What does it mean to be certified?
Here at Collierville Auto Center, most of our inventory is certified and comes with a Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty. You can find out more about our certification process here.
But, what does it mean when a car is certified? A certified vehicle has gone through a multi-point inspection process. Any issues found in inspection are then fixed, and additionally, we guarantee it with our Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty. It’s our way of making sure you feel secure in your purchase and that you are driving off the lot with a safe and reliable vehicle for you and your family.
Multi-Point Inspection Process
• Upholstery, floors, glass
• Emergency parking brake
• Fuel tank cap
• In-cabin microfilter
• Dome light/amp and light dimmer
Under the Hood
• Fluid levels
• Engine air filter
• Engine coolant
• Drive belts
• Radiator core
• Cooling system
• Battery and terminal
Under the Car
• Shock absorbers and suspension
• Steering gear box, dust covers, linkage & boots, ball joints
• Muffler, exhaust and mountings
• Engine oil
• Brake line, hoses and parking brake cable
• Drive shaft components
• Transmission, differential and transfer case
• Fuel lines and connections
• Tread, wear and pressure of tires
• Tire alignment
• Wheel Balance
• Front & rear brake lining
• Front disk brakes condition
• Rear drum brakes condition
When you purchase a new vehicle from a dealership it will come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but it will expire by a certain age or mileage for your vehicle. It is a good idea to opt for a backup when buying a pre-owned vehicle. An extended warranty, often referred to as a service contract, will kick in after your manufacturer's warranty is expired. However, it is a separate cost addition added onto the purchase price of your car. You can purchase an extended service contract from your dealership or a third-party. Regardless of where you purchase it, it must be purchased before your manufacturer's warranty is expired.
A dealership extended warranty will usually come with stipulations of where the car can be serviced. Depending on the dealership, it will vary in what is covered. Warranties can cover bumper-to-bumper or just partial coverage, like engine or drivetrain repairs. Be sure to read the service contract thoroughly before purchase.
A third-party extended warranty comes from an independent provider that has no direct business relationship with the manufacturer of your vehicle. It is sometimes referred to as an aftermarket warranty, and can come at a much more affordable rate. Because these are third-party providers, be sure to do your research and make sure that it is a reputable warranty. A good recommendation on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website is a great place to start!
What to look for:
Whether you are buying from a third-party or a dealership, you should ask these questions before signing on the dotted line:
1. How much warranty do I already have? Is your vehicle currently under the manufacturer's warranty still, and if so, for how much longer? When buying used, if the manufacturer’s warranty will run out during the anticipated length of ownership, it would probably be a good idea to opt for the extended warranty.
2. What’s covered? What isn’t? Differences may seem slight from dealership to third-party, but be sure to read the fine print of what is covered. Look for powertrain and electrical coverage.
3. How long will I actually be covered? What is the exact mileage and year length that the warranty will cover, estimate the yearly mileage with length of ownership anticipation and you can determine if you need additional coverage.
4. What is in the fine print? Will your car need to be serviced by a particular provider? If the car maintenance schedule is not kept up to date, can they refuse you service?
Remember to do your research. You do not have to buy the extended warranty the day you buy your vehicle. Make sure you are buying from a reputable source and that it covers the most essential and important elements of the vehicle. It’s also a great idea to look for dealerships that offer added coverage, such as a Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty. When buying from Collierville Auto Center you will receive a Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty with any approved vehicle.
This warranty will cover the following:
• Engine maintenance and repairs
• Drive Axle
• Towing allowance
We’ve discussed how a warranty can help you keep your car in tip-top shape, but now let’s discuss routine maintenance (or tune-ups). Most of these you can do yourself, but if you need extra assistance, our Service Department is here to help!
• Check your fluid and change it once a year or at the very least every other year. If you don’t routinely change the fluid, it will fill with air and your brakes will be more susceptible to malfunctioning.
• Check your brake pads. A good rule of thumb is that if your brake pads are thinner than an eighth of an inch, you should expect to replace them within the year. Other things you want to watch for include leaking brake fluid and evidence of cracks or wear on the rotors, such as ridging.
2. Tire check
• Use the good ole’ penny test to check the tread depth. If the tread comes to Abe’s ear, you’re good. You will want to do this on each tire in different spots to check the wear of your tires. If it is uneven, it’s a good time to get your alignment checked.
3. Alignment check
• Watch for changes to your alignment if your tires are starting to age. If you notice your car drifting to one side or the other and are having a hard time maintaining neutrality, chances are your alignment needs to be adjusted. To keep this in check, get your tires rotated and balanced.
4. Engine Check
• Change your engine air filter. If you commute more than the average person, or you are mostly driving in stop-and-go traffic, you will want to check the air filter more frequently. These are usually very easy and inexpensive to replace and often something you can tackle yourself. Check your owner’s manual to find out where yours is located. If it’s dirty, just replace it. It will help your engine continue to run smoothly and be able to breathe.
• Check your spark plugs. Most standard vehicles need to be replaced around 30,000 miles. However, it can vary based on the make and model of your vehicle. If your plugs are dirty or worn out, it can mean your engine isn’t running smoothly which can take a toll on your fuel efficiency.
• Check your fuel filter. If your filter is clogged it can lead to your engine running rougher than normal or not at all. Car manufacturers usually vary greatly on recommendations for changing the filter, so consult your manual. You can also ask your mechanic to perform a pressure test to check the health of your filter.
• Change your oil. This is a no-brainer. However, depending on the make and model of your car, you might not need to change your oil as often as you’re used to. Older cars recommended that you change your oil every 3,000 miles, but using better oil in your vehicle may require way less maintenance. Newer cars that run on synthetic oil can last anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Regardless of when it needs to be changed, be sure to follow a routine schedule. Your oil and oil filter need to be changed, because as your engine runs, tiny bits of metal, dirt, debris and carbon end up in the oil, which cycles back through the engine and can lead to excessive wear.