Certified Pre-Owned FAQ


As you begin your car-buying journey, you're trying to decide which type of vehicle is best for your budget and your lifestyle. You've come across certified pre-owned (CPO) models a time or two and want to learn more. Well, you've landed in the right spot.

Our team at O.C. Welch Ford is here to help Hardeeville, Beaufort, Port Royal, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, drivers learn more about CPO models and their benefits. Let's get started!

How Are Used and Certified Pre-Owned Cars Different?

Used and certified pre-owned cars are both previously owned vehicles. However, CPO cars are a little more involved than typical used vehicles. For starters, CPO vehicles must pass a detailed inspection before being certified and sold. Also, only certain vehicles can be CPO candidates, whereas any car can be considered used.

Certified models often grant drivers ownership perks, like comprehensive limited warranty coverage and FordPass™ Rewards Points eligibility. Plus, CPO vehicles come with a free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ to ensure their reliability. The same isn't always the case for used models.


What Is Ford Blue Advantage?

Ford Blue Advantage is Ford's CPO program! It features two levels of certification: Blue Certified and Gold Certified. Let's detail their differences below.

Blue Certified

First up is Blue Certified. This certification is available for any make and model that is up to ten years old and has less than 120,000 miles on the odometer. In order to be certified, a candidate must pass a 139-point inspection. If it passes, drivers can enjoy the following Blue Certified perks:

  • 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty 
  • 14-Day/1,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Money Back Guarantee 
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance 
  • 11,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points to use toward your first maintenance visit 

Gold Certified

Gold Certified is Ford's second certification level, which is exclusive to Ford models that are six years old or younger and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer. These candidates must pass a detailed 172-point inspection. If they pass, these Gold Certified perks are included:

  • 12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty 
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty 
  • 14-Day/1,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Money Back Guarantee 
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance 
  • 22,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points to use toward your first 2 maintenance visits 

What CPO Fords Are Available?

When you browse through our certified pre-owned inventory online, you'll find many of Ford's most popular models! From heavy-duty trucks to speedy pony cars, we're confident that you'll find a CPO model that's perfect for you.

If you need some direction, start by checking out these popular models now:

  • Ford F-150
  • Ford F-250
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Expedition

Do you have a need for speed? Check out our CPO Ford Mustang and Ford Mustang Mach-E selection. These models will take your breath away. Do you want to join the Bronco fam? We have certified Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Sport models with your name on them.

Have you found a model that's right up your alley? Schedule a test drive today.


Shop Our Certified Pre-Owned Inventory!

Now that you know more about CPO models, it's time to hit the streets of Savannah, GA, in style. You can visit O.C. Welch Ford near Hardeeville, Beaufort, Port Royal, and Hilton Head, SC, today to get a closer look at your top choices.

Contact us with any questions beforehand!

  1. O. C. Welch Ford Lincoln Inc.

    4920 Independence Blvd
    Hwy 278
    Hardeeville, SC 29927

    • Sales: (843) 288-0100
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