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Subject: Re: Certification process Date: 12/15/2012 12:54 PM
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I would walk. CPO is largely marketing puffery as it is. So many cars I've seen where friends have paid the CPO premium and they have cooked or dirty fluids (read the alleged list of CPO work, fluids clean is one of the criteria) and other neglected items. I don't care how reputable the dealer, I believe most cut corners on CPO certifications.

If they aren't going to fix body/trim work on a CPO car - red flag number one.

If prior owner caused body damage and ignored obvious repairs, do you really think required maintenance was followed? Unrepaired body damage on a 2011 more than a door ding SCREAMS deferred maintenance.

I'm not saying dealer is shady, I am saying the whole used car industry CPO certification is shady and its an industry wide problem.

Another reason to walk, Americans generally don't like minivans. The depreciation line is steep compared to CUVs (eg all things equal an Odyssey will depreciate faster than a Pilot). If a dealer is not giving you the price you want, WALK.

I also would recommend a Toyota Sienna over the Honda.

Sadly Honda + V6 + automatic = less than stellar reliability. The 6-speed auto is definitely more reliable than the God awful 5-speed auto, rightfully maligned. Right now Ic think the Sienna is the best minivan out there.
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