Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can take some of the risk out of a used car–but do you know exactly what a certified pre-owned vehicle is? Almost every automaker offers such a program wherein lightly used vehicles–often two- or three-year old models fresh off leases–are inspected, refurbished, and sold with a manufacturer-backed warranty. Not every program is equal, and some provide more perks than others. To help, we've compiled this collection of advice to help you navigate this often confusing subset of used car buying.

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