The Origin of Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
October 1, 2014
Most reputable dealers who sell used cars, like 5 Star Auto Plaza, strive to meet the standards of car manufacturers for overall vehicle quality when purchasing any inventory. This results in CPO or certified pre-owned vehicles. A buyer can then be assured that when purchasing low mileage cars in Weldon Spring from 5 Star Auto Plaza, that a purchase will hold up to usual wear and tear on the road and last for many miles to come.
One long ago pre-curser to CPO was the Hudson Approved Reconditioning Procedure or HARP that debuted in the 1950s by the Hudson Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan. Their 13-point check system is almost laughable in today’s used car world. Such hands-on treatment was virtually unheard-of but is a model on which our current specifications exist.
Consider this HARP protocol:
- Clean engine and chassis.
- Clean interior and trunk.
- Tune and adjust motor.
- Road test.
- Write complete repair order.
- Perform minor mechanical adjustments and repairs. Major overhaul if necessary.
- Check electrical system and repair if necessary.
- Check tires and re-groove or replace if necessary.
- Wash car.
- Repair body and paint if necessary.
- Interior appearance recondition.
5 Star Auto Plaza makes sure to meticulously inspect each vehicle that we take in as inventory for our lot. Our in-house service department combs all vehicles both inside and out to ensure quality standards for reliability and overall vehicle care are met and often exceeded.
Call 5 Star Auto Plaza today at (636) 940-7600 with questions about particular models we have in stock or stop by the dealership to browse our extensive inventory for a low mileage cars in Weldon Spring. We look forward to helping you locate the best pre-owned vehicle to meet your individual needs, and stand by the quality of our vehicles.