It may have faded from the new car scene, forever relegated to the history books, but Saturn has recently been given an extended lease on its afterlife thanks to the decision by General Motors to include the brand in its GM Certified program. This news comes as a boon to used car shoppers who are interested in taking advantage of the excellent deals available on recent Saturn vehicles.
Not only have the prices of remaining new Saturn cars and crossovers been slashed over the past year in an effort to get them out the door and off the lot, but secondhand car values have dropped as well. In part, this is due to shoppers feeling wary of their ability to receive warranty service and a steady stream of replacement parts from GM once all existing Saturn dealerships are mothballed. However, the new participation in the Certified program changes things dramatically for used Saturn shoppers.
Anyone who purchases a secondhand Saturn through the GM Certified initiative will be afforded with a 12 month, 12,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, as well as a much longer five year, 100,000 mile warranty that covers the vehicle's powertrain. The latter can also be transferred to a new owner should the automobile be sold during the warranty period, which " hspace="10" vspace="10" width="275" align="left" />adds significant resale value to a used car. Each vehicle participating in the GM Certified program must be at most five years old and show less than 75,000 miles of use. GM Certified Saturns also go through a comprehensive 117-point inspection process that helps to ensure that each vehicle matches the program's extremely high quality standards. Shoppers who are dissatisfied with a GM Certified Saturn retain the right to return it to the dealer for a complete refund within three days or 150 miles, whichever comes first.
Although the wind may have largely left Saturn's sales, used car shoppers who act fast will be able to score quality cars like the Saturn Astra, Saturn Sky and the Saturn Aura at a very low price. As more and more buyers become aware of Saturn's inclusion in the GM Certified program, prices will eventually stabilize and perhaps even rise to represent the true market value of these vehicles. GM's decision to extend this program to Saturn indicates that drivers have little to fear in terms of being abandoned by the automotive giant when it comes to warranty work or service options.