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Why buy a certified pre-owned VW?

CPO Volkswagen in Elgin, IL

You’ve likely heard the words Certified Pre-Owned being batted around the past few years. Though the term “pre-owned” in reference to a car has traditionally been associated with some degree of risk, the word “certified” has a reassuring ring to it. What exactly is certified pre-owned, and why should you buy it?

The Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned, or CPO, program is an effort by the automaker to bring together the assurance of quality one gets from a new vehicle with the lower-priced value obtained from buying used. Though a used car usually comes with some degree of uncertainty, Volkswagen uses elements like a comprehensive inspection, warranty coverage, roadside assistance, and vehicle history report to instill as much confidence as possible in their CPO machines.

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CPO Warranty

Every CPO Volkswagen is covered by a model-specific limited warranty. This begins either when the new vehicle limited warranty expires, or on the sale date of the CPO vehicle; whichever gives you longer coverage. Warranty details can be explored here: https://www.elginvw.com/gowithconfidence.

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Roadside Assistance and Vehicle History Report

In addition to warranty coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance is provided for two years. The buyer also gets a CARFAX® vehicle history report so that they get all the details on what the machine has been through in the past and can be ready for any issues that might arise during their time with it. All these factors combine to provide as much confidence as possible for the driver in their CPO VW.


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3-Month SiriusXM® All-Access

Finally, the icing on the cake is that every certified pre-owned Volkswagen comes with a 3-month SiriusXM® All-Access trial subscription. With all the above, the more pertinent question may be: why wouldn’t you buy certified pre-owned?

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How does a Volkswagen qualify as Certified Pre-Owned?

To qualify for CPO status, a Volkswagen vehicle must survive an intensive 100+ Point Dealer Inspection. Any defects found are remedied, and if new parts are needed, genuine OEM Volkswagen parts are used.

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