With ratings ballistic and buyers spending more than ever on buying used cars meanwhile, cars with 100,000 miles or more are now considered moderately used. Effectively, the market is full of people sprinkling new car money not so long ago on a car that would have been considered completely exhausted. However, used car sales are booming, especially Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle (CPO) programs. Anything that can help a shopper with peace of mind about what they will be getting will be a boon to the process, which is why Honda and Acura have renewed their CPO program to include a wide selection of used cars.
At the bottom, the HondaTrue Used class now accepts cars up to ten years old, with no mileage limit. This was not the case before. The vehicle is fully covered for 100 days or 5,000 miles after purchase, whichever comes first. Used buyers at this level also benefit from common CPO perks like roadside assistance, trip interruption compensation (if your new used car breaks down away from home), and one free oil change during the first year or 12,000 miles. As with the other two levels, this level offers a replacement policy for another Honda CPO within three days or 300 miles.
Furthermore, HondaTrue Certified accepts Honda vehicles up to the age of five. The vehicle is fully covered for one year or 12,000 miles after the original new vehicle warranty expires, and the powertrain warranty is only valid for seven years out of the vehicle’s model year or 100,000 miles on the odometer. This oil offers a free second oil change during the first year as well.
HondaTrue Certified+ is only for vehicles purchased during the new vehicle warranty coverage period – so, less than four years and less than 48,000 miles. It provides the same powertrain coverage as the HondaTrue.
Acura says its CPO division has posted five consecutive years of growth and hit a record in 2021, allowing it to position Audi as the number four for luxury CPO sales. Their Acura Precision CPO now offers a class of Acura Precision Used for vehicles up to ten years old, with no mileage limit. After purchase, every used Acura Precision gets full and powertrain coverage for up to six months or 7,500 miles. The usual CPO perks apply here, too, including Acura Cars Motor Club roadside service, free oil change, Acura concierge, and a seven-day or 300-mile replacement period after the vehicle is purchased.
Acura Certified extends its offering in life up to six years with 80,000 miles on the odometer, extends roadside service an additional year on an Acura Precision Used, along with a few other small changes.
Even if the global situation does not remain as expensive and volatile as it currently is, we will never go back to the way things were, so we believe there will be a lot of renovations from the automakers in the future. It might not be the best time to buy a car right now, but if you have to, there’s a bit more protection if you look in those two places.