How to Choose the Best Certified Pre-Owned Used Car

The auto industry has been hit by a double whammy. First came the pandemic, followed by a global shortage of computer chips that run critical electronic systems on today’s modern vehicles. As a result, new cars are becoming harder to find, fueling a record-setting interest in Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles. According to a recent study by Cox Automotive, as of May 2021, total sales of certified used vehicles increased by 25% compared to the previous year. 

Even without a pandemic and chip shortage, Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are deserving of love. Certified used cars have several distinct advantages compared to non-CPO used cars, making them an attractive alternative to buying a new car. For instance, most CPO vehicles come with extended warranties, free car history reports, and multi-point inspections to ensure quality and reliability. 

Just about every major automotive manufacturer offers Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. While there are similarities to these programs, some CPO programs offer longer warranties, more thorough inspections, and perks like 24-hour roadside assistance. 

So, how do you find the best certified used cars for sale near you? Go to a used Honda dealership, of course. Let’s compare how Honda’s Certified Pre-Owned and Certified Pre-Owned+ Programs stack up against the competition.

Why Honda Has the #1 Certified Pre-Owned Program

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Benefits


When it comes to used cars, Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are the cream of the crop. So, you would expect to pay more for a CPO vehicle than your average, run-of-the-mill used car. This price difference is called the “CPO Premium.”  

A recent research study conducted by iSeeCars.com found that the premium costs you’ll pay for a CPO car vary widely by the car manufacturer. In their ranking of the top 10 cars with the lowest CPO premiums, the Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Honda Accord, and Honda Civic cost significantly lower than the average CPO premium of $813 per vehicle. 

Not only do CPO Hondas have some of the lowest premiums, but they’re also some of the more reliable vehicles on the road today. One of the best predictors of reliability is the number of factory recalls. Here again, iSeeCars.com conducted a similar study of the top 10 cars with the highest and lowest recall rates. The Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, and the Honda Accord made the list of the lowest recalls. More importantly, not one Honda model made the list of cars with the highest recall rates. 

Moreover, Kelley Blue Book recently recognized Honda as their “Best Value Brand” for the 7th consecutive year*, citing Honda’s “reliability, resale value, and quality.”  

The 2021 Honda Accord has also made an unprecedented 35th appearance on Car and Driver’s prestigious “10Best” list, while Kelly Blue Book named the CR-V crossover a “2020 Best Buy of the Year” among compact SUVs. 

When shopping for Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, another important consideration is safety. Honda recently announced that six 2021 models have earned IIHS top safety ratings. These models include the Accord, Insight, Odyssey minivan, CR-V crossover, Civic sedan, and Civic hatchback

These independent research studies and automotive industry accolades demonstrate that Hondas are built to last. That means you can buy a Certified Pre-Owned Honda with confidence, knowing that it will give you many years of reliable, safe, and trouble-free transportation.  

And, if you are thinking about trading in your CPO Honda down the road, you’ll be happy to know that, according to MoneyInc.com, several Honda models are among the 20 best used cars according to resale value. 

Honda CPO Program Comparison* 

As the following table illustrates, Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are superior to CPO vehicles offered by other auto manufacturers in several key areas. 

HondaTrue Certified+Ford Blue Certified 
CPO Vehicle Qualifications 2-3 model years with fewer than 80,000 miles 10 model years or newer with fewer than 120,000 miles 
Limited Non-Powertrain Warranty 24 months / 50,000 miles 12 months / 12,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 7 years / 100,000 miles7 years / 100,000 miles
Deductible $0 $100 
Multi-Point Inspection 182 172
Roadside AssistanceDuration of limited warrantyNo
Free MaintenanceUp to 2 free oil changes / yearNo
HondaTrue Certified+ Toyota Certified 
CPO Vehicle Qualifications 2-3 model years with fewer than 80,000 miles 6 model years or newer with fewer than 85,000 miles 
Limited Non-Powertrain Warranty 24 months / 50,000 miles 12 months / 12,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 7 years / 100,000 miles7 years / 100,000 miles
Deductible $0 $0 
Multi-Point Inspection 182 160 
Roadside AssistanceDuration of limited warranty1 Year
Free MaintenanceUp to 2 free oil changes / yearNo
HondaTrue Certified+ FCA Certified
CPO Vehicle Qualifications 2-3 model years with fewer than 80,000 miles 5 model years or newer with fewer than 75,000 miles 
Limited Non-Powertrain Warranty 24 months / 50,000 miles 3 months / 3,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 7 years / 100,000 miles7 years / 100,000 miles
Deductible $0 $100 
Multi-Point Inspection 182 125 
Roadside AssistanceDuration of limited warrantyNo
Free MaintenanceUp to 2 free oil changes / yearNo

As these charts illustrate, Honda’s CPO program beats competing Certified Pre-Owned programs in the areas of CPO vehicle qualification, limited comprehensive warranty coverage, deductibles, and multi-point inspections.  

Honda CPO Program Snapshot 




HondaTrue Certified  HondaTrue Certified+ 
Covers 2016-2021 Honda Vehicles with 80,000 or fewer miles at time of delivery Covers 2020-2021 Honda Vehicles with 80,000 or fewer miles at time of delivery  
7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Coverage (from original in-service date)  7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Coverage (from original in-service date)  
Up to two complimentary oil changes within the first 12 months/12,000 miles Up to two complimentary oil changes within the first 12 months/12,000 miles 
182-point vehicle inspection with a downloadable vehicle inspection report  182-point vehicle inspection with a downloadable vehicle inspection report  
24-Hour Roadside Assistance* for the duration of the CPO limited warranty  24-Hour Roadside Assistance* for the duration of the CPO limited warranty  
Non-Powertrain coverage for vehicles purchased within New Vehicle Limited Warranty period: extends New Vehicle Limited Warranty to 4 years/48,000 miles (based on the odometer) For vehicles purchased within New Vehicle Limited Warranty period: 5 years/ 86,000 miles (based on the odometer) 
Non-Powertrain coverage of 12 months*/12,000 miles from the delivery date after the new vehicle limited warranty has expired (based on the odometer). 24 months/50,000 miles of Non-Powertrain coverage for vehicles purchased with less than 12 months/12,000 miles after the new vehicle warranty has expired, based on original in-service date (based on the odometer). 
$0 Deductible $0 Deductible 
Trip Interruption* Trip Interruption* 
Concierge Services*  Concierge Services*  
Sirius XM Radio 3-month free trial* Sirius XM Radio 3-month free trial* 

Shop Certified Pre-Owned Hondas in South Florida

Certified Used Honda for Sale in Miami


If you’re in the market for the best used cars for sale in South Florida, you owe it to yourself to check out the superior quality, reliability, and benefits of Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles at your conveniently located South Florida Honda Dealers.  

Click here to request a quote on a Certified Pre-Owned Honda, or click here to find a South Florida Honda Dealer near you. 


Disclaimers: 

Available during the Non-Powertrain Coverage Period. For 2015 and newer models, Honda Roadside Assistance is available throughout the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period and can be reached at 1-866-864-5811. Non-covered services require a separate payment at the time of service. For additional warranty coverages, please consult your specific program details. 

Concierge Services are available through the non-powertrain limited warranty period. 

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*Source: Kelly Blue Book Certified Pre-Owned Programs