General Motors has taken a big step towards improving its used vehicle warranties. According to an article posted on Edmunds.com, the auto maker will offer 12 month/12,000-mile “bumper-to-bumper” coverage for certified used cars starting Sept. 13. Previously, GM’s warranties covered certified pre-owned vehicles for three moths or 3,000 miles.
A statement from the company says the warranty will cover any car defect bumper to bumper relating to materials or workmanship. However, the warranty won’t cover standard wear and tear on vehicle components. This new warranty policy will cover the Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac and Saturn brands. For Cadillac, Hummer and Saab pre-owned vehicles, the auto maker is offering separate warranties: six year/100,000 mile bumper to bumper comprehensive coverage, effective from the vehicle’s in-service date.
This is good news for consumers looking to buy a certified pre-owned (CPO) General Motors brand vehicle this fall. A CPO vehicle is basically one that has been inspected by an authorized dealership and given an extended factory warranty. A lot of auto makers have CPO programs and they are becoming increasingly popular among buyers.
However, even these deals can leave a bitter taste in the mouths of consumers when a certified pre-owned vehicle ends up being a lemon – a “certified lemon.” It shouldn’t happen, but it does. Fortunately, California’s Lemon Law covers these CPO vehicles as well. If the manufacturer can’t fix your car after a reasonable number of repair attempts, then they owe you a refund or a replacement vehicle. If you’re having problems with getting a refund for your “certified lemon,” call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver to schedule your free consultation or case evaluation.