Jeep Wrangler certified pre-owned warranty

Low on warranty and benefits – but also low on cost

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If you read our feature on Jeep’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program, you’ll know that all CPO Jeeps come with a three-month/3,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

We determined that CPO might be worth paying for if the dealer only charges around $500 to $1,000 extra over the pre-owned price.

But what about the Wrangler specifically?

Well, paying extra for a certified Wrangler will heavily depend on two factors: expected reliability and the average dealer surcharge for buying CPO. In many cases, dealers charge extra for CPO versions of popular models, and when you consider that the Wrangler has maintained cult status since 1941, that may very well be the case here.

So to find out whether buying a CPO Wrangler is worth it, let’s look at reliability, the cost of buying CPO and whether buying a non-certified Wrangler with an extended warranty might be the better deal.


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The CPO warranty on a Wrangler is three months/3,000 miles of additional bumper-to-bumper coverage (measured from the date of purchase or the date your factory warranty expires) and seven years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage (measured from new).

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Based on an analysis of over 12,000 listings on Edmunds.com, the average CPO Jeep Wrangler costs $807 more than a pre-owned Wrangler of similar age and miles – a difference of just 2%, which is well under the industry average of 6%.

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Considering that 2019 through 2023 Jeep Wranglers have known reliability issues, especially with the powertrain, paying about $800 extra for CPO is probably worth it.

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You can also purchase a separate extended warranty from Mopar, which will cost you more upfront (about $1,625 for a three-year plan) but will provide more value in the long run.

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How long is the CPO warranty on a Jeep Wrangler?

Let’s start by recapping everything you get with a certified pre-owned Wrangler

For context, all CPO vehicles within the Stellantis family of brands (FIAT, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Alfa Romeo) come with the same CPO warranty:

  • Three months/3,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, measured from the date you purchase the vehicle or the date its original factory warranty expires (whichever comes first).
  • Seven years/100,000 miles of powertrain coverage, measured from the date the vehicle was first sold to its original owner.

For context, all Jeep vehicles come with the following factory warranty:

  • Three years/36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage
  • Five years/60,000 miles of powertrain coverage

So in effect, if you buy a CPO Wrangler, you’ll get three months/3,000 miles of additional bumper-to-bumper coverage and two years/40,000 miles of additional years of powertrain coverage on top of however much factory warranty is left on the car.

CPO Jeeps also come with the following:

  • A 125-point quality inspection by a trained Jeep technician
  • 24/7 roadside assistance, including flat tire services, gas delivery, battery jumps, lockout services and towing (up to $100 per occurrence)
  • A discount of up to 30% on a Mopar Vehicle Protection Plan (Jeep’s official extended warranty)

However, they lack any other benefits traditionally associated with CPO programs, such as rental car assistance or trip expense reimbursement (which helps cover food and lodging if you break down over 100 miles from home).

As a complete package, we wouldn’t call Stellantis’ CPO program very robust. The warranty is short, the benefits are weak, and 125 points of inspection is actually one of the shortest we’ve seen (the average tends to hover around 160).

That all being said, even a smaller-scale CPO package could be worth paying for if the price is right. So what are Jeep dealers charging for CPO Wranglers these days?

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How much does a certified pre-owned Jeep Wrangler cost?

We found 10,356 non-certified pre-owned Wranglers nationwide with an average asking price of $39,068 and 1,190 CPO Wranglers with an average price of $39,875. That marks a difference of just $807 or 2% over the cost of pre-owned.

To find this out, ConsumerAffairs visited Edmunds.com to compare the cost of buying a CPO Wrangler versus a regular pre-owned version with similar age and miles. We also filtered out costly special editions that might skew our results, as well as any vehicle with major issues or accidents reported.

To put that number into context, the average CPO surcharge was around 6% in May 2024. So compared to the rest of the market, Jeep dealers are being relatively modest in their CPO asking prices.

But at the same time, we also established that Jeep’s CPO package is pretty skimpy to begin with. So is it really worth paying $807 extra for a CPO Wrangler versus a regular pre-owned one?

