We wanted to test the widespread belief that CPO cars cost thousands more than non-certified cars and determine the actual price premiums consumers can expect to pay.

After analyzing over 3.5 million used car sales in an 18-month span, what we found was surprising: The average premium for CPO cars is only $722 compared with their non-certified counterparts.

What’s more, the extra cost of buying certified is much less for specific cars:

· The top nine brands with the lowest CPO premiums only cost $289 to $447 more than non-certified used — these affordable options include highly regarded certified programs such as GM and Honda.

· The extra price of a certified car can be considerably less than a certified program’s value. For GM, its certified program is valued at $2,135, but a CPO2012 Chevy Malibu costs only $402 more than non-certified and a CPO 2012 Buick Lacrosse averages just $482 more.

· Consumers buying a CPO Honda pay an average 2.1 percent premium, or just $380 above the price of a non-certified Honda.

For the full study, visit here on the iSeeCars.com website. Or, visit our main website, iSeeCars.com where you can search for used cars that are actually ranked by best deals and price.

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