There are some reasons why someone chooses to buy a certified used car rather than a used car or a brand new car. This may be to seek to sell, exchange or storing an old car. Maybe it’s to buy a new model of the same brand, or looking for a more enjoyable and expensive model for business purposes. It could also be because a new car would be too expensive or it would not have the right financing or leasing options to meet the needs.
Whatever the reason, buying a certified used car is an excellent choice for those who want all the benefits of buying a used car without the hassle. If you are thinking of buying a certified used car as the first car, here is everything you need to know.
What is the difference between a used car and a certified used car?
First, it is best to know how to distinguish the difference between a certified used car and a normal used car. Both types of cars will be pre-owned and can be purchased from used dealers. However, when “certified” used cars are certified (guaranteed for stability) by an authority.
This means that the car has not only its own detailed history but that it has also been inspected and restored at one of the automotive manufacturing / retail establishments or by another certified organization. A used car from a private owner or a small dealer may also have its history, but will not necessarily be refurbished or inspected. So chances are higher that something is wrong if you decide not to have it inspected yourself. In addition, since the car is not certified, if it suddenly breaks down, it will be up to you to face the consequences.
A certified pre-owned vehicle will usually be sold by a dealer who sells a specific brand of cars, such as Toyota, as well as higher-end used car lots. The vehicle will usually come from a customer who wants to exchange his car or cancel the lease of it. Depending on the manufacturer, a certified used vehicle will generally be a model aged 5 years or older with less than 80,000 km on the odometer. A used and non-certified car may cost less overall but may have any mileage on the odometer and this may even have been changed or set to zero.
A certified car will be guaranteed by the manufacturer. That will also offer an extended warranty, different financing options and additional benefits, such as 24-hour road insurance, rental vehicles in case your car has to be left at the mechanics etc.
Benefits of buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
The price of a certified vehicle will also be different from that of a used car. A certified vehicle will generally be more expensive, not only because it is a newer model with less mileage, but also because the dealer must take into account the costs of inspection and mechanical work. Even if you must be wary when buying a used vehicle, with a certified vehicle, you can be sure to have a few years without problems and they will be supported by the dealer as mentioned in the warranty. Having a certified vehicle is also attractive when it comes to a brand that tends to have more expensive parts, such as European or luxury models, with which replacement parts are more expensive and more difficult to find.
The warranty itself is another major advantage over a normal used car.
The warranty is similar to what you would have for a new car, an extended warranty, which you can extend by paying a surplus and that will ensure that your car will be up and running for the duration of the warranty.
Although a used car purchased from a private owner or a small dealership is less expensive, there is more potential for problems with the car and with the seller/dealer. Remember that the terms of the warranty on a used car differ slightly from those of a new car.
A manufacturer’s warranty will also be covered at any of that company’s official sales outlets, while a smaller dealer’s warranty will likely be limited to that location only. In other words, if you buy a car from a Toyota dealership in Toronto, you should be able to have it repaired at another Toyota dealership in Ottawa. If you buy a car from a private dealership, you will have to bring the car back to that location if something covered by the warranty needs to be repaired.
To watch for when buying a certified used vehicle
When shopping for a certified pre-owned vehicle, do some advanced research to find out if the vehicle in question has been “certified”. Since the certification process can be done by both the dealership and the manufacturer, different things may have been inspected and repairs may have been done by both parties. For example, it would be much safer to buy a vehicle that has been certified by a manufacturer like Toyota, since its inspection and refurbishment standards are stricter, in order to make the car the closest to the car. factory quality possible.
Conversely, a used car dealer could only ensure that the car is in working order by having the most basic inspection done by another company.
Before signing a contract, be sure to read all the fine print. There will be some mechanical issues that will be covered and some not. If a repair is necessary, such as a chassis job after an accident, it is likely that it will not be covered if you or someone else is the cause. On the other hand, if you drive carefully and something is simply broken, the repair will be covered at no cost by the dealer. Make sure you understand the terms of the warranty.
Will you need a loan to finance your Certified Used Vehicle?
Since certified used vehicles tend to be more expensive, chances are you’ll need a car loan to pay for most of it. If this is the case, you can take various steps to increase your chances of getting the loan, for example:
Checking your credit rating
If you are planning to take out a loan to finance a car (which is the case for the majority of consumers), it is best to check your credit rating before applying. Although most lenders will not use your credit rating as a determining factor, having a favorable credit will certainly increase your chances. Checking your credit rating will also give you an idea of whether you can afford not only the initial cost but also all other current and future general expenses that come with owning a car.
Pay off your other debts
How can I repay my Loan? Keep in mind that apart from buying a home, buying a car, even for a used car, can be one of the most expensive transactions of your life. Not only do you have to pay for the car, but you will also accumulate expenses in the future, such as gas and repairs, or problems that are not covered by the warranty. In addition, once the warranty is over, you will have to deal with all the repairs in your pocket. So before applying for a loan, it is better to pay off the debts you may have, such as a high-interest credit card bill.
Once your other debts are paid in full, you can reevaluate your finances and determine if you can still afford the new loan debt that a new car would add to you.
Organize all relevant documentation and discuss with your lender
Before applying for a loan, you must update your financial and personal documentation and organize it.
This will make the loan application process easier. It is also important to remember that in case of a loan, interest charges will apply during the payment period depending on the size of the loan. For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to discuss all of your lender’s payment options and terms before signing. You may be able to pay for the car, but not all subsequent loan payments.
Have the vehicle inspected
Shopping for a used car can be stressful, whether you’re looking for a used car or not. Many people will tell you different things, warn you of what can go wrong with certain models or how some sellers are just trying to get rid of a bad car. So, when you find a car that you like and that seems to be in good condition, you should automatically have it inspected by a certified and trustworthy mechanic. The chassis and the interior of the car may look great but there could be a mechanical problem that you will notice only after you buy it.
In fact, even if the vehicle is already certified, it is always good to get a second opinion. Again, the certification standards of some dealers may differ from others. It is rare to find a certified car whose dealer has not included the accident record in the history of the car, but this can happen, especially when the car does not come directly from a recognized manufacturer.
So paying a little more money will ensure that there is nothing wrong with the car, mechanically or otherwise, and will help you decide if your money will be well spent.
Consider all the factors
There are many things to consider when buying a new or used car, in addition to the total price and future costs of gasoline.
For example, many Canadians do not take into account the fact that they live in unpredictable weather forecasts when buying a car. Thus, rust is an additional expense, which will vary depending on the make and model of the car, but that is a wise investment, especially during the winter months.
No matter which brand or model of certified used vehicle you want to buy, remember that a car is a huge expense. In addition, glossy paint can sometimes be enough to make a customer sign a contract that does not consider everything that can go wrong with any car. So, before making big decisions, take the time and do a lot of research to find a reliable, certified used vehicle that’s right for you.