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Certification Standards

Why should you choose a Certified Pre-Owned Honda?



Every Honda is a product of innovative engineering and quality manufacturing. And only well-maintained Honda models  that are less than six years old or have a maximum of 80,000 miles are eligible for certification. The certification process includes:

    • An exhaustive 182-point mechanical and appearance inspection, performed by the dealer, to ensure that each vehicle meets Certified Pre-Owned Honda standards.
    • Honda-trained technicians scrutinize all major vehicle systems, including brakes, engine, drivetrain, steering, suspension, tires, wheels, exhaust system and vehicle interior and exterior.
    • Dealer technicians recondition any component that does not meet our standards, or replace it with Genuine Honda parts
    • Up-to-date scheduled maintenance services
    • Honda dealers run a CARFAX Vehicle History Report at no cost to you to assure that your Certified Pre-Owned Honda does not contain any DMV-reported incidents such as salvage, fire, flood damage, odometer problems or lemon history.

A copy of each car's CARFAX Vehicle History Report will be kept at the Honda dealership and will be available for you to see. Or you can always get a free Vehicle History Report online.  Begin your vehicle history search here, and then view important details about the vehicle, including your free CARFAX Vehicle History Report.



Complete Inspection List



 Required Manuals & Documentation
(In glove compartment or provided upon delivery)

    Owner's manual
    New Car Warranty manual
    Certified Warranty Booklet
    Vehicle History Report copy (Title History Check)
    Copy of HCUC 150-point Inspection Checklist in Glove Compartment (once completed)
    Radio Security Code
    Navigation Code (if applicable)

 
VIN Inspection
1. Vehicle VIN plates match, engine compartment, door jambs and dash
2. VIN/FMVSS label on door jamb
3. Perform VIN Status Inquiry check and perform applicable recall or campaign repairs
 
Minimum Replacement Items
4. Engine oil & filter-with Genuine Honda filter
5. Air filter-if dirty or at service interval
6. Brake fluid-if dirty/discolored or at service interval
7. Floor mats-replace mats, unless in good condition
8. Wiper blades-replace unless they wipe windshield clean
9. Coolant-replace if dirty or at service interval with genuine Honda fluid
10. Tires-minimum tread depth 5/32 across tread width
11. Disc brake pads-replace if wear is greater than 50 percent
12. Brake shoes-replace if wear is greater than 50 percent
13. Antenna mast-replace if bent or sticking (if applicable)
14. Automatic transmission fluid-replace if discolored or at service interval
15. Differential fluid-replace if discolored or at service interval (if equipped)
16. Rear differential fluid-replace if discolored or at service interval (if equipped)
 
Scheduled Maintenance
17. Nearest scheduled maintenance must be performed if within 3 months or 2,500 miles of service interval, or if no record of service exists
 
Road Test
18. Starting-cold/hot
19. Idle vibration-cold/hot
20. Engine noise-cold/hot & high/low speeds
21. Acceleration-power
22. Engine operating temperature
23. Driveability-smoothness
24. AT shift quality/AT shift points
25. MT shifter operation
26. MT clutch-smoothness, effort, slippage
27. Transmission/transaxle noise-cold/hot
28. CV joint/drive axle noise-full lock turn right/left
29. Braking-noise, vibration, effort
30. Parking brake operation
31. Steering effort-drifting right or left
32. Steering-wheel free play/steering-wheel centered
33. Cruise control operation, including resume
34. Horn operation
35. Wind noise/squeaks/rattles
36. Speedometer/odometer operation
37. Heater/defroster operation
38. A/C cooling performance/vent outlet temperature
39. Tire or steering-wheel vibration
40. Body/suspension-performance/noise/rough road test
 
Under Hood-check for unacceptable aftermarket modifications
41. Battery-condition, fluid level, load test
42. Alternator-belt condition/tension, charging
43. Starter operation
44. Distributor-cap & rotor condition, shaft looseness
45. Ignition system operation
46. Fuel system operation-connections/leakage
47. Fuel filter-replace per maintenance schedule
48. Radiator-leaks, road-hazard damage
49. A/C condenser-corrosion, road-hazard damage
50. Cooling fan operation
51. Coolant-replace if discolored, insufficient protection
52. Coolant hoses-check condition
53. Power steering-fluid level, belt condition/tension
54. A/C compressor-proper cycling, belt condition/tension
55. Heater valve adjustment
56. Engine valve noise
57. Engine/transmission mount condition
58. Engine-remove valve cover, verify adequate maintenance, one valve cover for V-6 engine
59. Timing belt condition
 
