Factory Certified Used Cars vs. Certified Used Cars

What’s the difference?
Almost every used car operation has some form of certified program to guarantee a product, so aren’t they equal? The answer is NO!!! The only place
AUTHORIZED to “Factory Certify” a used car is from a Franchise New Vehicle Dealership. For example, Antelope Valley Ford Lincoln is the only factory authorized dealership in the Antelope Valley that can offer “Factory Certified” Ford and Lincoln used vehicles. Any other used car operation can sell used Ford’s and Lincoln’s, but they can’t “Factory Certify” them. AV Ford is audited by the factory of Ford Motor Company to complete a 172-point inspection (Lincoln is 200 point) and maintain compliance each month that includes factory inspections while a competing used vehicle lot doesn’t have similar rules, laws, or guidelines. A small sample of those factory rules include having 2 programmed keys, owner’s manual, floor mats, matched tires in good condition, measured brake condition at 50% or better life, all factory parts must be used for reconditioning, and everything must be completed by a factory trained certified technician. Now, all that might sound trivial, but should a customer be concerned about who inspected their vehicle? What about paying $20K for a used car and getting only 1 key? How about 2 Goodyear tires, 1 Firestone, and 1 that you never heard of with poor tread left. How about the oil change and new filter? There isn’t any law that says a car lot needs to do that? The buyer’s guide says the car needs to stop safe, lights need to work, have working turn signals.

Factory Certified Benefits
Sticking with the example above, Ford Certified vehicles come with a 7 year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with a 1 year/12,000 mile Comprehensive Warranty (Lincoln’s receive 6 year/100,000 mile Comprehensive Warranty). This means that for 1 year or 12,000 miles, Ford Motor Company (at any Ford Franchise Dealership) will cover any failed part similar to a new car warranty guidelines (less the $100 deductible), and the warranty extends to the engine and transmission for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles. Another big difference when purchasing a Factory Certified Vehicle is the opportunity to wrap or increase the coverage of the factory warranty to include the rest of the vehicle components up to the 100,000 miles or 7 yearsA Factory Authorized Dealership is the only place you can buy this. This will ensure that any problem that occurs during the 7 years or 100,000 miles of coverage will be repaired by a factory trained certified technician. 24 hour roadside assistance, rental coverage, and factory oversight of the dealership making the repairs are all benefits you will receive. Any other vehicle agency selling used Ford’s and Lincoln’s, or claiming to have their own certified program, don’t have the ability to sell factory coverage of any type. 

In closing, here is some customer advice. Don’t be so quick to judge price and big selections. Affordable payments don’t help when costly repairs might end up back it your lap or be poorly repaired by non-trained technicians using aftermarket parts. Know the difference between “Factory Certified” and dealership backed programs before making your purchase decision.          


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