What Is Nissan Certified Pre-owned?

With two CPO programs, Nissan provides a spectrum of eligibility, confidence, and perks.

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If you want to avoid the uncertainties of the used car market, a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle can be a valuable path to explore. Unlike the "sold as-is" expectations of the private used car sale or the high-pressure environment of a used car dealership, CPO vehicles can deliver peace of mind through a standard set of requirements, a thorough certification process, and an extended warranty.

Every automaker's CPO program is different. With several affordable vehicles—including the spacious Rogue compact SUV, the Leaf compact electric car, and the sporty Z sports car—you may be considering a CPO Nissan. Here are a few points to help you make your decision.

Nissan has two Certified Pre-Owned programs: Nissan Certified and Certified Select. The former is the more comprehensive program, while the latter is a bit less discerning and includes non-Nissan models.

What are the details of Nissan Certified?

Both Nissan CPO programs offer a CARFAX vehicle history report, guaranteed trade-in price, and 24/7 roadside assistance for the duration of their respective warranty. After that, there are some differences.

Nissan Certified vehicles are less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles. Additionally, Nissan Certified vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection to be eligible. The inspection is all-encompassing, with technicians checking out the powertrain, chassis, interior, exterior, taking the vehicle on a road test, and ensuring the vehicle is up-to-date on all technical service bulletins and recalls.

The rigorous inspection allows Nissan to confidently back their Certified vehicles for seven years or 100,000 miles of limited warranty coverage. The warranty covers the powertrain and features a $100 deductible for repairs. Fortunately, Nissan includes one year of pre-paid maintenance.

What are the details of Nissan Certified Select?

Despite the name, the Nissan Certified Select program is less selective. This program includes non-Nissan vehicles up to 10 years old and with fewer than 100,000 miles.

Certified Select vehicles must also pass an inspection, although it’s about half as detailed as the Nissan Certified one, with just 84 items to check. This is important to note, as Nissan Select includes just six months or 6,000 miles of warranty coverage. Another big difference is that Nissan Select includes only one complimentary service visit, while Nissan Certified has a whole year of maintenance included.

What are the Pros and Cons of Nissan CPO programs?

Of Nissan's two CPO programs, Nissan Certified can be the better choice for used car shoppers seeking peace of mind and savings over a new vehicle. It has tighter eligibility requirements, more thorough inspection, and a more extended warranty, which is a great way to make used car shopping more approachable.

The Certified Select program is less comprehensive, with looser eligibility and fewer inspection checks, not to mention a significantly limited warranty compared to the Nissan Certified program. It may be best to consider this program if you're on a tight budget and are okay with the reduced coverage.

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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.