Under Vehicle-check for unacceptable aftermarket modifications
60. Tires-OEM size, speed and load rating
61. Tires-matching brand & type
62. Tires-no road hazard damage/proper tire pressure
63. Tires-check for uneven wear or sidewall cracking
64. Wheels/rims-check for damage
65. Valve stem condition
66. Wheel lug nuts-all present and properly torqued
67. Spare tire-condition/pressure
68. Engine-oil leaks, drain plug threads
69. Transmission leaks
70. Coolant leaks
71. CV joint/boots/drive-shaft/universal joint-cracks, leakage
72. Brake pad thickness
73. Brake rotor thickness and surface
74. Brake caliper free movement
75. Brake caliper leakage
76. Rear-lining thickness (if applicable)
77. Rear-wheel cylinder leakage (if applicable)
78. Rear-drum thickness and surface
79. Hydraulic hose/line leakage
80. Suspension-springs, proper ride height
81. McPherson strut/shock absorber leakage
82. Bushing condition
83. Ball joint tightness
84. Tie-rod end tightness
85. Power-steering rack leakage
86. Entire exhaust system-condition, leaks, damage, noise
 Exterior-check for unacceptable aftermarket modifications
87. Headlights-high/low operation and headlight aim, cracks, chips, scratches, pitting
88. Brakelights
89. Turn Signal Lights-operation, cracks, chips, scratches
90. Parking lamps
91. Fog lamps (if applicable)
92. Running lights (if applicable)
93. License-plate light
94. Taillights-operation, cracks, chips, scratches, damage
95. Back-up lamps
96. Emergency flasher
97. Water leaks
 
Interior-check for unacceptable aftermarket modifications
98. Fuel-gauge operation
99. Temperature-gauge operation
100. All warning lights illuminated with ignition "ON"
101. Dash light operation
102. Windshield wiper/washer operation
103. Audio system-radio/CD/cassette, speaker operation (audio steering wheel controls if applicable)
104. Navigation operation (if applicable)
105. Clock functions
106. Steering-wheel tilt/lock
107. Sunroof operation (if applicable)
108. Headliner condition
109. Cigarette lighter/power outlets (if equipped)
110. Alarm/theft system operation-check remote
111. SRS airbags-exterior condition/check warning lamp self check
112. Outside mirror operation, left & right
113. Rearview mirror operation-day/night operation
114. Window operation-noise, speed and full travel
115. Door locks-check manual and/or power operation and child safety function
116. Seat belts-condition, proper latching and retraction operation
117. Seat upholstery/leather condition-front & rear
118. Power seat operation (if equipped)
119. Seat heaters (if equipped)
120. Headrest movement
121. Rear defrost operation
122. Inside mirror/vanity light operation
123. Interior lights-switch/door operation
124. Glove compartment/glove compartment-light operation
125. Luggage compartment-jack & tool present
126. Trunk-lid release/trunk-lid light operation
127. Fuel door release
128. Hood release operation
 
Appearance Inspection
 
Exterior
129. Under hood-clean engine compartment
130. Front bumper-fascia, guards, finish
131. Grille-headlights, other lights, trim, emblems
132. Hood-emblems & finish
133. LF fender-finish, trim
134. LF door-finish, trim
135. LR door-finish, trim
136. LR fender-finish, trim
137. Trunk lid-finish, trim
138. Rear bumper-fascia, guards, trim
139. RR fender-finish, trim
140. RR door-finish, trim
141. RF door-finish, trim
142. RF fender-finish, trim
143. Roof-finish, trim
144. Windshield/glass-cracks, chips, scratches, pitting
 
Interior
145. Carpet & mats-condition)
146. Dash & instrument panels
147. Console/center armrest/beverage holders
148. Front doors-controls, trim condition
149. Rear doors/quarter trim-controls, trim condition
150. Luggage compartment-mat/trim/carpet condition

Left-Rear
151. Rotor / Drum (Replace if wear is >50% of original thickness)
152. Wheel (Check condition, lug nut, torque and valve stem)
153. Tire (Uneven wear, minimum tread depth 5/32nd across treat width, sidewall cracking/ cuts, adjust tire pressure)


Right-Rear:
154. Brake Pad/ Shoe (Replace if wear is >50% of original thickness)
155. Rotor / Drum (Replace if wear is >50% of original thickness)
156. Wheel (Check condition, lug nut, torque and valve stem)
157. Tire (Uneven wear, minimum tread depth 5/32nd across tread width, sidewall cracking / cuts, adjust tire pressure)
158. Spare Tire/ Tool Kit (Check condition and all tools present)

Replacement Items
159. Engine Air Filter (Replace if dirty)
160. Cabin Filter (Replace if dirty)
161. Front Wiper Blades (must wipe the windshield clean)
162. Rear wiper blade (must wipe the windshield clean)
163. Floor Mats (Install new if missing, stained or damaged)
164. Two Master Keys (Replace if missing or damaged)
166. Valet Key (Replace if missing or damaged)
167. Navigation CD (Replace if missing or damaged)
168. RES Remote Control (Replace if missing or damaged)
169. RES Headphones (s) (Replace if missing or damaged)

170. Idle Vibration (Cold and Hot)
171. Engine Noise (Cold/hot/ high and low speeds)
172. Acceleration (Power)
173. Drivability (Smoothness)
174. MT Clutch (Smoothness, effort and slippage)
175. Transaxle Noise (Cold and hot)
176. Suspension Noise (Performance, frequency and intensity)
177. CV Joint/ Drive Axle Noise (Full lock, turn left / right)
178. Braking System (Noise, vibration and effort)
179. Cruise Control System (Engage, cancel and resume)
180. Tire / Wheel / Steering (Abnormal vibration and stiffness)
181. Vehicle Drift / Pull (Abnormal drift / pull - drive straight)
182. Wind Noise (Abnormal noise - frequency and intensity)