Consumers have lots to think about when buying a vehicle. One of the first things to decide on is a workable budget. The next decision to make is what sort of vehicle you are most interested in.

At Cotrac Lincoln in Dutton, our professional sales team encourages our customers to keep an open mind during this part of the decision-making process. Your dream car may be available to you at a lower price as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.

But what does that mean for the consumer, exactly? We think you’ll be happy you asked!

Certified Pre-Owned Buyers

In our experience, most certified pre-owned shoppers are budget-conscious, know what it is they’re looking for, and have an idea about the features that are most important to them. In most cases, the certified pre-owned buyer has done their homework before they come to the dealership.

Most consumers know that brand-new vehicles depreciate in value the minute they are driven off the lot and into the consumer’s garage. For some, that depreciation is worth getting a brand-new, never-driven-before vehicle.

But for others, patience in finding exactly what they are looking for - lower cost, low mileage, specific features, waiting to find the newer-model car for a substantially lower price - is most important. That’s a value that can’t be underestimated.

In the past, purchasing a used car had a negative connotation. Consumers were afraid of getting hoodwinked by shady salespeople. Times have changed. Now, for vehicles to be listed as certified pre-owned, they must meet a stringent checklist of criteria, which inherently creates safeguards for consumers. Buying certified pre-owned is a win for all involved, especially the budget-conscious deal-hunter.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Certified pre-owned vehicles fall right in the middle of a vehicle pricing scale. They are less expensive than a new car of the same make/model, but more expensive than a used car. If consumers are patient, the savvy shopper can sometimes find a certified pre-owned vehicle identical to a new make and model (except for the odometer reading). These savings can sometimes be incredible!

At Cotrac Lincoln, it is important to us that our friends and neighbors feel confident in the choices they make. The Lincoln Company has incredibly stringent criteria for its certified pre-owned vehicles. This checklist is just one example of our commitment to brand quality.

For a Lincoln to be certified pre-owned, it must meet a 200-point inspection. There are also limits on mileage and additional limited warranty coverage, with options to purchase extra warranties.

Some of the standards our certified pre-owned vehicles must meet include:

    • Less than 60,000 miles on the odometer

    • 200-point inspection

    • CARFAX Vehicle History Report to identify potential issues

With these high standards, our customers should have complete peace of mind.

The Checklist

Almost all companies have available checklists that their vehicles must meet in order to be certified pre-owned. However, Lincoln’s is one of the most extensive, with 200 points of inspection that cover exterior, interior, underbody, and even the mechanics and computer systems under the hood.

At Cotrac Lincoln, we delight in knowing our certified pre-owned vehicles are at top performance. Some of the items on our checklist include:

    • Cruise Control

    • Gauge Operation

    • No Abnormal Wind Noise

    • Navigation System

    • Tailgate Inspection/Alignment

    • Grille Inspection

    • Trim Inspection

    • Power Outlets

    • Glove Box

    • Windshield Wipers

    • SYNC System

    • Drive Axle Fluid

    • Power Steering Fluid

    • Rotors and Drums

Comprehensive Limited Warranty Coverage

Additionally, we offer a comprehensive limited warranty that covers repair or replacement for more than six years from the original Lincoln New-Vehicle Limited Warranty start date or up to 100,000 miles on the odometer. Since it covers over 1000 components, this warranty is one that really works for you.

There are even protections against failure due to abnormal wear and tear resulting from defective materials or workmanship. That’s something that hardly any other competitor can provide. Areas of coverage within that warranty are:

    • Engine

    • Transmission

    • Rear-wheel drive

    • Front-wheel drive

    • Steering Components

    • Brakes

    • Air Conditioning and Heating

There are also additional service plan packages available for those who prefer extended coverage. We recognize that not every plan suits every customer, so be sure to ask one of our sales team about additional warranties or add-ons that may suit you best.

Roadside Assistance

You will have real confidence knowing that a Lincoln certified pre-owned vehicle comes with complimentary roadside assistance. Benefits include:

    • Towing assistance up to $100, including accidents

    • Transmission service

    • Flat-tire changes

    • Fuel delivery - up to two gallons with no charge

    • Jumpstarts for dead batteries

    • Lockout assistance

    • Service throughout the US and Canada

Other benefits include:

    • Travel expense reimbursement

      • Up to $500 for three days’ lodging, meals, and a rental vehicle if a breakdown occurs more than 100 miles from home.

    • Destination expense assistance

      • Up to $75 for emergency transportation to your immediate destination

    • Rental car reimbursement

      • Up to $45 per day for up to 5 days

Confidence and Trust

Our team at Cotrac Lincoln on Currie Road has lived and worked in our community long enough to know what our customers value in their vehicles. While certified pre-owned may not be appropriate for every consumer, it can be one way to get the car of your dreams for less. That’s something everyone can appreciate!

Come check out our impressive inventory, professional salespeople, and smart finance team. We love serving you!