Approved Used Cars: Every Manufacturer Compared

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Choosing an approved used car removes a lot of the potential uncertainty for car buyers. These programmes are run by the various car manufacturers and generally speaking provide guarantees as to a car's history and condition, as well as a comprehensive warranty. You will find approved used cars for sale at franchised main dealerships alongside brand new cars. Any approved used car should have been prepared to a very high standard, with any work needed to bring it up to the highest standard already completed. As a result, approved used cars can be more expensive to buy than an ordinary used car.

In this guide we've listed the details of every used car programme in the UK, including the warranty, breakdown cover, level of inspection, and the number of approved used dealers the manufacturer in question has in the UK. You can see approved used vehicles for sale from the respective manufacturers by clicking on the relevant links, although we also recommend verifying with the dealer when submitting a lead that the car is covered under an approved used programme.

Abarth

The Abarth Found Approved and used car programme offers a wide array of benefits for those seeking a second-hand Abarth that is up to five years old and has covered less than 60,000 miles. It includes 12 months’ comprehensive warranty cover, 12 months’ breakdown cover and a 30-day exchange promise. The exchange promise means that should the car develop a serious fault within 30 days or 1000 miles – whichever comes first – you can exchange it for a similarly priced car. Every car offered, such as the 500, 695 and 124 Spider, goes through a comprehensive pre-sale inspection that includes any due servicing, a full valet, a test drive and recall checks. A certificate from an independent company, verifying the car’s mileage and history, is also provided.

Name of programme: ABARTH Found Approved and used | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, no mileage limit | Breakdown cover: Minimum of 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Comprehensive pre-sale check including outstanding recalls | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 73 | Additional benefits: 30-day, 1000-mile exchange promise and ownership assurance certificate
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Alfa Romeo

If you’re looking for a second-hand Alfa Romeo that’s up to five years old and has covered less than 60,000 miles, it’s worth investigating the company’s Selected For You Approved and used scheme. Aside from a wide range of approved cars, it offers customers 12 months’ comprehensive warranty cover, 12 months’ breakdown cover, a 30-day exchange promise and a pre-sale inspection. The exchange promise means that, should the car develop a significant issue within 30 days or 1000 miles – whichever comes first – then you can exchange it for a similarly priced vehicle. An ownership assurance certificate is also supplied, which verifies the cars mileage, history and whether it is subject to any outstanding finance. A wide range of Alfa Romeos are offered, too, from the flagship 4C through to the Stelvio SUV.

Name of programme: Selected for you Approved and used | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, no mileage limit | Breakdown cover: Minimum 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Comprehensive pre-sale check including outstanding recalls | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: TBC | Additional benefits: 30-day, 1000-mile exchange promise and ownership assurance certificate
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Alpina GB

Search for a used approved Alpina and you will be pointed in the direction of the Sytner Group, which offers a range of certified Alpinas that are protected by the BMW Approved Used Car warranty. This means that they will come with a minimum of 12 months’ unlimited-mileage BMW warranty, which covers even items such as the battery, and a minimum of 12 months’ roadside assistance. There are numerous other benefits, including a minimum of 12 months’ MOT cover – which means that, if your car needs an MOT-related work during the warranty period, any repairs will be completed for free. Every car is also checked and road tested, and has its history independently verified. Cars offered include the B4, D5, XD3 and B5.

Name of programme: BMW Approved Used Car Warranty | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Full check and preparation, with faults rectified using genuine BMW parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 16 | Additional benefits: Independent history check to verify mileage and history, any due servicing completed
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Aston Martin

The Timeless Certified Pre-owned programme from Aston Martin is available for any qualifying used Aston that is up to ten years old – giving you a wide range of choice, from the V8 Vantage Coupe through to bespoke models such as the Vanquish Zagato Speedster – but ‘special project’ cars, such as the Vulcan and One-77, are exempt from the scheme. Cars offered under the Timeless scheme are only available from authorised Aston Martin dealerships, which carry out a series of mechanical and cosmetic checks. Each car is inspected, certified and backed with a 12-month unlimited-mileage warranty, as well as 12 months’ roadside assistance. Numerous other benefits are included, such as a 12-month subscription to AM Magazine and discounts on accessories.

Name of programme: Timeless Certified Pre-Owned | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multipoint pre-delivery check by Aston technicians, only genuine Aston Martin parts used | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 24 | Additional benefits: MOT test cover for cars over two years old, independently certified history and mileage inspection, 12-month subscription to AM magazine, any service due within three months or 3000 miles completed
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Audi

The Approved Used Audi programme covers a wide array of vehicles and offers customers numerous advantages. For starters, every car listed has to pass a 149-point check, which includes mechanical, interior and on-road assessments – and any issues will be rectified with genuine Audi parts. Cars that are up to eight years old and with up to 100,000 miles on the clock are offered and all come with a 12-month warranty. It’s worth bearing in mind that the warranty will expire, however, should the car’s mileage exceed a total of 100,000 miles in that timeframe. MOT cover for repairs up to £750 is also included, along with a 30-day exchange plan. This means that, should your car suffer a fault within 30 days or 1000 miles, whichever comes first, you can exchange it for another.

