Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Review

Written by Zach Shefska

Zach Shefska is Founder and CEO at Your Auto Advocate, a car buying service that employs former dealership employees to research, locate, and negotiate car deals on behalf of their customers.

April 24, 2020

When it comes to buying a used car, the process can be intimidating. One way to make it “easier” is to buy a certified pre-owned car. Toyota offers a certified used program, and below we’ll discuss its pros and cons. If you’re thinking about buying a certified pre-owned RAV4, Highlander, Camry, or Corolla, you’ll want to read this brief guide before you sign on the dotted line. Here is Your Auto Advocate’s Toyota certified pre-owned review.

Is Toyota Certified Pre-owned Worth It?

Your Auto Advocate score: 7/10

We rate Toyota’s certified-pre owned program a 7 out of 10. There is  a lot to like about Toyota’s used car certification, and a few things to be left longing for. 


What’s to love about Toyota’s CPO program?

  • 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, or 8-year/100,000-mile Factory Hybrid Vehicle Battery Warranty, or 8-year/100,000-mile Fuel Cell Vehicle Warranty
  • 1 year of Roadside Assistance.
  • Free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™.
  • Minimum of 5/32″ tread depth remaining across tread width of all tires and spare.


  • Powertrain, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell warranty begin at the date of first sale, not the date you purchased the vehicle.
  • We wish the 12-month/12,000-mile warranty was longer.

Full Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Review

A complete breakdown of Toyota’s certified pre-owned program can be found here:, and I strongly recommend you become familiar with that website if you are considering purchasing a Camry, Corolla, RAV4, etc, etc. Below we breakdown the key features of each primary component of the CPO program.

If you’re thinking about buying a car, you might enjoy this article if you haven’t read it already: How Much Do Dealers Markup Used Cars?

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Information

Certified pre-owned Toyotas come with two warranties; a comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a powertrain warranty. As with all warranties, there are a few disclaimers that you need to be familiar with. For example, on the 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive warranty there is a laundry list of items that are not covered.

What is not covered by Toyota’s CPO warranty

  • Accessory Drive Belts;
  • Batteries;
  • Body Panels;
  • Brake Linings, Pads and Shoes, Rotors and Drums;
  • Bumpers;
  • Carpet;
  • Chrome;
  • Clutch Friction Disc and Pressure Plate;
  • Dash Cover and Pad;
  • Door Fabric;
  • Door Trim;
  • Filters;
  • Fluids;
  • Glass (including Windshields);
  • Headliner;
  • Heating Hoses,
  • Lines and Tubes;
  • Hoses;
  • Hybrid Vehicle Battery Pack*;
  • Hybrid Vehicle Battery Plug Assembly*;
  • Hybrid Vehicle Relay Assembly*;
  • Hybrid Vehicle Supply Battery Assembly*;
  • Interior and Exterior Trim and Moldings (including but not limited to: Ash Trays, Covers, Cup Holders and Vents);
  • Lamps, Light Assemblies/Housings, and Light Bulbs;
  • Nuts, Bolts, Clips, Retainers, and Fasteners;
  • Paint; Rust and Corrosion Damage;
  • Seat Covers;
  • Sheet Metals;
  • Shiny Metals;
  • Spark Plugs;
  • Structural Framework and Welds;
  • Tires;
  • Vacuum Hoses, Lines and Tubes;
  • Weather Stripping;
  • Wheels and Rims;
  • Windshield Wiper Blades (Rubber Component);

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All interior and exterior cloth, leather, and stitching including convertible tops and/or vinyl tops including but not limited to: any vibration, deterioration, discoloration, disfigurement, warping, fading, staining, stretching, ripping, punctures, tearing, and/or scratches.

What does this mean for you? If something breaks in your certified pre-owned Toyota vehicle, the odds are it might not be covered by your one year warranty. On the plus, the powertrain warranty is much more comprehensive, and Toyota stands by that warranty for 7-years or 100,000 miles (from the date of first purchase), whichever occurs first.

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Roadside Assistance

All certified used Toyota vehicles come with one year of roadside assistance. This is a nice perk and covers a variety of “oh no” moments like:

  • Flat tires;
  • Out of gas;
  • Dead battery;
  • Towing; and
  • Locked out of your vehicle.

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Inspection

To become a certified used Toyota, a vehicle must pass a rigorous 160 point inspection (165 for fuel cell vehicles, and 174 for Hybrids). One thing we love about the Toyota certified pre-owned inspection is that it covers both mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the vehicle, and it must be completed by a factory trained technician.

The complete list of what is inspected can be found here:

Overall, our review of the Toyota certified pre-owned program is positive. We wish there were more items covered by the comprehensive warranty, and that the warranty lasted longer. We appreciate the powertrain warranty, 160 point inspection, and roadside assistance programs.

If you’re in the market for a Toyota vehicle and you’re torn between new, used, or certified pre-owned, you wouldn’t be making a mistake to consider a CPO vehicle.

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