Why Buy Certified Volvo

The perks of buying a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo and why Volvo's CPO program is a leader in the automotive industry

When customers visit our Volvo location in Pasadena, California it's common for them to believe they only have two choices when shopping: going with a new Volvo or a buying a pre-owned Volvo. In fact, they actually have three! The third choice can be easily forgotten, but we at Rusnak Auto Group are here to remind people that they can also shop our Certified Pre-Owned Volvo selection.

A Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Volvo is technically under the pre-owned umbrella, but the CPO title isn't just added to any Volvo that comes onto our lot as a trade-in. It needs to be earned, and while all our pre-owned Volvo's receive a thorough inspection before being presented for sale, a Volvo that hopes to become certified goes through a review that's exceptionally rigorous.

For starters, a vehicle must have less than 80,000 miles and a clear CARFAX vehicle history report to even be considered for the CPO title, even if it has been well-cared for. Then the model in question goes through a 130-point inspection. To give you an idea of how comprehensive this inspection is, here's a little sampling.  Trained technicians review audio, transmission, glass, tires, interior accessories, luggage compartment, fluids, lights, brakes, USB plugs and even the condition of the cupholders!

They also check to make sure the vehicle's frame hasn't been compromised or that tiles or mileage information has never been incorrectly calculated; no stone is left unchecked and unturned. Any component of the Volvo that needs to be repaired or replaced is taken care of (using only Genuine Volvo parts and accessories, of course), and then finally they take it on a road test. Like getting into an Ivy league university, even some shinning stars don't make the cut, and that's the same with these challenging inspections.

Because CPO Volvo's must pass such stringent tests, you might be wondering what the purchasing appeal is, aside from knowing the crossover, wagon or crossover has been thoroughly checked out. That line of questioning is understandable, especially since the cost of a pre-owned Volvo is less than a Certified one.


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What you'll get with the Certified Volvo is backed up added peace of mind. When we say "backed up" we mean going beyond the platitude. If you drive off with CPO Volvo you'll also receive:

  • A 7-year/100,000-mile warranty
  • Complimentary Volvo Roadside Assistance for lifetime of the warranty
  • $0 deductible for repairs that meet the CPO warranty
  • CPO Increase Protection Plans

Protection plans, for example, are available in Gold, Gold Plus, and VIP Platinum levels. They even protect you if you plan on traveling in Canada and need a repair.

Additionally, the 7-year warranty is transferrable if you choose to sell your Volvo. On the other hand, if you're enjoying it so much you can extend it for a total of 9-years/125,000-miles!

The CPO Volvo warranty is one of the best in the industry, and with the flexibility and offerings it's easy to see why.

With a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo you get the best of both worlds. You get a competitive price that is lower than buying a new Volvo, but you also get warranties and protections that you wouldn't receive buying a standard pre-owned Volvo. For the right buyer it's a win-win situation! For more information on our Certified Volvo section, the warranties, and the additional protection plans, visit our dealership this week to learn more and go on a test drive.