Name of programme: Approved Used Audi | Length of warranty: 12 months or up to an odometer reading of 100,000 miles, whichever comes first | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance| Inspection: 149-point check, including a separate mechanical, exterior and interior check, a road test and a written report. Rectification work carried out using original Audi parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 122 | Additional benefits: Service history certificate detailing all routine work, key cover, history and mileage checks and complimentary five-day drive-away insurance
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Bentley

Buying a Bentley is by no means a casual affair and, if you’re concerned about reliability and ongoing quality, it’s perhaps best to consider a car from the official ‘Pre-Owned’ scheme. Each used car offered by Bentley goes through a detailed inspection by factory-trained technicians, in which the car is carefully checked against its original specifications and build records. An unlimited-mileage warranty is included, which is valid for a minimum of 12 months, and comprehensive roadside assistance is also included. Customers also get an invitation to a guided factory tour, as well as free subscription to the owners’ magazine. A wide range of cars are offered, including low-mileage Continental Flying Spurs from the mid-Noughties through to nearly new Bentaygas.

Name of programme: Pre-Owned | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: Minimum of 12 months comprehensive roadside assistance, including onward travel, recovery, overnight accommodation and replacement car cover | Inspection: Comprehensive check and reconditioning process carried out by factory-trained technicians | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 25 | Additional benefits: Certificate of authenticity for the car, guided tour of the Bentley factory in Crewe, free subscription to the Bentley owners’ magazine
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Bugatti

If you’re looking to buy a Bugatti then its running costs shouldn’t prove overly problematic but, even so, it’s worth looking at approved used examples – as they might help avoid an unwanted and extremely unpleasant bill later down the line. H.R. Owen, the UK’s sole official Bugatti dealership, operates an Approved Used scheme that covers cars such as the flagship Veyron. Cars offered by H.R. Owen are comprehensively checked by Bugatti-trained technicians and returned to as close to factory condition as possible, and those cars are then backed by a Bugatti-approved unlimited-mileage warranty. A roadside assistance package is available and you may find that the car even includes a service package, which should help control costs in the future.

Name of programme: Approved Used | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: | Minimum of 12 months’ roadside assistance Inspection: | Detailed inspection by Bugatti-trained technicians | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: One | Additional benefits: Comprehensive history and condition verifications and a service history check.
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BMW

BMW Approved Used is the name given to BMW’s manufacturer-backed used car programme. It can be applied to every model in the BMW range, from the 1 Series all the way up to the X7, and offers buyers reassurance that a car will be prepared to BMW’s own standards. This includes a full vehicle inspection and road test, a mileage and history check and a full 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty to cover you in the event that anything should go wrong with the car. It is worth noting that BMW also offers a warranty product for used cars not bought through its approved used programme, provided the car in question falls within age and mileage limits and has been maintained according to BMW’s criteria.

Name of programme: BMW Approved Used | Length of Warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 120-point inspection by BMW technicians, only genuine BMW parts used | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 139 | Additional Benefits: 12 months’ MOT cover, full road test by BMW technician, full mileage and vehicle history check
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Caterham

Caterham Selected is the approved-used programme for Caterham Sevens, and offers customers a range of high-quality cars. The certified Sevens are only available from approved Caterham retailers and each is reportedly carefully picked, making sure customers get the best cars possible. An 81-point check is carried out on each car before sale and each comes with 12 months’ parts and labour warranty, 12 months’ assistance cover, a history check and free MOTs for life at Caterham dealerships. There are numerous other benefits, too, including free pre-track day checks for the duration of your ownership. Cars offered range from nearly new road-going cars through to dedicated racing machines, meaning most should be able to find something suitable direct from Caterham.

Name of programme: Caterham Selected | Length of warranty: 12 months, 12,000 miles | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 81-point check developed by the factory | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Five | Additional benefits: Each car serviced and prepared with Caterham parts, Caterham HPI certificate, free MOTs for life at dealerships, £150 hire voucher for family and friends, free pre-track day checks for the entirety of your ownership, warranty cover includes track day use but no motorsports use
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Citroen

A network of official dealers offers used approved Citroens under a scheme called Citroen Select. Cars up to ten years old and with mileages up to 100,000 are offered, and each is put through a 112-point pre-delivery inspection. A minimum of 12 months’ warranty is then offered on each, along with 12 months’ UK and European assistance. MOT test cover for repairs up to £750 is also included, and each car also includes a comprehensive history check to verify its background. Customers also benefit from an exchange programme, so if their car develops a fault – within 30 days or 1000 miles, whichever comes first – then they can exchange it for a similar vehicle. Extended warranties are also available.

Name of programme: Citroen Select | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 112-point inspection | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Over 120 | Additional benefits: MOT test cover, 30-day exchange programme, comprehensive history check that covers mileage, theft and finance
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DS

The DS Certified Approved Used programme offers buyers a selection of second-hand DS models that are reportedly prepared to the highest standard. Cars up to seven years old and with up to 100,000 miles on the clock are offered through the scheme and, before sale, each goes through a 120-point inspection. Vehicles up to four years old, with up to 50,000 miles on the clock, will come with a minimum of two years’ unlimited-mileage warranty. Those over that will come with a year’s unlimited-mileage warranty. Roadside breakdown cover is offered in the form of ‘DS Assistance’, which is supplied for 24 months or 12 months depending on the car. A 30-day/1000-mile exchange programme is also offered for cars that develop a fault within that window.

