You’re looking for a new car however current international shipping disruptions and production delays from the overwhelming demand globally mean that you’ve decided you don’t want to wait for a new car.
Like you, many Australians are making the decision to buy quality used vehicles. However, the used car market carries a number of additional risks, such as unseen damage, financial encumbrance, and no warranties or guarantees from private sellers.
Here we explain exactly what certification means for you when seeking quality used cars to buy and our top 3 reasons to buy certified.
What is a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?
Toyota is well-known for designing reliable vehicles that are built tough to stand the test of time which is particularly important with some of the harshest driving conditions worldwide right here in Australia.
A TCPO vehicle means the quality has been certified by Toyota themselves, the global trusted brand.
Our Toyota Certified Pre-Owned (TCPO) Vehicles program gives our customers the confidence to buy used cars that they can trust are of the highest quality. In order to qualify for certification, vehicles must meet a stringent set of requirements in regard to the age, mileage, and condition of the vehicle.
Vehicles that are more than ten years old or those that have travelled more than 160,000kms are not eligible for certification.
Buying A Regular Used Vehicle vs. A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
A used vehicle can be any car that has had at least one previous owner. However, not all used vehicles will meet the standards of certification required to become a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.
With such a broad range of vehicles sold under the umbrella term of ‘used cars’, it could mean anything from a 20-year-old car in poor condition with an inconsistent service history to a well looked after vehicle with a single previous owner and under 80,000 kms travelled.
Buying A Regular Pre-Owned Vehicle
There are several benefits to buying a regular pre-owned car, including a slightly lower price range and the choice between more vehicles as they do not have to meet the strict requirements of a certified pre-owned vehicle. However, there are also some risks when it comes to buying a standard used car. For example, they are unlikely to come with an extended warranty, and there is no guarantee in regard to the condition of the vehicle.
Buying A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
Conversely, when you purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle, you can have the confidence that your chosen vehicle has met or exceeded a set of strict criteria to become certified.
As Australia’s most trusted car maker, Toyota provides peace of mind when buying a used car through our Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicle program.
Each TCPO vehicle comes with a range of benefits and guarantees, including a flawless service history, comprehensive quality testing performed by Toyota Technicians, and one year’s additional Toyota-backed warranty.
Our Top 3 Reasons To Buy Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
The main 3 reasons to buy from a certified pre-owned vehicle are;
Have confidence in the condition of your car
Receive a comprehensive car history
Benefit from additional and extended manufacturer’s warranties
1) Have Confidence in the Condition of Your Car
One of the main benefits of buying a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is that you will have confidence in the condition of your car. This is because, in order to become certified, cars must be no older than ten years and must not have travelled more than 160,000 kilometers.
Additionally, all TCPO vehicles will undergo a 90-point inspection carried out by experienced Toyota Technicians to ensure that each used vehicle is in great working condition. Our Toyota Certified Pre-Owned vehicles have also been reconditioned by skilled professionals to Toyota’s exacting standards. This takes away the unknown risks of buying a used car privately, giving you peace of mind that you’re buying a reliable vehicle that has met our strict criteria.
Our TCPO Vehicles are also eligible for our Guaranteed Future Value program giving you the confidence and flexibility to either keep or upgrade your vehicle upon completion of your financing.
2) Receive a Comprehensive Car History
Another benefit of buying a Toyota Pre-Owned Certified Vehicle is that it comes with a full service history that will give you peace of mind that your car has been properly maintained, significantly reducing the risk of unexpected breakdowns or major repairs.
We will also provide you with a comprehensive CarHistory background check with all of the important information regarding the history of the vehicle. This will give you peace of mind that there is no finance owing on the car and that it has not been written off or stolen. Our background check also includes flood and storm damage checks as well as an odometer wind back check to give you confidence that the displayed odometer reading is accurate.
3) Additional 12 Month Warranty & Free Roadside
Our TCPO Vehicles are also backed by a 12-month Toyota-backed warranty beginning after the standard 5-year new warranty expires. This means that your car will be covered for 12 months after the extended warranty commences or until you reach 160,000kms, whichever comes first.
We also provide 12 months of free Toyota roadside assist on all Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, which covers flat tyres, lockouts, jumpstarts, petrol delivery, and towing to the nearest Toyota dealership. Travel with confidence knowing that our qualified technicians are available to assist you when you need it 24/7, 365 days a year.
Certified Used Cars Brisbane
Our Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program makes Downtown Toyota one of the most reliable car dealers in Brisbane. With our 90-point quality inspection, full service history, and comprehensive Car History background check, you can have the confidence to buy a used car without the associated risks and potential future costs of comparable uncertified vehicles.
When you buy a TCPO vehicle you will have peace of mind that your vehicle is safe and secure, with a Toyota-backed warranty and 12 months of free roadside assist when you need it.
Call us today on 07 3896 0100 to talk to one of our friendly team members about finding the best used car for your needs or fill out our contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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