Motor Trend Auto Group is best known for their monthly Motor Trend magazine, but they also rank the best certified used car programs each year through their IntelliChoice division.
The 2011 winners of the 12th annual IntelliChoice Certified Pre-Owned Program rankings are solid choices for anybody looking to purchase a used car. Buying used can cost much less than new, but even a used vehicle is a major financial investment. For both affordability and reliability, consider a used car through one of these top-rated certified pre-owned programs.
IntelliChoice rated certified pre-owned programs on this set of eight criteria:
- Extended manufacturer warranties
- Certification inspection process • Program/dealer compliance
- Return exchange policies
- Roadside assistance
- Special financing
- Title verification
- Brand value
Best Premium Program Award: Volvo
The consistency and quality of Volvo’s CPO program has kept the program at the top of IntelliChoice’s rankings for the last four years. Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles come with these great benefits:
- 6-year, 100,000-mile factory scheduled maintenance warranty
- Availability at 100% of Volvo dealerships
- No deductible on warranty service
- 3 months of free SIRIUS Satellite radio
Best Popular Program Award: MINI
Equally consistent is MINI’s CPO program, which has been awarded the best popular CPO program three years in a row. MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles include these benefits:
- 24-month, 50,000-mile comprehensive warranty after the original new car warranty
- Complimentary roadside assistance for the term of the warranty
- MINI Next financing offers
- Free car history report
Specific Category Awards
Volvo and MINI had the best overall scores, but didn’t top every category. If you’re not interested in one of these cars but still want a great used car with a quality certified pre-owned program, consider any of the following carmakers:
- 100% Premium Inspection Award: Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
- 100% Popular Inspection Award: Ford, Mercury, Nissan, Toyota, Suzuki
- Best Premium Brand Quality Award: Infiniti
- Best Popular Brand Quality Award: MINI Save money when buying a car by choosing to buy used.
Save money down the road by choosing an award-winning certified pre-owned program.