Getting more car for the money: Toyota Certified Used Vehicle program

December 1st, 2015 by

Auto RecyclingBuyers who want the increased purchasing power available when shopping for a used car versus a new car often wonder what advantages a Toyota Certified Used Vehicle offers over non-certified used vehicles.

Late model trades and lease returns make up a large majority of the inventory in this category. They must be within six years of the current model year and have less than 85,000 miles on the odometer. After the car passes a thorough inspection it receives certification. Although these cars are not just like new, shopping among this specific inventory provides assurances that the vehicle is a great choice.

The Toyota difference

Some dealerships offer third-party warranties or in-house extended warranties and call some of their vehicles “certified”, but unless the dealership is authorized to sell the specific make as a new vehicle, buyers should be aware that they may be setting themselves up for disappointment. Light reconditioning, a quick visual check, and a test-drive are the norm for some dealerships, and consumers should be aware of the difference between a self-labeled certified used car and a Toyota Certified Used Vehicle.

In addition to providing the buyer with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, each Toyota Certified Used Vehicle undergoes a 160-point quality assurance inspection and comes with a 12 month/12,000-mile comprehensive warranty. This warranty is transferable at no cost. Buyers also enjoy 24-hour roadside assistance for the first year, and the 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty that stays with the car until it meets those limits, regardless of transfer of ownership. For hybrid vehicles, this warranty is an 8 year/100,000-mile factory hybrid battery warranty.


Special financing is also available for qualified buyers interested in shopping South Dade Toyota’s Certified Used Vehicle inventory. Standard new car financing rates and terms are applicable to any Toyota Certified car.

Maximizing purchasing power while minimizing risk is a top consideration of used car buyers. While it’s never possible to turn a used car into a new car with any amount of reconditioning, the Toyota Certified Used Vehicle program offers peace of mind for the buyer, special financing opportunities, and a great way to make the most of a limited budget.