Name of programme: DS Certified Approved Used | Length of warranty: Up to 24 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: Up to 24 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 120-point pre-delivery inspection | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 36 | Additional benefits: History of each car checked, including theft, finance and mileage, MOT test cover, 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy for faulty vehicles
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Ferrari

Buying a used Ferrari need not be a concern thanks to the company’s extensive Ferrari Approved certification programme. It’s offered for Ferraris up to 14 years old and each car offered undergoes a comprehensive check by Ferrari technicians, in which the car in question is also carefully prepared to ensure that it meets the brand’s standards. Up to 24 months’ unlimited-mileage warranty is offered in the UK, along with up to 24 months of Ferrari roadside assistance. The warranty excludes wear-and-tear parts but, should a problem be encountered, it will guarantee a cost-free repair using genuine parts and fitment by Ferrari-trained technicians. A wide range of Ferraris are available, too, including cars such as the FF, 812 Superfast, 458 Italia and F12berlinetta.

Name of programme: Ferrari Approved | Length of warranty: Up to 24 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: Up to 24 months’ roadside assistance, including travel and accommodation costs, and a replacement car when possible | Inspection: 190-point check by trained technicians, along with professional road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 12 | Additional benefits: Provenance and maintenance check, with detailed documentation provided for each car
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Fiat

A wide range of used Fiats are offered through the company’s Found Approved and used scheme. Cars up to five years old and that have covered less than 60,000 miles are each is given a comprehensive pre-sale inspection before being sold. A 12-month comprehensive warranty is included with each, along with 12 months’ vehicle breakdown cover. To add extra reassurance, a 30-day exchange policy is also included. Should your vehicle develop a fault within the first 30 days or 1000 miles, whichever comes first, you can exchange it for a similarly priced one. Every car also comes with an ownership assurance certificate, which confirms that the car has no outstanding finance and that it has not been stolen or crashed. All Fiats are available, too, including the Fullback pick-up and drop-top 124 Spider.

Name of programme: Found Approved and used | Length of warranty: 12 months, 100,000 miles | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Extensive pre-sale inspection | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: TBC | Additional benefits: Ownership assurance certificate and 30-day, 1000-mile exchange policy
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Ford

The Ford Approved scheme offers a wide range of used Ford cars which, after being subjected to a 75-point inspection, are sold on with the remaining balance of the original warranty. Cars can be up to five years old and have up to 70,000 miles on the clock. Should you not be happy with your purchase, a no-quibble exchange plan means you can swap it for another car. There is also the Ford Direct scheme, which offers nearly new Fords with two years’ unlimited-mileage warranty, two years’ roadside assistance, three days’ drive-away insurance and the same 30-day exchange plan. As a result, it should be easy to find a used approved Ford that meets your requirements.

Name of programme: Ford Approved | Length of warranty: Balance of original Ford warranty | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 75-point inspection by Ford technicians | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 435 | Additional benefits: 30-day/1000-mile exchange plan, three days’ free drive-away insurance, full service history, mileage checked and outstanding finance checked
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Honda

If you’re looking for a Honda that’s up to eight years old, it’s worth checking out the company’s Honda Approved Scheme. It offers an extensive range of used Hondas, ranging from the practical compact Jazz to the flagship NSX, each of which goes through a comprehensive check before being offered with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty. Like many others, Honda also offers a 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy. Should you encounter a problem, and you’re not happy with the car, you can simply exchange it with the dealer for another. Warranty extensions are also available, granting peace of mind if you intend to keep the car for long into the future. Customers also get five days’ complimentary drive-away insurance, as well as access to Honda’s finance solutions.

Name of programme: Honda Approved | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multi-point pre-sales check and road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Over 150 | Additional benefits: Extendable warranty, 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy if a problem is encountered, full valet and polish, assured vehicle history and mileage certification, five days’ drive-away insurance
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Hyundai

New Hyundais come with five years’ warranty, so a nearly new one can make for a sensible purchase – as it will often have a substantial chunk of that original guarantee remaining. Even beyond that, however, it’s possible to get a used approved Hyundai with a warranty. Opt for a car from the H Promise approved used scheme and it will come with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty, as well as 12 months’ roadside assistance. Each car also has its history extensively checked, to avoid any frights later down the line. You’ll benefit from a 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy, too, meaning you can change the car if it does not work out for you within that timeframe.

Name of programme: H Promise | Length of warranty: Remaining balance of original five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, minimum of 12 months | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance with home start | Inspection: Comprehensive check by Hyundai technicians |
Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 160 | Additional benefits: Independent mileage and history checks, 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy if you are dissatisfied with your vehicle, roadside assistance includes car replacement car hire and overnight accommodation
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Jaguar

Jaguar Approved is a programme that offers an extensive range of used Jaguars up to seven years of age – including cars such as the F-Type and I-Pace. Each is put through an extensive 165-point inspection by Jaguar technicians, and faults are rectified using official parts. The cars are then offered with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty, as well as 12 months’ breakdown cover and a host of other customer benefits. Electric variants also come with the balance of the battery warranty, up to eight years and 100,000 miles. A Premier Collection is also offered, which offers ex-demonstration vehicles that are up to five months old. Each comes with at least 2.5 years’ warranty, and – like other used approved Jaguars – is eligible for the 30-day/1000-mile exchange plan.

