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What is a Used-Certified Vehicle?

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If you're in the market for a new vehicle, you're probably analyzing the pros and cons of buying a new versus a used car. A new car is terrific, but the cost can be more than some buyers are willing to spend. Used cars are more affordable, but the uncertainty about how they've been cared for may not sit well with some buyers.

A used-certified vehicle offers an option that addresses both concerns: while the cost is less than a new car, the vehicle will have undergone a detailed, multi-point inspection and reconditioning process. Many of these cars also come with a manufacturer-backed warranty, and buyers may also receive free maintenance, free roadside assistance, special financing, and a complimentary loaner vehicle if necessary. Used-certified cars are also typically lower-mileage vehicles, and may be newer than the average non-certified used car.

According to Damian Gabrus, General Manager at Hawk Volkswagen located in Joliet, The multi-point inspection is typically quite rigorous; necessary repairs are made and worn out parts are replaced before the car becomes available for purchase. If a vehicle doesn't meet the standards of a dealership's used-certified program, it will simply be sold as "used" states Gabrus.

Mercedes-Benz and Lexus were among the first luxury car companies to create used-certified programs. The idea became popular because it gave used-car buyers peace of mind about their purchases. When a manufacturer stands behind its used vehicles, buyers have a lower risk of purchasing a vehicle with hidden problems. The cost of a used-certified vehicle will be higher than a used car, but less than a brand new car. The confidence that a used-certified vehicle offers the buyer is definitely worth the additional cost.

If you're considering purchasing a used-certified vehicle, discuss the benefits with your local dealership. Ask about the inspection, any available warranties, and other extras that may sweeten the deal. Hawk Volkswagen has Certified Pre-Driven Vehicles at their State-of-the-Art Facility

Located at 2861 W. Jefferson St., Joliet.

For more information, please contact:

Hawk Volkswagen in Joliet

#1 Volume VW Dealer in Illinois*

815.741.1100

HawkVW.com

*Based on 2018 retail sales