Looking For an Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

December 14th, 2018 by

Red 2019 Acura ILX driving in city

Are you looking for incredible automotive luxury with a significant price reduction? Do you want all the high-end accouterments that a luxury car can give you, but don’t want to pay top dollar for it? Do you crave the luxury class but don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on the highest market value vehicle? Then you are looking for an Acura certified pre-owned vehicle.

More than 70% of all cars sold annually in the United States are used or certified pre-owned, so you indeed are not alone in looking at something other than a brand new car. In fact, the benefits of owning a certified pre-owned car often far outweigh those of a brand new one. Not only is there a significant drop in the price tag, but you also have a guarantee that the used car is nearly new in condition and miles. Certified pre-owned vehicles fall right into that happy place between the dependability of a new vehicle and the affordability of a used one. It is the best of both worlds.

Acura certified pre-owned cars take that cozy comfort of a spot to a whole new level. As the first ever luxury vehicle ever to come out of Japan, Acura has had a successful last three decades. Since 1986, Acura has been a world leader in automotive luxury, at least for those who are not comfortable driving around southern California in a Rolls Royce or Bentley. Over the years, Acura has introduced dozens of new models and generations, all keeping with the luxury features of the day. They have consistently sold over 150,000 units in the US alone over the last six years, even selling over 200,000 in 2005 and 2006.

With that steady and reliable performance, it is no wonder that certified pre-owned Acuras are bound to be a good deal. Since 2010, Acura has rotated which of its models they update. Each generation will see a redesign or minor modifications every couple of years. Still, the cars remain largely the same. For example, the upcoming 2019 Acura MDX is a luxury crossover SUV. It has gone through three generations since first being introduced in 2000. It got another update in 2017 and will receive minor exterior and interior aesthetic changes in 2019, such as sport pedals and carbon fiber trim. The engine, however, remains unchanged.

What this means is that an Acura MDX from say 2016 will have the same capability, basic look and luxury feel as the 2019 Acura MDX. The new one will certainly have a few features added, but will also come with an MSRP of $44,300. You could conceivably get a certified pre-owned Acura MDX that is only a few years old, but the same generation, for half that price. You could get the same basic look and feel of Acura luxury twice over for what you would pay for a brand new one.

Since automotive technology exploded in the early 2000s, manufacturers have been racing to catch up with consumer demands. Everything from safety features to infotainment to navigation looks completely different than the vehicles of the 1990s and before. The days of bragging about having a six-disc CD changer are long over. In fact, they are so over that CD changers in vehicles may become retro cool again soon.

However, the luxury market has always been ahead of the curve. Those features that you might find on only the highest trim levels in other vehicles often come standard in luxury lines. That means that higher end appointments are not as hard to come by in a luxury car and are not as subject to constant change in a vehicle like an Acura. Where you might be hard-pressed to find the latest safety features in certified pre-owned vehicles from other makes and models, an Acura is much more likely to have included the desired feature long before its lower end competitor.

Another aspect that makes owning a certified pre-owned vehicle appealing is the fact that it is “Certified.” Any vehicle that is certified pre-owned must pass a detailed inspection process to make sure it is road worthy. These checklists are mandated by the manufacturer and are carried out by dealership technicians who know every nook and cranny of their specialty vehicles. These checklists cover everything from fender to fender, including body damage, engine performance, brake wear, interior standards and technology. Additionally, no Acura over 80,000 miles or six years old can be considered as a certified pre-owned Acura.

Dark blue 2019 Acura RDX pulling out of parking spot with grey vehicles in back

Acura’s checklist includes 182 inspection points, including everything under the hood, the undercarriage, the interior, the body, wheels and pretty much every inch of a pre-owned Acura. It is very much like a physical that a person must take from time to time. This inspection checklist also includes a vehicle identification number background check, to ensure that no reported accidents were not disclosed by the seller, as well as a road test. Just because an Acura checks out on paper does not mean it will perform to Acura’s incredibly high standards in the real world. Acura’s exhaustive inspection checklist of 182 points is more than its direct competitors Cadillac, Infiniti or Lexus.

What really tips the scales in Acura’s favor is its concierge service. A concierge acts as a liaison to guests of a hotel or resort. A concierge will arrange entertainment or travel for those staying as a guest in their city. Acura’s concierge service acts much the same way, offering emergency services and Urgent Message Relay in the unfortunate event of an accident. They can also offer insurance claim assistance after the incident. The concierge service additionally provides such helpful information as weather anywhere in the United States and many more conveniences.

The best part about the concierge service is that it comes standard with a certified pre-owned Acura. Along with Acura’s roadside assistance, there is no reason to have to deal with AAA if you have the peace of mind of a concierge at your fingertips.

As you can see, the benefits of owning a certified pre-owned Acura are enormous. Not all savings will be as substantial as half off, but you can get a very recent certified pre-owned luxury vehicle for several thousands of dollars off the new MSRP without looking hard at all. You will also get the peace of mind of knowing your certified pre-owned Acura passed a 182 point inspection and know beyond doubt that it is road worthy. On top of that, you get the concierge service offered to certified pre-owned Acura drivers. While this concierge may not be able to book a snorkeling excursion on your vacation, it will certainly be there in a time of need.

If you would like to see some of the many models of certified pre-owned Acuras, come over to Orange Coast Acura in Costa Mesa and check them out in person. Our sales staff can walk you through each one and you can decide which best suits your driving needs. Our finance team can explain the certified pre-owned process and help you work within your budget. Our service technicians can help you set up a maintenance schedule to keep your new (to you) Acura running at peak performance for many more years to come. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect certified pre-owned Acura!