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Used Car of the Year Awards 2021: Used Car Scheme
With demand for used cars on the rise, you’ll want to know which manufacturers offer the best approved-used schemes. Here we have the answer...
WINNER: Used car scheme
It’s a victory to the DS Certified scheme for the second year in a row, and it’s perhaps not surprising, because it still provides a truly excellent level of cover that few other schemes come close to matching. For starters, there’s a rare 24-month warranty available for cars up to four years old that have done less than 50,000 miles. There’s also an extensive 120-point mechanical check, two years’ worth of DS Assistance EU and UK breakdown recovery, a full history and mileage check on every car sold, free MOT test cover and a 30-day/1000-mile exchange programme. On top of that, buyers can access a number of premium services via automatic membership of the DS Only You club, including a 24/7 helpline, valeting and DS car rental.
What’s more, if you’re buying a car between four and seven years old with up to 100,000 miles on the clock, you can take advantage of a 12-month warranty with breakdown recovery and the same presale checks, DS Only You membership, MOT test cover and exchange policy that you get if you buy a newer car.
With so much on offer, especially to those looking to buy an older car, we’re delighted to give top honours to the DS scheme once again.
Not only do Kia’s new cars come with an impressive seven-year warranty, but its used cars do too. You also get a warranted mileage and a full service history guarantee, as well as one year’s breakdown cover, a 60-day exchange policy and seven days’ free insurance. This scheme only applies to cars up to 20 months old and with up to 20,000 miles on the clock, though; some others cover cars that are much older.
Any car bought through the BMW or Mini approved scheme gets a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty, one year’s UK and European roadside assistance, a multi-point mechanical check and full vehicle preparation, a full service history guarantee, a free MOT and a 30- day or 1000-mile exchange policy, if a demonstrable fault is unable to be fixed. What’s more, the schemes cover used cars of any age and with no mileage limits, making them very attractive.