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GM adds to coverage for certified preowned cars

Fri, 10 Jun 2011

General Motors is changing up its certified used-vehicle program to include two years of oil changes, tire rotations and multipoint inspections, the company said on Friday.

The Owner Care program kicks in on June 11 and covers certified preowned Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles. GM will provide Owner Care for two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The program will continue to offer a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty with roadside assistance. The inspection is improved, covering 172 points instead of 117. It also includes a vehicle reconditioning and free trials of OnStar and satellite radio.

By comparison, Honda offers certification on cars with less than 80,000 miles. Its program covers powertrain problems for seven years or 100,000 miles, with a 150-point inspection.

Ford's program comes with a 169-point inspection and a six-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

The GM Certified Used Vehicle program is being phased out. The Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned program continues unchanged with a six-year/100,000 mile limited warranty but no Owner Care services.

By Jake Lingeman