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Kia Certified Pre-Owned Program

by Autobytel Staff
December 3, 2010

Kia Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) automobiles are used vehicles which Kia dealers offer as an alternative to traditional secondhand automobiles. These used cars and crossovers go through rigorous inspection by qualified Kia personnel and come with the type of warranty that simply cannot be offered by a non-certified vehicle. This helps Kia dealerships stay competitive in the used car market as well as provide buyers on a budget with high quality and reliable previously owned options.

Like most CPO programs, Kia employs very strict criteria in determining which vehicles qualify for inclusion. Only those automobiles which are less than five years old, and which have traveled 60,000 miles or less as indicated by the odometer can be considered as CPO applicants.

An additional stage in the selection process makes use of a vehicle history report to further whittle down the list of CPO hopefuls by disqualifying any vehicles which do not offer a clean and clear past free from troublesome issues such as fire, theft or flood claims. Serious vehicle damage or any indication of a salvage title or odometer rollback are also grounds for dismissal from the CPO program.

Complementary to Kia’s CPO selection process is a 150-point inspection that all chosen vehicles must undergo before they are put on sale. This inspection leaves nothing to chance, as Kia technicians test and inspect each automobile’s engine, transmission, suspension, heating and cooling systems, chassis and all features in order to ensure that everything is operating at or above factory specifications. The condition of the vehicle’s interior is also taken into consideration, as is the appearance of its paint and exterior trim. Any imperfections are taken care of, and any defective or worn-out parts are replaced with new Kia components.

Based on the strength of Kia’s selection and inspection process, as well as mindset that allows the automaker to offer one of the longest new car warranties in the business, each Kia Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with an extended 10-year / 100,000 mile warranty that covers the entire powertrain (engine, transmission and related components). Kia CPO automobiles are also offered with 10-years of free roadside assistance – a perk which does not come with a mileage restriction. This particular CPO program offers all of the standard roadside assistance features, including towing, jump-starts in the event of a dead battery, flat tire replacement and trip interruption coverage that will reimburse owners for expenses related to rental cars, hotel costs or meals (up to a limit of $100 per day for three days total for each individual claim). For long-term repairs, rental car reimbursement is extended for as long as five days.

For Kia CPO buyers seeking a bumper-to-bumper warranty, additional coverage can be purchased from Kia.


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