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As a customer, one of the most important things you can do is educate yourself as much as possible about the products you are interested in. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to buy a new truck, a computer, or a new phone – the more you know, the better equipped you are to get exactly what you need. Here at Wilde Toyota, we are always happy to answer all of our customers’ questions, and we often find that many people come to us confused about the difference between Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles (CPO) and other used vehicles.

Many people think that CPO is just a fancy way of referring to used vehicles in general or just some type of marketing terminology. In reality, however, Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are very specific models that offer some real advantages for our customers. Let’s take a moment to look at what these terms mean and what they mean for you when you’re shopping for a used vehicle.

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned: The Certification Process

When it comes to Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles specifically, the certification process and requirements are designed to ensure these vehicles are in the best condition possible. In order for any Toyota vehicle to even be considered for certification, it cannot be more than 6 years old and it cannot have more than 85,000 miles on it. A lot of other manufacturers allow for up to 100,000 miles and longer periods of time on their certified vehicles – but Toyota’s standards for their CPO cars are higher.

If a vehicle meets those requirements, then a CARFAX vehicle history report is reviewed for it to ensure it does not have any major issues in its history. If the vehicle passes this report inspection, then it goes on to a rigorous 160-point vehicle inspection at the dealership by certified service professionals that know Toyota vehicles inside and out. Only once it passes this inspection to ensure it is in the best condition possible can a vehicle be Toyota Certified Pre-Owned and offered to you.


Toyota Certified Pre-Owned: Benefits of CPO Vehicles

Although Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are in the best condition possible, the benefits of purchasing one over other used cars don’t end there. Toyota offers a 12-month or 12,000-mile comprehensive warranty on all of their CPO vehicles, as well as a 7-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty on them. You won’t find that kind of warranty coverage with other used Toyota vehicles, especially if you buy them from a private seller. This gives you a level of protection you can usually only get with a brand new vehicle, and truly sets Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles apart.

You also get 7-years of roadside assistance for free with the purchase of a Toyota CPO vehicle, which includes services such as help with flat tires, lockout service, fuel delivery, and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery. Best of all, this roadside assistance and all of the extended warranty coverage are completely transferrable to a new owner if you sell the vehicle while they are in effect, adding to the resale value of your CPO vehicle.

Come visit us at Wilde Toyota in Milwaukee, WI, today and see the Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles we have for you.


Now How’s That For Peace Of Mind?

Toyota Certified Program Benefits Toyota Certified Authorized Dealer Private Seller
12-month/12,000-mile, Comprehensive Warranty1
7-year/100,000-mile, Limited Powertrain Warranty2
7-year/100,000-mile, 24 Hour Roadside Assistance3
160-Point minimum Quality Assurance Inspection
Free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™4
Standard New-Car Financing Rates Available5
Reconditioned to Toyota’s standards by Toyota dealer-trained technicians
Warranty honored at over 1,400 Toyota dealers in the U.S. and Canada
Trade-ins accepted
Trouble-free handling of your transaction, including DMV paper work
Extended Warranty Coverage (items 1, 2, 3 and 4 above) transferable at no cost for added resale value
All important information clearly spelled out in your contract.

Used Vehicles in General

In general, a used vehicle is a car, truck, or other model that has had at least one previous owner, or been used by someone on a lease, and is now available for sale again. You might see the term “used” or “pre-owned” and when that doesn’t include the word “certified,” then they are interchangeable. The term “pre-owned” is typically used by dealerships like us because it sounds a bit more positive than “used,” but really, they are the same thing.

Used vehicles can include those with just one previous owner, as well as cars that have had half a dozen people own and drive them (but those are pretty rare). You will usually find used vehicles from previous model years, though it isn’t entirely unheard-of for used vehicles from this year to be available. Since a used vehicle has been owned and driven by someone else, they are less expensive than brand new cars, which is one of the main benefits they offer.


Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

When you see the term “Certified Pre-Owned” rather than just “pre-owned” or “used,” then it means something quite different. This isn’t just a marketing term; it actually makes a big difference. CPO vehicles have been bought back by the manufacturer through a dealership and checked to make sure they are in the best condition possible. Different manufacturers have different requirements for this, but they all typically involve an inspection and limits for the age and mileage on the vehicle.

The second advantage of choosing a CPO vehicle is that it will also come with warranty coverage and other offers from the original manufacturer. This gives you a level of protection for your purchase and your vehicle that you won’t find with other used cars. It’s also one of the biggest reasons to choose a dealership for a used vehicle over a private seller. No private seller can offer you a CPO vehicle – it’s something you’ll only find at a certified dealer, so keep that in mind when shopping for a used car.


112-month/12,000-mile Limited Comprehensive Warranty: Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) purchase. Program available in continental U.S. and Canada. See TCUV Warranty Supplement for details.

27-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty: Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) purchase or 100,000 total vehicle miles. Program available in continental U.S. and Canada. See TCUV Warranty Supplement for details.

3From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons, no more than 2 times per month, and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership, except alternative fuel vehicles, including electric and fuel cell vehicles, which may be towed to an authorized charging or fueling station. Services provided exclude any parts required. Program available in continental U.S. and Canada. See TCUV Warranty Supplement for details.

4CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports™ are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

5Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.

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