Used Honda cars are considered to be among the most dependable used cars that can be bought. Even with such a good reputation, though, how can you know the used Honda you’re considering is actually a good buy? You can’t always know. But with Certified Used Hondas, you can be sure.
These ‘certified’ automobiles can be found only at qualified Honda dealers in good standing. Strict guidelines must be adhered to for a used car to be known as certified.
At the very minimum, to be even considered for certification, a Honda must be less than six years old. Or it must have less than 80,000 miles on it. Seven-year-old cars with 50,000 miles are ineligible. Just as five-year-old cars that have 90,000 miles are ineligible.
Factory-trained technicians evaluate all major systems on each vehicle. They also can recondition any Honda part not meeting strict standards. If the part cannot be sufficiently made for use, then a genuine part is used.
The local Honda dealer is also required to run a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, which costs the buyer nothing. This report contains a vehicle’s documented history. It uncovers any reported incidents the DMV has received. If a car has been damaged by flood or fire, this report will show it. If there is a history of engine troubles, odometer alterations, or being salvaged, this report will show it.
Every Honda dealership keeps a copy of this report. Customers can access them at any time. In many cases, reports can even be accessed online.
The most comprehensive evaluation is the last test given. This is known as the 150-point inspection. It is a detailed evaluation of the vehicle’s appearance and working mechanics. But before this 150-point inspection, verified documentation and manuals must be looked at.
The manuals include the new car warranty manual and the owner’s manual. There is also the warranty booklet and a report on the history of the car’s title. Documentation would include a verifying of the radio code and a copy of the 150-point checklist, when completed.
An inspection of the Vehicle Identification Number is done first by checking the door jamb’s VIN label, all VIN repairs or recalls (if any), and the VIN plate. Found on a list of basic replacements are coolants, tires, floor mats, air filters, and oil filters. All fluids levels are notated and the closest scheduled maintenance is also given. Other things evaluated and replaced are brake pads and shoes and wiper blades.
A road test is next. What are the vehicles starting and idling temperatures? Do they run hot or cold? How does it drive or accelerate? Are those sounds normal or signs of a problem? Does the car drift when steering and do all gauges work properly?
The car is then given a thorough going-over to find any unauthorized aftermarket modifications. Rims, exhaust systems, headlights, transmissions, and more are gone over with a fine-tooth comb. The overall appearance of both the interior and exterior are part of this evaluation.
If the vehicle passes the exhaustive inspection, it can be made available for the showroom or lot. Anything that fails inspection is replaced or reconditioned. If replacement or reconditioning are not possible, the car fails the evaluation and will not be sold. This is how customers can be confident that Certified Used Honda Cars are in good shape.