What Is Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned?

This CPO program offers plenty of warranty coverage and a 173-point inspection check on every vehicle.

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For car shoppers on a tight budget, the used market can be an obvious place to start. But buying a vehicle off a used-car lot or through a private sale can be an unpredictable experience. If you'd prefer a little more peace of mind, a certified pre-owned, or CPO, vehicle might be a better option.

Most major automakers have CPO programs, which carefully vet vehicles for mileage, cosmetics, and mechanical soundness before giving them the stamp of approval — and a corresponding warranty. Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned program is fairly comprehensive, and, considering the Korean carmaker's lengthy lineup of vehicles, it may well include a car that suits your needs.

Here's what to know before choosing a Hyundai CPO vehicle.

Hyundai CPO Eligibility

To qualify as a Hyundai CPO offering, a vehicle must be less than six years old with fewer than 80,000 miles on its odometer. The vehicle must also have a clean title and a straight frame, as verified by a Carfax report, through which the buyer can trace the vehicle's entire history.

After that, the vehicle must pass a 173-point inspection that includes interior checks, exterior checks, mechanical checks, a review of its maintenance history, and a road test. If the inspection turns up anything unsuitable, the dealer will recondition, repair, or replace the components that don't meet Hyundai's certified used standards.

Hyundai CPO Coverages

Vehicles sold through the Hyundai CPO program are advertised as having a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty. However, shoppers should understand that the coverage from those warranties began when the vehicle was new with zero miles on the odometer, rather than when it was certified as CPO.

As a result, the CPO program simply extends the new-car warranty to the new owner. Considering that CPO vehicles are at most six years old or have a maximum of 80,000 miles on the odometer, a CPO vehicle will likely have at least four years or 20,000 miles of warranty coverage left.

Similarly, the 10-year/unlimited miles of roadside assistance included with Hyundai CPO vehicles also started when the vehicle was new.

It’s worth noting that, outside of the CPO program, the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty for new Hyundai models does not transfer to subsequent owners.

Trials and Benefits

CPO buyers receive a few trial offers and other benefits as well. Owners will get a rental reimbursement of $35 per day for up to 10 days if their CPO vehicle requires service. The program also includes a travel reimbursement of up to $100 per day or $500 per occurrence if the owner has a mechanical breakdown 150 miles or more from home.

Hyundai offers a three-month trial of the SiriusXM Platinum Plan and three months of the Hyundai Bluelink Connected Care and Remote packages, which, among other things, allow owners to set their cabin temperature and start, lock, and unlock their vehicles remotely.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad is an award-winning automotive journalist who has contributed to several automotive, electric vehicle, luxury lifestyle, and technology publications. His work isn't just limited to the written word, as he's also hosted YouTube videos and podcasts. Having grown up in the '90s, he has a strong sense of attachment to that era's style, though he also loves to geek out about the modern, futuristic tech and powertrains rolling out today.