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Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac: It’s Not Just Another Used Car

Many years ago, French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded a city on the north bank of the Detroit River. The city he founded, Detroit, is now synonymous with the American auto industry, which is why it is colloquially known as Motown. Henry Leland founded Cadillac Car Company in 1902, adopting Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac’s coat of arms as his company’s logo since he claimed direct lineage to the great explorer. And this is why today, the word “Cadillac” means something outstanding in terms of luxury and quality, leading many to shop for both new and used Cadillacs for sale. And the best value of these can be found in those that are certified pre-owned.

What is Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned?

The certified pre-owned program is a great way to get a used Cadillac car or SUV. Cadillac works with its top franchised dealers to locate used Cadillac vehicles and determine which ones are in the most exceptional condition. Whether you are in the market for a luxury SUV like the XT4, XT5, or Escalade, or a performance sedan such as the CTS, ATS-V, or CTS-V, you want to know that you are getting one with the highest quality, best condition, and most affordable price.

By choosing to buy one that is certified pre-owned instead of simply used, you will get peace of mind and added benefits with backing from the Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors. In order to qualify for the certified pre-owned program, the Cadillac vehicle must be of the highest quality of condition, often including a service history with only factory dealerships. In addition, Cadillac makes sure that all vehicles in the certified pre-owned program have low mileage and are of recent vintage. These are truly the best available used Cadillac cars and SUVs on the market.

They Go Through Special Inspections

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When you are buying a used car or SUV, you are placing a great deal of trust in the reputation of the used car dealership. However, there is no way of knowing whether your used car or SUV has any underlying problems. This is not the case with a certified pre-owned Cadillac, which must undergo a comprehensive and rigorous 172-point inspection and reconditioning process. This is to make sure that each vehicle meets the standards of Cadillac concerning appearance and mechanical functions.

To achieve this, the trained mechanics at the Cadillac franchised dealership will perform several steps in this 172-point process. First, the vehicle will undergo a complete under-hood and under-vehicle inspection to find any possible issues with the powertrain and drivetrain of the Cadillac car or SUV. Second, the dealer will run a full vehicle history report to ensure any open recalls or repairs. This will also determine if there are any issues in the Cadillac vehicle’s past that may make it ineligible for the certified pre-owned program. Included in this is a requirement that the dealer performs any needed recall repairs. In this way, you will know you are getting a vehicle that has no open issues.

Third, the car or SUV will go under a full interior and exterior inspection. As part of this, the trained Cadillac technician will ensure that all safety and infotainment features function correctly. Fourth, the Cadillac vehicle will undergo a complete road test. If this reveals any issues, they will be corrected. Finally, the dealer will make sure that the vehicle has undergone all scheduled maintenance. Your Cadillac dealer will also give you a copy of the certified pre-owned vehicle’s history report for full transparency. This process ensures that any and all issues have been corrected before the vehicle is offered as part of the Cadillac certified pre-owned program and that you can check this as well.

They Come With an Exceptional Warranty

Every certified pre-owned Cadillac vehicle comes with a 6-year/100,000 mile warranty direct from the company. Here is how it works. Each new Cadillac comes with a bumper-to-bumper 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty that activated when the vehicle was initially purchased. Once you buy your Cadillac car or SUV, this original 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty will continue for the remainder of the time until it expires. Therefore, if you bought a certified pre-owned 1998 Cadillac Escalade with 15,000 miles on the odometer, the warranty would expire in the earlier of two years or the vehicle reaching 50,000 miles.

Once that occurs, the Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned warranty would activate and cover your certified pre-owned Cadillac Escalade for another six years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. In this way, you will know that Cadillac is standing behind your Escalade for a good long time, allowing you to enjoy this wonderfully engineered vehicle without worrying when the time comes for maintenance and repairs. Best of all, if you, for any reason, you choose to sell your Escalade before the expiration of the warranty, the purchaser of your certified pre-owned Escalade will get the remaining balance on the warranty at no charge. That’s right, the warranty is fully transferable, running with the vehicle and not the owner.

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More Added Benefits

Life has a way of throwing us curveballs, and sadly this holds true with our cars and SUVs. Occasionally, our vehicles have a problem when we are out on the road, leaving us in need of immediate assistance. If this happens when you drive your certified pre-owned Cadillac, you have nothing to fear since your vehicle comes with 24-hour roadside assistance. In the unlikely event that your certified pre-owned Cadillac breaks down, you can simply call the 24-hour roadside assistance number, and they will send an authorized representative to help you. This benefit continues for the life of the warranty illustrated above, so you can rest easy knowing that Cadillac is here to help you wherever your car may take you.

Cadillac also provides courtesy transportation when you need to get your certified pre-owned vehicle repaired. This benefit lasts for the life of the vehicle’s warranty. In the event you need a repair covered by the warranty, Cadillac will either provide you with a loaner vehicle or reimburse you for certain of your out-of-pocket transportation expenses while your car is being fixed. Best of all, owning a certified pre-owned Cadillac makes you eligible for Nationwide Cadillac Certified Service. This means that you can have your car or SUV serviced at any authorized Cadillac dealership throughout the United States.

My Cadillac Rewards

If all of that is not enough, by purchasing a certified pre-owned Cadillac car or SUV, you will immediately earn 6,000 points when you enroll in the My Cadillac Rewards program. This is a free-to-join program that rewards you with points every time you purchase or lease a Cadillac vehicle, pay for routine vehicle service at your Cadillac Dealership, purchase eligible parts and accessories, and activate and use OnStar and Connected Service plans. You can then take the points you have accumulated and use them for any of several benefits, including paying for service visits, purchasing vehicle accessories from participating dealerships, and even applying your points to the purchase of your next Cadillac vehicle.

With all of this in mind, there is nothing like a Cadillac car or SUV, and there really is nothing like buying one in the Cadillac certified pre-owned program. All these benefits show you that there is a huge difference between a used car and a certified pre-owned Cadillac.