Jaguar Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

December 20, 2020
Written by: Ray Shefska

Jaguar is the ultimate luxury brand in some people’s eyes. While that’s arguable, nobody can deny that they provide a smooth, comfortable ride. However, they have quite a hefty price tag. Fortunately, they have a certified pre-owned (CPO) program that makes getting into a Jaguar much more affordable.

We’re about to go over the Jaguar certified pre-owned program, including examining the warranty, inspection process, and offered perks. Let’s take a look at what the world’s premium luxury brand has to offer and see if it’s a good way for you to buy your next car.

TLDR; We expected more out of the Jaguar certified pre-owned program, but it’s still an acceptable program. The warranty is comprehensive, yet we’d like to see it extended. At first glance, it seems top of the line until you realize that the countdown started when the vehicle was first sold. We would also appreciate having the warranty split up and a separate powertrain warranty for an extended duration.

Jaguar’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Information

To be included in the Jaguar certified pre-owned program, a vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • Five years old or newer
  • Less than 60,000 miles
  • Pass their 165-point inspection
  • Have a clean vehicle history report

Once all of these conditions are met, the vehicle will be sold as a Jaguar certified pre-owned vehicle and will receive the Jaguar certified pre-owned warranty.

What does Jaguar’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The Jaguar Approved Certified Limited Warranty covers all mechanical or electrical repairs related to the manufacturer’s defects, and the repairs are completed at a Jaguar dealership. There is no coverage for any issues that are believed to be a result of wear and tear.

Jaguar does not charge any deductible for covered repairs. This is a breath of fresh air since many automakers seem to be starting to charge deductibles for warrantied issues.

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The Jaguar certified pre-owned warranty is fully transferable, with no fee disclosed. This dramatically increases your resale value should you decide to sell. All you’ll have to do in order to transfer the warranty is to call their customer support to initiate the process.

How long does Jaguar’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Last?

The Jaguar certified pre-owned warranty goes into effect after the new car warranty expires, if one is active on the CPO car.

Jaguar’s CPO warranty lasts for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. This warranty begins when the CPO car is first purchased, so most CPO vehicles will only add around two years or 40,000 miles to the warranty. However, if you buy a newer CPO vehicle, you’ll end up with more coverage. Starting the warranty on the original purchase date can be confusing, so make sure to clarify how long your warranty will last before making a purchase.

Jaguar’s Certified Pre-Owned Inspection

Every Jaguar certified pre-owned vehicle has undergone a 165-point inspection. This is about average for luxury brands, and we would expect nothing less from Jaguar. You can view their inspection checklist in their CPO brochure on their website, but we’ll cover the major points below:

  • Vehicle eligibility, including mileage check and vehicle history report
  • Interior, including general condition and carpet condition
  • Electric tests, including warning lights functionality and window operation
  • Heating and AC, including blower motor and heated seats
  • Electrical tests, including brake stoplights and headlights
  • Exterior, including general body condition and glass condition
  • Engine area, including engine oil and wiring
  • Undercarriage, including frame condition and steering condition
  • Tests, including cold start and fluid leaks
  • Road tests, including vibration and wind noise

This inspection looks standard to us, but that’s not a bad thing. Most automakers go the distance with their inspections, so it’s no surprise to see that Jaguar has done the same. Having 165 inspection points is slightly above the average, which is around 150.

Other Jaguar Certified Pre-Owned Perks

Much like other car manufacturers, Jaguar offers a few bonuses to go along with their CPO cars:

  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance for the warranty’s duration, including flat tires, dead batteries, lockout services, and towing to the nearest Jaguar dealer.
  • A comprehensive vehicle history report
  • Special financing options available for CPO vehicles

These are all the benefits listed on their website and in their brochures, so it’s safe to say this is all that’s offered. This offering is relatively minimal compared to other automakers. However, it is all that you need. Roadside assistance is a must for any CPO vehicle, and providing you with a vehicle history report also provides you with peace of mind.

Overall, we expected more from Jaguar. Their warranty is reasonable, but at worst, you’ll only get an extra two years and 40,000 miles of coverage. That’s not much of a warranty if you compare it to other automakers. Their inspection seems sufficient, although we’d like to see the actual checklist the technicians used. All we could find online was the brochure with a prepared list for public use. Of course, you should make sure you get a pre-purchase inspection from an independent mechanic before buying any vehicle.

If you dream of getting a Jaguar, the Jaguar certified pre-owned program is an excellent way to make that happen. You’ll be driving a slightly used, but thoroughly inspected Jaguar for far less than buying a brand-new car. However, if you’re more interested in purchasing a general certified pre-owned vehicle for a reasonable price and don’t care if it’s a Jaguar, we’d suggest you look at other automakers.

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  1. Ken Good

    I am currently leasing a 2018 Jaguar XE (great car, BTW), and I am nearing the end of my lease term – Oct of this year. Having leased or bought many vehicles over the years, depending on the deal, I have never actually bought out any of my previous leased cars at the end of the lease term. This is generally because I only go for a lease deals that have a high residual (and/or low money factor), thus the lease payment is low but the residual/buy out usually is higher than the actual market value of the car at the end of the lease term. So it pays to just turn it in and move on.

    On my current lease, I have extremely low miles on the car and the residual wasn’t especially high on this lease deal, thus it is starting to look like buy-out price vs. market value may be favorable. Or at least worth seriously considering, given low miles and my near-fanatical upkeep of my cars. But then again, it may be worth walking away and just shopping for a Jaguar CPO of the same year, since I agree that while it’s not the best CPO program, it does have some attractive features.

    Which brings me, in a long way, to my question. Have you heard of Jaguar or any maker for that matter offering to CPO a car, presumably for a fee, if the lessee wants to buy it out at the end of lease? Is this a “thing.” I can’t seem to find any answers to that, for Jaguar anyway, on any of their sites. Jaguar uses Chase as their branded lease financing company, and I didn’t see anything on this in the Chase/Jaguar Finance site (I doubted that I would). If this is a thing, it may be a good topic for one of your videos. Good job on those, BTW. I find them informative and entertaining.

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