Certified is not a throwaway word we use to make our used vehicles sound better. It means something. To classify as a Certified Pre-owned Volkswagen, a specific car or SUV must first pass through our stringent battery of tests before being confirmed into this officially recognized standard.
And the biggest part of the certification process is the 112-point inspection, in which we check for any defects inside or out, resting still and performing on the road.
Why 112 points? Because we want to make sure that the only surprises you'll encounter with your new Volkswagen are the pleasant ones.
Part I: History and Performance
The first part of the process is considering the used vehicle's history and performance. Only vehicles 7 years old or newer, with fewer than 160,000 km on the odometer can qualify, and even then it's still no guarantee that a car will be able to someday be a Certified Pre-owned Volkswagen.
We'll check the mileage, the maintenance history, any previous claims filed for the vehicle, and then we'll take it out on an initial road test to see how it performs.
Part II: Quality and Appearance
This is where we go on the hunt for any imperfections amidst the interior, exterior, and underbody, taking note of anything that stands out or might seem troubling. Vehicles still in consideration for Certified Pre-owned status at this point will undergo all necessary reconditioning, including a paint touch up and updating the maintenance record.
112 Points: The Complete List
Here, in its entirety, are the all of the facets of a used vehicle we inspect:
Owner's maintenance and warranty manuals
After Road Test
Key fob remote function
Side and back windows
Lighter / 12 V outlets
Dome, map and visor lights
Carpet / floor mats
Steering wheel alignment
Cassette & CD changer
Hot start / idle
Dents, dings, scratches
High-mount brake lights
Trunk / rear hatch
Spare tire, jack and tool
C/V joint boots
Control arms / bushings
Brake system integrity
Brake pad lining