You may be wondering what makes a certified pre-owned vehicle different from a typical used car. At Steve Landers Kia, our Kia Certified Pre-Owned vehicles have to pass a 164-point inspection to qualify. The certification is more than just a title, too. It guarantees quality, reliability and longevity. Read on to learn more about the checks we make and the services and benefits you receive when you choose a Kia Certified Pre-Owned vehicle! If you're looking for used cars in Little Rock, Arkansas, read on to learn more about the crucial differences between used vehicles and certified pre-owned. 


Before we perform any road or electrical tests on a vehicle, we first run a vehicle history report, check for any outstanding recalls and ensure the owner's manual is specific to the make and model of the vehicle. Then, our qualified technicians perform 161 more tests and checks including:

  • Initial inspection: The initial inspection checks the engine’s performance from idle and at normal operating temperature, along with the windshield wipers, the radio and horn, all switches, the A/C, heater and defroster, lights and the parking brake and brakes. A thorough inspection of the body and trim is also performed and any pieces in need of replacement noted.

  • Test Drive: Through the test drive, Kia-trained technicians check the function of the transmission, suspension components, shocks/struts and brakes.

  • Under Vehicle: Our Kia-trained technicians check the engine, transmission, muffler, tailpipe, frame, undercarriage, wheels, tires, brakes, caliper, master cylinder and engine operation.

  • Under Hood: The following components under the hood are inspected:  the emission system, seals, gaskets, belts, vacuum lines and filters of the engine, the water pump, hoses and clamps of the cooling system, the air conditioning system including the compressor, clutch, belts and hoses, the power steering pump and belt, the battery including the starter, battery and alternator. After that, all fluids including the engine oil, power steering, coolant and transmission fluids are checked and replaced if needed.

Scroll to the end of the blog to see the inspection form our technicians use to qualify a Kia Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle.

Your Kia Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with many benefits not included in the purchase of a typical used car. In addition to the164-point inspection, Kia Certified Pre-Owned vehicles from Steve Landers Kia come with a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance and our new DriverPlus+® 24-Month/20,000-Mile Complimentary Maintenance Plan


Are you ready to purchase your own Kia Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle? We’re ready to help you out! Browse our inventory and make an appointment for a video-chat walkthrough. Right now, we are also offering remote test-drives in which we bring the vehicle to you. We’d be happy to make special accommodations so you can get the Kia of your dreams despite these trying times! Don’t hesitate to reach out–we’re here for you! 


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