Toyota Creates First Certified Used Program for Hybrids

By Editors on January 20, 2009 12:41 PM

Looking to entice a new group of potential buyers into the hybrid vehicle arena which it currently dominates, Toyota has established the automotive industry's first certified used plan specifically dedicated to these mileage-making gas/electrics. The Toyota Certified Used Hybrid Program (TCUH) expands on its conventional Toyota Certified Used Vehicles (TCUV) regimen by adding 14 specific inspection points and expanding warranty coverage on all Toyota hybrid vehicles that qualify.

Each previously-owned Prius, Camry or Highlander will come with a three-month/3,000-mile comprehensive warranty, seven-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and roadside assistance plan offered on traditional TCUV models as well as the balance of the pre-existing eight-year/100,000-mile factory warranty (or 10-year/150,000-mile interval for vehicles sold under California-spec) on its hybrid battery pack. The TCUH's enhanced quality insurance inspection also scrutinizes all key hybrid-related components, including the transaxle and controller as well as the battery itself.

Toyota (including its Lexus division) has a significant pool of candidate vehicles for the new TCUH program. It has sold nearly 980,000 hybrid vehicles in the United States alone since the original Prius was introduced late in 2000. Although no decision has been made about whether to establish a similar certified used program for Lexus, Toyota has confirmed that possibility is currently under discussion.