Toyota Certified Used Vehicle Website Details Benefits, Special Rates
Finding the right certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle can be a daunting task. Most third-party auto websites include listings for certified used vehicles, but fall short when it comes to guiding consumers on the unique benefits of a particular automaker’s certified used-vehicle program.
Toyota takes much of the hassle out of searching for and even financing a well-maintained late-model used vehicle on its dedicated, user-friendly Toyota Certified Used Vehicles website, www.toyotacertified.com. The home page sports its own red, white and black “Certified” logo for gasoline-powered models and a green, white and black emblem for hybrids. The site has a simple pull-down menu that provides information on selecting a vehicle, shopping tools, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), and finding a dealer. The site can be viewed in English or Spanish, and even features a section called “Tales of the Un-Certified”—a collection of short, animated videos that demonstrate wildly hypothetical scenarios of the potential horrors that may be hidden in some un-certified used cars.
On the site, almost every possible question is answered about why to purchase or lease a Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV). According to the website, all Toyota CPO vehicles must have less than 85,000 miles on the odometer and be no more than 6 years old (2010-2015 model years). In addition, each of the 1,400 Toyota dealers in the United States and Canada that sell TCUVs must go through a rigorous vehicle review process when certifying a vehicle that includes a Carfax vehicle history report.
Toyota helps consumers navigate the shopping process from selecting a vehicle to accessing the latest local special deals and rates. There’s even a trade-in estimator on the website and information about loan and leasing opportunities through Toyota Financial Services.
To pass Toyota’s TCUV test, each vehicle must undergo a 160-point Quality Assurance Inspection that includes diagnostics and a rigorous under-the-hood exam. A list of all inspection checkpoints is on the website. Toyota factory-trained technicians also do any extra service or repair work to make sure the vehicle meets all mechanical, detailing, and appearance standards.
The inspection reviews all components, operating systems, and checks the basics: battery, braking systems, engine, and transmission system, as well as making certain emissions and state inspections are up-to-date. Technicians also check the frame and underbody. If the vehicle is a hybrid, the battery, motor, and other components are checked. Safety, technology, and electronic systems are also tested along with lighting systems, suspension, and tires.
All Toyota Certified Used Vehicles still have the 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty from the vehicle’s original selling date. Toyota Certified Hybrids include the vehicle battery warranty. Toyota does require a $50 dealership visit fee when repair work is performed under warranty, however.
Major assurance benefits of considering a TCUV are:
- 160-point inspection on gasoline-powered vehicles and 174-point inspection on hybrids
- 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive warranty that is even transferrable at no cost with rental vehicle allowance for any repair visit
- One year of free, 24-hour roadside assistance
- Carfax vehicle history report
- Eligibility for standard new-car loan/lease interest rates
- Toyota extended service coverage offered through Toyota Financial Services
Late-model cars, SUVs, vans and trucks eligible for Toyota’s CPO program include:
Cars and Vans:
- Avalon and Avalon Hybrid
- Camry and Camry Hybrid
- Prius C
- Prius Plug-in Hybrid
- Prius V
SUVs and Light Trucks:
- FJ Cruiser
- Highlander and Highlander Hybrid
- Land Cruiser