Name of programme: Jaguar Approved | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance, including home start, car hire, accommodation and UK & European cover | Inspection: 165-point inspection by Jaguar technicians, with repairs carried out using genuine parts, and a road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 87 | Additional benefits: MOT test cover up to £750, 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy if a fault is experienced, seven days’ drive-away insurance, professional valet, inspection certificate
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Jeep

If you’re looking for a used Jeep that’s up to five years old then it’s worth casting your eye over the Jeep Selected for You scheme. It offers used Jeeps that are approved and offered by the company following a comprehensive pre-sales inspection. The cars then have an extensive history check, copies of which are provided to the customer. Each is then offered with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty and 12 months’ breakdown cover, providing a good degree of reassurance. All variants of Jeep are offered, too, including the Wrangler and Cherokee – and even the flagship V8-powered SRT variants are available through the programme. A 30-day exchange promise is offered as well, just in case you’re not happy with your Jeep.

Name of programme: Jeep Selected for You | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ warranty | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ breakdown cover | Inspection: Comprehensive pre-sales inspection | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: TBC | Additional benefits: 30-day exchange promise, ownership assurance certificate with independent checks for mileage, history and outstanding finance
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Kia

If you’re looking for a hassle-free used car purchase, make a beeline for the Kia Approved Used scheme. It offers carefully prepared cars that are up to two years old, with fewer than 20,000 miles on the clock, with a whopping seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. You also get one years’ roadside assistance, a 60-day/1000-mile exchange promise, MOT test cover of up to £1000 and seven days’ drive-away insurance. Kia offers an Assured Used programme, too, featuring cars sourced by dealers that are offered with the balance of the original seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. These come with similar benefits, such as the drive-away insurance, but advantages such as the roadside assistance are often optional.

Name of programme: Kia Approved Used | Length of warranty: Seven years, up to 100,000 miles | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside and home start assistance | Inspection: Comprehensive multi-point inspection and test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 153 | Additional benefits: 60-day/1000-mile exchange plan, seven days’ free drive-away insurance, Experian history checks, one years’ MOT cover up to £1000, free Kia accident aftercare
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Lamborghini

Selezione is the name given to the certified pre-owned Lamborghini programme. It offers a carefully selected range of used Lamborghinis, which have to meet very strict criteria. For a car to be eligible, it has to have covered fewer than 43,500 miles and be no more than seven years old; the Urus SUV is an exception to that, however, with those guidelines extending to 62,000 miles and ten years. Each car must have been regularly serviced by Lamborghini and, to be offered via Selezione, it must pass a 150-point test. Every car is then sold with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty, which can be extended by up to 24 months, and roadside cover that lasts the duration of the warranty.

Name of programme: Selezione | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months | Breakdown cover: Roadside assistance for the duration of the warranty | Inspection: 150-point inspection including diagnostic checks and a road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 10 | Additional benefits: Up to 24 months of additional warranty, only original parts used for repairs, vehicle history checked
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Land Rover

If you’re looking for a Land Rover that’s less than seven years old and has covered fewer than 100,000 miles, take a look at Land Rover Approved. It’s the official used Land Rover scheme and offers cars from the brand’s entire line-up, from the Defender to the Range Rover. Each car is put through an intensive 165-point inspection, which includes a road test, and is then prepared for sale. A minimum of 12 months’ warranty is included, as is a minimum of 12 months’ comprehensive roadside assistance. The cars also benefit from independent history checks, while customers will further receive bonuses such as a half-day off-roading experience. Plug-in hybrids also include the balance of the battery warranty, which extends up to eight years and 100,000 miles.

Name of programme: Land Rover Approved | Length of warranty: Minimum 12 months’ warranty, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: Minimum of 12 months’ roadside and home assistance, including vehicle recovery and accommodation | Inspection: 165-point inspection, with required works carried out using genuine parts, and a road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 120 | Additional benefits: Independent mileage and history check, part-exchange service, £750 MOT test warranty, 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy if a fault is found, complimentary half-day Land Rover experience, complimentary seven days’ drive-away insurance
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Lexus

Each of the cars offered in the Lexus Select Approved Pre-Owned scheme is subject to a stringent 150-point check, including a hybrid system health check for hybrid models, and receives a comprehensive valet – as well as a history check. Each is then retailed with a minimum of 12 months’ unlimited-mileage warranty, as well as 12 months’ roadside assistance. The warranty offers the same degree of cover as a new Lexus warranty, for further piece of mind. Like some other manufacturers, Lexus also offers extended warranties for its older cars – even if you’re not the first owner, but only if the vehicle is less than 10 years old and only fewer than 140,000 miles on the clock.

Name of programme: Lexus Select Approved Pre-owned | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside and home-start assistance, UK and European cover | Inspection: 150-point check, hybrid health check on hybrid models, interior and exterior valet | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 46 | Additional benefits: 30-day/1000-mile no-quibble exchange policy, full service history on each vehicle, tailored finance
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Maserati

The Maserati Approved scheme is available on Maseratis that are under four years old, including the GranTurismo, Grancabrio, Quattroporte, Levante and Ghibli. Each car offered through the scheme undergoes a comprehensive 121-point test, which includes a road test and background checks, before being offered with a 24-month, unlimited-mileage warranty. If the car is over three years old, it will also undergo an MOT to ensure a clean bill of health. The 24-month warranty only commences once the balance of the original warranty expires, too, meaning you could get up to six years’ warranty cover – helping minimise costs and concerns. Customers can also specify an optional Maserati Maintenance Programme, which offers a range of pre-paid service packages that can further help control future costs.

