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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Toyota to Offer Certified Used Hybrids

Toyota will become the first automaker to offer certified used hybrid vehicles under a program announced yesterday.

Though certified used cars have been a reliable choice for millions of Americans seeking an inexpensive way to get into a car under warranty, hybrids have always been excluded from the programs. Used hybrid buyers were on their own, without the backing of a manufacturer's warranty.

Toyota's program, according to Autoblog, will not cover hybrids under the same warranty program as non-hybrid cars, but instead will "reside alongside the automaker's standard certified pre-owned program." Certified used Toyota hybrid "will have passed a thorough examination with 174 individual points, 14 of which are hybrid-specific. Assuming a hybrid were to pass the inspection, it is then covered under a warranty that includes seven-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain coverage," and seven years worth of roadside assistance.

The car's batteries, however, will not be covered under that warranty. Instead, Kicking Tires explains, "Toyota hybrid batteries come with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty," beginning with the initial purchase of the vehicle. That warranty will be now transferred along with the car -- so the battery will be covered until the car itself has been on the road for eight years or 100,000 miles.

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