At Volvo Cars of Marietta, we know that not every shopper is in the market for a brand new vehicle. When it comes to choosing the best fit for your needs, budget, and lifestyle, buying used often makes the most sense. That said, we also believe that buying used doesn't need to mean settling for less. With the Certified by Volvo program, Atlanta car-shoppers can enjoy advanced technology, premium accommodations, and the automaker's signature Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, for a significantly lower investment. Here are some answers to a few of the most common questions relating to Volvo's pre-owned certification program.

What is Certified by Volvo

Certified by Volvo models represent the best of the best pre-owned models. They are cars, wagons, and SUVs that have been determined to meet or exceed the strictest standards and are worthy of the automaker's full backing. Certified vehicles offer a like-new experience for less than a brand-new model.

How Does a Vehicle Qualify for Certification

To even be eligible for consideration, a vehicle must be from a late model-year and have fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer. These preliminary restrictions ensure the customers can access many of the same amenities and tech features found on new models.

If a Volvo model aligns with the age and mileage restrictions, we screen the CARFAX vehicle history report for odometer discrepancies, frame damage, and other structural problems. Any issues here will disqualify it from certification.

After verifying the vehicle's history, our expert Volvo service center technicians perform a comprehensive inspection, examining more than 170 elements. Any issues are corrected or replaced using only OEM parts. If something can not be fixed 100-percent, the vehicle is disqualified. After the mechanical inspection, we subject the vehicle to a road test to ensure it exhibits the outstanding driving characteristics for which the Volvo brand is known.

What Benefits Come with a Certified by Volvo Model?

The certification process is so stringent because Volvo guarantees that these models are the absolute best pre-owned models available. Each certified model receives the complete backing of the remainder of Volvo's five-year, unlimited-miles new vehicle warranty. That warranty is upgradable to 10 years and covers the transmission, engine, drive axles, steering, suspension, brakes, electrical, and more. It carries a $0 deductible and is transferable at no cost.

Certified models also receive complimentary Volvo Roadside Assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way, you're covered if your battery dies, you get a flat tire, or run out gas. And if your vehicle is undrivable due to a mechanical issue or traffic accident, Volvo will help arrange transportation to the nearest Volvo dealership for service.

Certified by Volvo models also benefit from Emergency Lockout Service and Trip Interruption reimbursement up to $500.

Why Choose a Certified by Volvo Model

Buying second-hand doesn't have to mean buying second-rate. A Certified by Volvo model provides a similar experience to buying new, but for less. If your budget limits you to a lower trim on a brand-new vehicle, selecting a Certified by Volvo model could bring an upper trim level within reach for the same price.

If you'd like more information about the Certified by Volvo program or any of the certified models in our inventory, please feel free to contact Volvo Cars of Marietta at your convenience. To see the Certified by Volvo difference for yourself, schedule a test drive with us, and we'll be happy to accommodate you.