What is Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned?

Lincoln’s CPO program has offerings that are the next best thing to brand new.

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The solution for many shoppers looking to balance used-car pricing with new-car condition and warranty coverage is to buy a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle. However, not all CPO programs are created equally. Let’s take a look at what you get when you walk into a Lincoln dealership in search of a certified used car.

What Makes a Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned?

A CPO Lincoln car will be less than six years old and have fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The car must also have a Carfax report free of major issues.

Every Lincoln CPO car and SUV must also pass a 200-point inspection. Lincoln-certified technicians go over every potential certified vehicle and repair any broken parts with factory-authorized components. Technicians ensure that the vehicle drives properly, the exterior and interior features work, fluids are maintained, and tires are in good shape. If the car has any safety recalls, this work is performed before the dealer offers the car for sale through the CPO program.

The Lincoln CPO Warranty

Every CPO Lincoln car or SUV comes with a six-year/100,000-mile limited warranty from the original new-vehicle-warranty start date. This means that if you purchase a five-year-old CPO Lincoln, such as a 2018 Navigator, the warranty is only good for one more year or until the odometer hits 100,000 miles — whichever comes first. However, this warranty covers more than 1,000 parts, including engine, transmission, drivetrain, brakes, and steering components.

If you don’t want to get hit with any bills to maintain your Lincoln, you can also purchase the optional Extended Service Plan Package. This will lengthen that warranty to nine years or 125,000 miles and includes scheduled maintenance. However, Lincoln charges a $100 standard deductible on all warranty work.

Other Lincoln CPO Perks

Every Lincoln CPO vehicle comes with a 14-day/1,000-mile money-back guarantee. Drive it for two weeks, and if you don’t like it, the dealer will refund your money or find another Lincoln CPO for you.

Lincoln buyers get 24-hour roadside assistance through the duration of the warranty. This includes up to $100 worth of towing services, on-site tire changes, delivery of two gallons of fuel, lock-out assistance, and battery jump-starts.

Road trips are stress free thanks to up to $500 reimbursement for food, lodging, and rental car expenses if your Lincoln CPO breaks down more than 100 miles from home. If you just need to get to your destination, Lincoln will reimburse you $75 for expenses incurred. If a rental car solves your problem, the company will foot a bill of up to $45 per day for five days.

Lincoln Black Label CPO Benefits

Lincoln’s crème-de-la-crème Black Label cars get upgraded interior appointments and also come with concierge perks that transfer when the car or SUV is sold under the CPO program. These cars get a four-year/50,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan, and the company will even pick up the car, deliver it once work is completed, and give you a loaner car for the time in between. Buyers can get the car detailed for free after one year and bring the vehicle into the dealership for a standard wash at any time.

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Emme Hall
Emme Hall loves small convertibles and gets out to the canyons in her 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata whenever she can. You can also find her in the dirt in her lifted (yes, that's right) 2001 Mazda Miata, or racing air-cooled Volkswagens in races like the Baja 1000. She's taken first place twice in the Rebelle Rally — once driving a Jeep Wrangler and then a Rolls-Royce Cullinan the second time. She was also the first driver to take an electric vehicle to the Rebelle Rally when campaigning the Rivian R1T to a top-five finish