Kia’s Approved Used Car Scheme has been recognised as the best in the industry having been crowned Used Car Scheme of the Year in the Auto Express Used Car Awards 2011 which were announced today.
Auto Express praised Kia for going above and beyond normal approved used programmes with a number of customer benefits including its industry-leading seven year warranty that is fully transferable to subsequent owners.
Approved Used Kias don’t just get the balance of their manufacturer warranty. Instead, the warranty is topped back up to the full seven years meaning that an Approved Used Kia gets the same warranty as a brand new Kia.
It wasn’t just the warranty that impressed them though. Explaining their decision, Auto Express commented: “Plus, you get 60 days or 1,000 miles in which to change your mind. Add to this two years of breakdown cover, seven days’ free drive-away insurance and a useful online car locator, and you have a cracking approved scheme.”
Commenting on the award, John Hargreaves, Head of Vehicle Remarketing, Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: “When we launched our Approved Used Car Scheme we set out to ensure it really did represent the best possible deal for customers so we’re obviously very proud that this been recognised by Auto Express with this award.
“Resetting our pioneering seven year warranty back to new when you buy an Approved Used Kia really differentiates us from other schemes – it means that a Kia could be under warranty for some eight and a half years in total. We believe this shows that our high level of confidence in the product isn’t just limited to when a car is new.
“The strength of our Approved Used Car Scheme is also a key factor in the strong residual values we’re achieving across our range” added Hargreaves.
Vehicles sold under Kia’s Approved Used Car Scheme are up to 18 months old, with up to 18,000 miles, and come with the following benefits:
* Warranty restored to new – seven years or 100,000 miles.
* 2 years European-wide Roadside Assistance
* 7 day drive-away insurance
* 60 day / 1,000 mile customer exchange programme
* 88-point vehicle inspection
* Service history to manufacturer requirements
* Provenance and mileage verification check