The moment you drive a BMW off the dealer’s lot, you might think you’re now in proud possession of a certified pre-owned BMW. On one level you would be correct in that assumption; at least as far as the pre-owner bit was concerned. When it comes to being certified, you’ll need to get official permission from BMW to carry that badge of honor. So, exactly what does it take to be called a certified pre-owned BMW?

First of all, you need to be a late-model vehicle that has been on the road for at least six months or has more than 6,000 miles but less than 60,000 miles clocked on the odometer. 5,999 or 60,001 won’t cut it. Then comes the rigorous inspection. And when BMW says “rigorous” they mean rigorous. Factory trained technicians will put you BMW through the proverbial ringer inspecting for safety, performance and wear. If the BMW technicians find something wrong, then they set out to fix the problem. If that problem can’t be fixed, then you can kiss your certification good-bye! You can check out the checklist for yourself to see how you might measure up.

When it comes to warranty programs, one offered for a Certified Pre-Owned BMW protects you “against defects in materials or workmanship for a wide range of vehicle components.” This warranty is brought to you by BMW of North America. That means that any necessary repairs or replacement parts will be officially sanctioned by BMW. What’s great about that is you won’t have to be idling for a decision. If the issue is covered by BMW, then BMW will fix it right away.

With the Certified Pre-Owned BMW Limited Warranty program, you’re going to be getting plenty of coverage. Keep in mind that this isn’t an automatic extension of everything you got under the original warranty. But you’ll still be taken care of with the high standards of BMW.