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Old 08-22-2017, 02:21 PM   #1
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Is it safe to assume CPO cars good to go if they pass my stringent visual inspection? Or maybe depends on the brand?

I know I have read of shading CPO cars but hopefully the extended warranty catches any issues
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Old 08-22-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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Watchu buyin'?

As for the CPO thing, IMO, it depends on many factors. But my official answer would be probably but not necessarily.
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I have seen 'not great' CPO cars. So my answer would be 'no'. Was the first driver an owner or lessee? Was it fully maintained or minimally? Depends on the brand and many other things.
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but this is for a MDX. Local dealers have CPO for low 40ks but the one we are looking at is $47k new so I would probably just buy new then. But LA dealers has a bunch in the mid to upper 30ks so $10 savings seem worth it. Acura CPO basically just adds a year to the normal warranty.
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I have seen 'not great' CPO cars. So my answer would be 'no'. Was the first driver an owner or lessee? Was it fully maintained or minimally? Depends on the brand and many other things.
yeah this would be for Acura(or porsche). The ones she is looking at are only a year old with low teens miles.
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There is a good chance the cars are fine (and likely a better selection in SoCal compared to the Northeast in terms of condition). But CPO is not equivalent to a scrutinizing buyer checking it out. They have an incentive to "pass" the car.
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They have an incentive to "pass" the car.
That's the key.

But the type of car you are searching for is unlikely to be abused.
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There is a good chance the cars are fine (and likely a better selection in SoCal compared to the Northeast in terms of condition). But CPO is not equivalent to a scrutinizing buyer checking it out. They have an incentive to "pass" the car.
Yeah, I remember TD's E36 M3, which was CPO but turned out to have been hit in an accident that *should have* been disqualifying.

That said, for an Acura/Porsche SUV, I wouldn't stress too much about it.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:32 PM   #9
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The extra warranty is nice, but I put 0 faith in the CPO process catching anything meaningful.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:57 PM   #10
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My experience is the CPO inspection is a joke. You can ask for the list of items that were actually addressed (not the inspection sheet with the check boxes, but anything that was actually fixed, replaced, etc). The CPO warrant varies widely from brand to brand and ties you to a dealer as opposed to a good indy shop.

I've found it better to find a well priced used car, have a PPI and get a good (lots of reviews on who is and isn't reputable) aftermarket warranty (if you want to minimize risk) that clearly defines what is covered.
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