Name of programme: Maserati Approved | Length of warranty: Minimum of 24 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 24 months roadside assistance, including replacement vehicle and accommodation | Inspection: 121-point inspection by Maserati technicians with rectification work carried out using genuine parts, vehicles road tested before sale | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: * 11 | *Additional benefits: Vehicle history and service history check, new MOT on cars over three years old, optional maintenance programme, access to Maserati financial services
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Mazda

Those in the market for a used Mazda, provided it’s done fewer than 100,000 miles, may be able to find what they’re looking for via the Mazda Approved Used Cars scheme. It’s designed to offer buyers peace of mind by offering all types of Mazda, from the RX-8 to the newer MX-5s, with a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty – and 12 months’ roadside assistance. Cars offered through the scheme undergo a comprehensive check before sale, in which faults are rectified using original parts, and the history and mileage is independently verified for additional security. There’s also a 30-day, 1000-mile exchange policy, so if you discover a fault then you’ve the opportunity to swap the car for something else.

Name of programme: Mazda Approved Used Cars | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ UK and European home and roadside assistance, and help with onward costs | Inspection: Comprehensive multi-point check, with found faults rectified using genuine Mazda parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 115 | Additional benefits: Independent mileage and history checks, Mazda accident aftercare, free temporary drive-away insurance cover, 30-day, 1000-mile exchange policy if a fault is found, £750 MOT protection
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McLaren

McLaren Qualified is the approved programme that offers used approved McLarens. Each car selected for the programme goes through a comprehensive multi-point check by McLaren technicians, during which any faults are rectified with genuine parts. The cars are then given a minimum of 12 months’ warranty, valid for up to 12,000 miles a year, and 12 months’ roadside assistance. Newer cars may also come with the balance of remaining warranty. Any servicing due within three months is carried out before the sale, too, and each car is checked to ensure it comes with more than 3mm of tyre tread at each corner. All McLaren automotive Series cars are offered in the scheme, and there are no age limits, but the McLaren P1 is exempt from it due to its specialist nature.

Name of programme: McLaren Qualified | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ warranty, up to 12,000 miles | Breakdown cover: Minimum of 12 months’ roadside assistance with home start | Inspection: Multi-point inspection by McLaren technicians, including McLaren replacement parts and required adjustments to ensure proper performance, option to extend warranty to 24 months | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Nine | Additional benefits: Transferable warranty, extendable up to two years, the latest software updates, preferential rates on optional extras, access to owner publications and McLaren events
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Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Approved Used offers an extensive range of Mercedes and Mercedes-AMG cars, each of which comes with a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty. Every car offered goes through a comprehensive check, including a road test, before being offered for sale. The history is also checked, along with the mileage, before the car is sold. Customers will also experience the same handover process as they would for a new Mercedes-Benz, helping guide them through the acquisition process. Other benefits are also included, such as MOT cover of up to £750. The conventional line-up of cars available spans from the compact A-Class to the Marco Polo, while AMG offerings include the C-Class, G Class and range-topping AMG GT Coupe.

Name of programme: Mercedes-Benz Approved Used | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multi-point check by certified technicians | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 129 | Additional benefits: Independent mileage and history checks, key insurance, seven days’ complimentary car insurance, service cover for the first 3000 miles and three months, MOT test cover of up to £750 for one year
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MG Motor UK

If you’re in the market for a used MG then you’re in luck, as there is an official certified car scheme called Approved Used MG. It’s available on all of the brand’s recent models, including the 3 and ZS, and each car offered in the scheme is put through a 130-point check before being sold. The vehicle history is also carefully checked, as is the mileage, and independent checks are carried out by HPI. The remainder of the factory seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is offered on all; should you find a dealer offering a car over seven years old, it will come with a 12-month warranty. Seven days’ drive-away insurance is also included. The MG dealer network is continuing to grow, too, meaning it should get easier to find a local dealer for sales and servicing.

Name of programme: Approved Used MG | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ warranty | Breakdown cover: Balance of remaining 12 months’ cover where applicable | Inspection: 130-point check | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 101 | Additional benefits: HPI check, mileage verified, seven days’ drive-away insurance, full main dealer service history, lifelong subscription to Traffic Master
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MINI

A MINI is supposed to be a fun, frugal and straightforward car – and, fortunately, that nature is reflected in the company’s Approved Used MINI scheme. For starters, all variants of MINI are available through the scheme, including the Hatch, Countryman and JCW variants. To be eligible for sale, each has to pass an extensive series of tests and checks; any faults found are then subsequently repaired using original MINI parts. The cars are then offered at approved dealers with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty, 12 months’ roadside assistance and 12 months’ MOT and MOT cover. Consequently, buyers should have comparatively little to worry about. An extended MINI Insured Warranty is also offered, up to 100,000 miles, for further peace of mind.

