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Porsche Certified Pre-Owned vs. Mercedes-Benz Used Cars

Porsche Certified Pre-Owned vs. Mercedes-Benz Used Cars

Owning a luxury vehicle is now more attainable than ever. While luxury vehicles are still a status symbol and something to aspire to, you now have more access to the quality, high-class cars of your dreams. Instead of offering warranties on only new models, car manufacturers are creating certified pre-owned programs that provide affordable options for buyers. These options incentivize the buyer to purchase a used vehicle while also promoting brand loyalty.

At the top of the elite car market are two contenders, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. While both boast luxury interiors, various body styles, and high-powered engines, they differ in their certified pre-owned programs. When comparing the two, which manufacturer takes the cake?

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Program

When you buy a new Mercedes-Benz, it comes with a bumper-to-bumper standard warranty. This includes a 4-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty. If a new owner acquires the car during this 4-year period, the warranty is automatically transferred. In order for a Mercedes-Benz to become pre-owned certified, a licensed mechanic must examine the engine and powertrain and determine that it meets the qualifications. If it passes the test, it’s then available for purchase as a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned warranty beyond what’s in place when the vehicle was originally purchased. The warranty extends 1 year after 50,000 miles or the 4-year mark is met. Instead of a 1-year warranty with a cap on the miles, Mercedes offers unlimited miles until the year is over. There’s no deductible required in order to redeem this warranty, giving drivers peace of mind while their warranty is in effect. As with the original warranty, the certified pre-owned warranty can also be transferred if the vehicle is sold before the terms end.

While there are some benefits to Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles, there are a few things to be aware of. First, the short-term coverage of the warranty could leave you paying for expensive repairs after the terms end. It is possible to extend your warranty, but it will cost you a pretty penny. 

Porsche Certified Pre-Owned Program

Porsche is well known for their warranty program. When buying new, you can count on a 5-year, 50,000 mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty. It’s a fully transferrable warranty, meaning that, like the Mercedes policy, a new owner will have access to coverage should you sell in the middle of the terms. Likewise, in order for a used Porsche to be deemed certified, it must be thoroughly examined by a licensed mechanic. Porsche’s certified used program is called Porsche Approved. This world-renowned warranty program consists of two key components.

First, the warranty provides an additional two years past the traditional 5-year, 50,000-mile warranty. This gives owners peace of mind for longer. The second part of the warranty program pertains to vehicles purchased outside of the original warranty period. Porsche now extends their Porsche Approved program for automobiles that are up to 8 years old. Once purchased, these certified vehicles are given an additional 2 years of warranty coverage. Both of these warranties offer unlimited miles, offering more coverage for longer.

As with the Mercedes warranty, no deductible is required in order to implement warranty coverage. Because the Porsche warranty can offer coverage for up to 10 years, depending on the age of the car, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out when coverage begins and how long it will last. It’s important to speak with your salesperson about your exact coverage dates before purchasing to ensure that you fully understand the terms.

After exploring the details of both certified pre-owned programs, the results are clear. The Porsche Approved program offers a much better deal to potential buyers. Not only is the warranty more comprehensive on new cars, but it offers better and longer coverage for those who are buying used vehicles. If you’re interested in certified, pre-owned Porsche models, allow the friendly staff at Porsche Cars North America to help. From the turbocharged 911 to the two-time Kelly Blue Book Best Buy Award-winning 718 Boxster, we can find your perfect Porsche Approved vehicle. Before you know it, you’ll be behind the wheel of your dream car and you’ll have spent much less getting there.

Date Posted: April 12, 2018

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