mileage vehicles that you are unlikely to have access to in the general used car market. If you want to drive what could essentially pass as a new vehicle without paying for the privilege, a CPO provides the opportunity.
You will get warranty as standard
The chances of you getting a normal used car with warranty are slim. Your chances of getting a certified pre-owned Cadillac with warranty are guaranteed. As noted by cars.usnews.com, all Certified Pre-Owned Cadillacs carry a six-year / 100,000-mile limited warranty. If the vehicle’s original manufacturer’s warranty is still in effect, it will also carry over. As an added benefit, the certified warranty will only go into effect on the expiration date of the original warranty, ensuring you won’t lose by having two warranties running simultaneously.
You will have access to great advantages
When shopping for a used car, don’t expect too much in terms of added benefits. If the salesperson is nice, he could throw in some cans of antifreeze, but that’s about it. When you buy a Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac, you get many benefits. Some of the standard extras included in the sales price include 24-hour roadside assistance and a borrowed vehicle during warranty repairs. If the car you choose comes with satellite radio capability, you get the benefit of a three-month free trial of the service; If you have OnStar equipment, expect a three-month OnStar trial that includes Automatic Collision Response, Vehicle Diagnostics, Step-by-Step Instructions, and the Remote Link OnStar app.
You will enjoy a better tranquility
Not all cars can become a CPO. Before a Cadillac is entitled to claim the title, it must undergo a 172-point inspection at an official Cadillac dealer. The inspection is nothing if it is not exhaustive, and …