Name of programme: Approved Used MINI | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ warranty, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: Minimum of 12 months’ roadside assistance, UK & Europe | Inspection: 360-degree check, covering more than 120 points, by MINI technicians, and a comprehensive road test. Any faults repaired using genuine MINI parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 133 | Additional benefits: Minimum of 12 months’ MOT and MOT cover, full service history, independent history and mileage checks
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Mitsubishi

Buyers seeking a frugal runabout, a capable SUV or a pick-up should have a look at the Mitsubishi Approved Used Car Programme. It offers a line-up of cars, ranging from the compact Colt hatchback to the ever-popular Outlander PHEV, each of which has been subject to a multi-point inspection and recommissioning process. The cars are then sold with a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty and 12 months’ roadside assistance. All also receive independent history checks and are offered with MOT cover for up to £750, preventing any unexpected surprises. A 30-day, 1000-mile exchange is available, so if a fault develops with your car then you can trade into another one. Cars up to eight years old with fewer than 100,000 miles are offered through the scheme.

Name of programme: Approved Used Car Programme | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multi-point inspection, with a valet, and any faults fixed using original parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 106 | Additional benefits: 30-day, 1000-mile exchange plan if a fault arises, independent history checks, MOT cover for up to £750, lifetime health checks from the supplying dealer
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Nissan

Nissan Intelligent Choice is an approved used car scheme for vehicles up to five years old and with fewer than 75,000 miles on the clock. Each is first given a background check, then put through a 100-point inspection and a road test by Nissan technicians. The cars are then offered for sale with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty. If the car is older than two years at the time of sale, Nissan will also cover the cost of any repairs should the car not pass its subsequent MOT. Nissan also guarantee the quality of the battery in its used EVS and offers a 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy if a fault develops. All of Nissan’s range is available through the scheme, ranging from the all-electric Leaf to the twin-turbocharged GT-R.

Name of programme: Nissan Intelligent Choice | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ breakdown cover | Inspection: 100 point, with a road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 176 | Additional benefits: MOT cover up to £750, EV battery quality guarantee, 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy, free health checks, service price matches, optional roadside assistance, free courtesy car
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Peugeot

Peugeot Approved Used is the official used car scheme of Peugeot. It offers cars up to ten years in age, with fewer than 100,000 miles on the clock, each of which is comprehensively checked before being offered to customers. This includes a background check, to protect against buying a car with theft or accident damage, and a 112-point inspection by Peugeot technicians. Once passed, each car is given a minimum of 12 months’ warranty – and cars up to five years/50,000 miles are also given 12 months’ roadside assistance. MOT test cover is included, too, protecting you against up to £750 of costs should the car fail its MOT. A 30-day, 1000-mile fault-based exchange scheme is also offered, should a problem arise.

Name of programme: Peugeot Approved Used | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months, if the car is up to five years old/50,000 miles | Inspection: 112-point inspect by Peugeot technicians, including a road test and a pre-sale check, optional roadside assistance for older vehicles | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 154 | Additional benefits: History check, including finance and theft history, 30-day, 1000-mile fault-based exchanged programme, MOT test cover up to £750,
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Porsche

Buying a used car, even a high-performance one such as a Porsche, need not be a stressful experience – particularly thanks to the company’s official used car scheme, called Approved Pre-Owned Cars. Every car offered is subject to a 111-point check by Porsche technicians, and rectification work is carried out using official Porsche parts. A new MOT is put on the car if it is over three years old and the body is also refinished and the interior valeted. If the car is less than 13 years old, it is then offered to customers with 24 months’ unlimited-mileage warranty and Porsche assistance. The company also offers a warranty for cars up to 15 years old and with 125,000 miles, which can be purchased by private owners at any time if they have their car inspected.

Name of programme: Approved Pre-Owned Cars | Length of warranty: 24 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 24 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 111-point check by Porsche technicians, with rectification works carried out using genuine parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 42 | Additional benefits: Servicing due with 3000 miles or next three months carried out, 12 months’ MOT where applicable, N-rated tyres fitted to a remaining depth of 3mm, full valet and quality inspection
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Renault

Renault Approved is a programme which offers approved used Renaults with a minimum of 12 months’ unlimited-mileage warranty. It’s offered on cars up to seven years old, with fewer than 70,000 miles on the clock, and all of Renault’s range is available – including the distinctive Twizy, the grin-inducing Clio Renault Sport and the Koleos SUV. Each is put through a comprehensive series of checks, including a history check, and comes with 12 months’ breakdown assistance. A 30-day exchange policy is offered, so if the car doesn’t meet your expectations then you can trade it in for another. Renault also includes five days’ insurance for free, and a range of service plans and accessories are available.

Name of programme: Renault Approved | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ breakdown cover | Inspection: Mechanical, safety and road test carried out, report supplied to customer | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 94 | Additional benefits: Extendable breakdown assistance, optional service plans and accessories, 30-day exchange policy, accident support line, history check with optional certificate, five days’ drive-away insurance
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Rolls-Royce

The Rolls-Royce Provenance programme aims to offer used cars that are befitting of such an upmarket badge. The company says that it picks only the best cars, with comprehensive service files and clean histories, and then each is put through a comprehensive check by specialist technicians – with any repairs being carried out using genuine Rolls-Royce parts to ensure quality is maintained. An extensive road test is also carried out, ensuring that the car performs as it should. Customers benefit further from up to two years’ warranty, two years’ roadside assistance and two years’ servicing. You can even personalise the car before you take delivery of it, thanks to an extensive array of options offered by Rolls-Royce. Models available include the Phantom, Cullinan, Dawn and Ghost.

Name of programme: Provenance | Length of warranty: Up to two years’ warranty | Breakdown cover: Two years’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Extensive inspection and road test by Rolls-Royce specialist technicians, with any required repairs carried out using genuine Rolls-Royce parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Eight | Additional benefits: Up to two years’ servicing included, personalisation options available for the car, only high-quality cars with good history offered
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Seat

Seat Approved is the official used car scheme for Seat. Each car that goes through the scheme is given a comprehensive check and, provided it is not over ten years old and has fewer than 100,000 miles on the clock, it is sold with 12 months’ warranty. Both the history and mileage are also checked, further ensuring trouble-free ownership. The approved Seats also come with 12 months’ roadside assistance, five days’ complimentary drive-away insurance and 12 months’ MOT cover – which accounts for up to £750-worth of MOT-related costs, should the Seat not pass its MOT. A 30-day/1000-mile no-quibble exchange is offered, allowing you to easily change your car for another if you’re not happy with it. Customers can also take advantage of three-year fixed-price insurance with Seat, which could help keep tabs on future expenditure.

Name of programme: Seat Approved | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ cover, up to 100,000 miles | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multi-point check by Seat technicians | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Over 100 | Additional benefits: Complimentary five-day drive-away insurance, full history check, 30-day/1000-mile no-quibble exchange policy, 12 months’ MOT cover up to £750
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Skoda

Skoda’s Approved Used programme features cars up to ten years old with fewer than 100,000 miles on the clock – giving you a wide range of choice, with models featured including the popular Yeti and compact Fabia. All approved used cars go through a comprehensive check and are subsequently offered with 12 months’ warranty and 12 months’ breakdown cover, as well as benefits such as five days’ drive-away insurance cover. If you finance a used car that’s three to five years old, Skoda will extend the warranty and assistance to 24 months. Aside from the usual battery of history and security checks, Skoda also offers a 30-day/1000-mile exchange policy. That means, should your car suffer a fault, you can exchange it for another of a similar value.

Name of programme: Approved Used | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside and home assistance, UK & Europe | Inspection: Over 100 points checked, followed by a road test | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 130 | Additional benefits: Next MOT free at supplying dealer, £750 MOT cost covers within warranty, vehicle history check and 30-day/1000-mile exchange if the vehicle is faulty, five days’ complimentary drive-away insurance
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Smart

Smart Approved Used offers customers a range of used Smarts, each of which comes with a minimum of 12 months’ unlimited-mileage warranty. Once 100,000 miles has been exceeded, however, warranty claims relating to wear and tear are not covered. Every car offered undergoes a multi-point check by trained Smart technicians, as well as a road test, and the customer will receive a copy of the report on their car. Roadside assistance is also included and all approved used cars won’t require servicing for a minimum of 1500 miles or three months from the date of sale. Smart will carry out a range of history checks, adding additional security to your purchase, too.

Name of programme: Smart Approved Used | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multi-point inspection by specialist technician | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 56 | Additional benefits: MOT test failure cover and costs of up to £100 per day covered for a replacement vehicle if yours is being repaired
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Subaru

If you’re looking for a Subaru that’s less than seven years old, with fewer than 80,000 miles on the clock, have a look at Subaru Proven. The programme offers a range of used Subarus that have passed a comprehensive pre-sales inspection and each comes with a minimum of 12 months’ warranty, as well as 12 months’ home and roadside assistance. Independent history and mileage checks are carried out, to instil further confidence in your purchase, and a 30-day, 1000-mile exchange policy is offered. All Subarus are available through the scheme, from the sporty BRZ to the range-topping WRX STI, and nearly new and ex-demonstrator vehicles are also offered – as is often the case with many a used scheme.

Name of programme: Subaru Proven | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months, unlimited mileage| Breakdown cover: 12 months’ home and roadside assistance | Inspection: Comprehensive mechanical check and body refinished to high standards, road tested prior to sale | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 75 | Additional benefits: 30-day, 1000-mile exchange policy, full provenance and mileage check
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Suzuki

A host of approved used Suzukis that up to to seven years old and have covered less than 100,000 miles are offered with what the company dubs its Approved Used Car Promise. Every car offered through the scheme undergoes a comprehensive inspection by trained technicians, including checks on the powertrain, electrics and general condition. Genuine Suzuki parts are also used to correct any issues. Both the mileage and history of each car is checked, and a full valet is also covered out. Some cars are offered with a Suzuki-branded warranty, which covers myriad components and includes MOT protection cover and roadside assistance. You’ll even find older Suzukis on offer with 12 months’ warranty and roadside assistance, such as the Alto, but do check with each dealer for specifics.

Name of programme: Suzuki Approved Used Car Promise | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ warranty, no mileage limit | Breakdown cover: Minimum of 12 months’ roadside and home assistance | Inspection: Multi-point check by Suzuki technicians, with repairs carried out using genuine parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 105 | Additional benefits: Vehicle history and mileage check, MOT test cover
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Tesla

If you want a used Tesla Model S, X or 3, one of the best starting points is Tesla’s own used inventory. The easily accessed and browsed site allows you to search used stock in the UK and, usefully, you can filter the cars by the degree of warranty offered. The maximum is four years and up to 50,000 miles, offering plenty of protection against unwanted bills or annoyances. Buyers also get an eight-year, unlimited-mileage warranty on newer cars, which should stave off any concerns about long-term reliability. Every car is also comprehensively prepared prior to its sale and roadside assistance is included for the duration of the warranty.

Name of programme: Tesla used inventory | Length of warranty: Four years, up to 50,000 miles, on Teslas less than four years old and under 50,000 miles. Two years, up to 100,000 miles, on Teslas over four years and 50,000 miles | Breakdown cover: Roadside assistance included for the duration of the vehicle’s warranty | Inspection: All Teslas go through a comprehensive 10-point check, including the battery and drive unit | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: N/A (cars are located at Service Centres and then delivery is organised by the Tesla Delivery team) | Additional benefits: Continuous software upgrades and eight-year, unlimited-mileage battery and drive unit warranty on 2015-on cars with a 70kWh battery – or an eight-year, 125,000-mile drivetrain warranty for those built below 2015 with a sub-70kWh battery
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Toyota

The Toyota Plus approved used scheme covers all manner of Toyotas, including the Yaris, GT86 and Land Cruiser – meaning there’s often something to suit all needs. Each car is given a thorough inspection and brought up to scratch before being offered to customers with a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty – or the remaining balance of its original warranty. Buyers also get access to part-exchange, finance and insurance services, as well as 12 months’ roadside and home assistance. Hybrid Toyotas are checked and covered for a minimum of 12 months, too, but reliability issues with those are few and far between. Extended warranties are also available for those looking to keep their cars for longer.

Name of programme: Toyota Plus | Length of warranty: Minimum of 12 months’ unlimited-mileage warranty | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside and home assistance | Inspection: Full technical check by trained technicians, vehicles fully prepared refurbished and road tested | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Around 180 | Additional benefits: 30-day, 500-mile exchange scheme, vehicle history and mileage check, access to MyToyota rewards and online services, MOT cover for the duration of the warranty
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Vauxhall

Network Q is the long-standing approved used scheme offered by Vauxhall. Cars offered through the scheme are up to seven years old and have fewer than 70,000 miles on the clock. Each is first put through a multi-point check by Vauxhall technicians, which includes safety checks, a road test and a valet. A 12-month warranty with a 100,000-mile limit is offered, or the remaining balance of the original warranty until three years or 60,000 miles – whichever comes first – as well as one year’s roadside assistance. Customers also receive an Ownership Promise, which includes a mileage check, a history check and a recall check. All cars offered in the scheme are no more than seven years old and have a maximum mileage of 70,000 miles.

Name of programme: Network Q | Length of warranty: 12 months or up to an odometer reading of 100,000 miles, whichever comes first | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: Multi-point interior, exterior, safety and road check | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: Over 300 | Additional benefits: Ownership Promise including background and recall checks, free accident management, service and MOT discounts through the Service Club, three days’ free insurance and a 30-day exchange pledge should the vehicle develop a fault
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Volkswagen

Das WeltAuto is the name given to the official Volkswagen used approved scheme. Each car offered through it is put through a 142-point inspection and any repairs required are carried out using official parts. A 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty is offered on cars up to five years old, adding peace of mind, along with 12 months’ roadside assistance. Both VW and independent history checks are included, helping avoid unexpected surprises. Five days’ free insurance is included, too. VW also operates a no-quibble exchange policy; if you’re unhappy with your car up to 30 days or 1000 miles later, whichever comes first, you can exchange it for another. An extensive array of cars is available as well, ranging from the electric e-Up! to the flagship Touareg.

Name of programme: Das WeltAuto | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage | Breakdown cover: 12 months’ roadside assistance | Inspection: 142-point check by Volkswagen technicians, repairs carried out using genuine VW parts | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 190 | Additional benefits: 30-day, 1000-mile no-quibble exchange policy, 12 months’ MOT cover service history and vehicle identity checks, independent mileage and history checks, five days’ drive-away insurance for free
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Volvo

The Volvo Selekt scheme offers a range of used Volvos, each of which is carefully prepared and – if under five years old – comes with a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty. Volvo starts by selecting the best used examples around, and then puts them through a check that assesses more than 150 areas of the vehicle. Any required repairs are then carried out, using only genuine Volvo parts. Customers also benefit from 12 months of roadside assistance, MOT test cover and a 30-day/1500-mile satisfaction guarantee. Cars over five years old come with a six-month, unlimited-mileage warranty, but an upgrade to 12 months is offered. The maximum age and mileage of vehicles offered through the scheme is seven years and 100,000 miles.

Name of programme: Volvo Selekt | Length of warranty: 12 months, unlimited mileage (if under five years old) | Breakdown cover: 12 months | Inspection: 150+ points, genuine Volvo parts used when repairs are required | Number of approved used dealers in the UK: 104 | Additional benefits: 30-day/1500-mile guarantee, cover for one MOT test up to £750, latest software for the vehicle
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Lewis Kingston is an award-winning freelance journalist who has previously held roles at titles such as Autocar, CAR magazine, What Car? and Parkers. He writes reviews, features, news and guides, and can often be found trawling the classifieds for bargain buys.

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