Is a CPO Jeep Wrangler worth it?

In a broad sense, it’s more likely to be worth paying extra for CPO if:

  • The vehicle you’re considering has a below-average reputation for reliability.
  • The cost of buying CPO versus pre-owned isn’t much higher than average (6%).
  • The CPO warranty and benefits justify paying the extra cost.

$807 isn’t bad for three months of bumper-to-bumper protection plus two years of powertrain protection – but let’s see if Jeep Wranglers even need extra warranty protection in the first place.

“The Wrangler is one of the more reliable Jeeps on account of its raw simplicity,” a local Jeep dealer told us. “Wranglers have fewer parts than Grand Cherokees, for example, and simple design means fewer issues.”

But as much as we love Jeeps, “fewer” doesn’t necessarily mean “few.” In J.D. Power’s latest Vehicle Dependability Study, Jeep ranked 10th out of 30 brands overall, tied with Dodge and BMW. According to the data, Jeep vehicles suffered an average of 190 problems per 100 vehicles after three years of ownership, which was also the study average across brands.

Consumer Reports, which looks at a wider variety of model years, put Jeep in 26th place out of 30 and gave the Wrangler a dismal reliability score of 27 out of 100. The Compass fared better at 45 out of 100, while the Grand Cherokee L scored the lowest at 23.

The outlet also found that Wranglers from model years 2020, 2021 and 2022 tend to have more powertrain issues, which certainly places extra value on getting longer powertrain coverage with CPO.

All things considered, it’s probably worth buying a CPO Wrangler. Jeep dealers aren’t charging that much extra for CPO these days (around $800), and when you consider that it comes with an inspection, two extra years of powertrain coverage and a pinch of additional bumper-to-bumper protection, it’s not a bad deal.

Even still, once you find a CPO Wrangler that you like, you don’t have to accept the first price you see. Try applying step eight of our used car buying guide to negotiate a lower price via email without the need to haggle.

Before we wrap up, let’s compare the cost of buying a CPO Wrangler to the cost of a separate extended warranty.

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    CPO vs. extended warranties for Wranglers

    In our full breakdown of Jeep's extended warranty, we found that the cost to purchase a separate extended warranty for a 2020 Jeep Wrangler was around $500 to $600 per year of additional bumper-to-bumper coverage. That was for the official Jeep extended warranty, sold by a branch of Stellantis called Mopar.

    We also found an online vendor of these plans called Zeigler Auto Group, who consistently quoted us 40% less than our local dealers for the same exact coverage (the $500 to $600 estimate already includes the 40% lower rate).

    The caveat to these warranties is the $200 deductible applied to each repair. By contrast, the CPO coverage charges no deductible. You can always lower your extended warranty deductible to $100 or even zero dollars, but the cost goes up by roughly 5% or 10%, respectively.

    Compared to the cost of buying CPO, purchasing a pre-owned Wrangler with a separate extended warranty will probably cost you more upfront (around $1,625 for the warranty and $200 for the pre-purchase inspection) but may provide more value and peace of mind in the long run. After all, with CPO your bumper-to-bumper coverage expires after just three months, compared to three years with a bonafide extended warranty.

    However, this is one case where purchasing both a CPO vehicle and an extended warranty might make the most sense.

    If you recall from above, one of the benefits of buying a CPO Jeep is that you’ll get a discount of up to 30% on a Mopar Vehicle Protection Plan. On the $1,625 plan listed above, the discount alone would save you about $488, which is more than half the cost of CPO.

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    Article sources
    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
    1. Edmunds, “Used Jeep Wrangler for Sale Near Me.” Accessed May 7, 2024.
    2. J.D. Power, “Vehicle Dependability Slumps as Rate of Deterioration Increases, J.D. Power Finds.” Accessed May 7, 2024.
    3. Consumer Reports, “Who Makes the Most Reliable New Cars?” Accessed May 7, 2024.
    4. Consumer Reports, “Jeep Wrangler.” Accessed May 7, 2024.
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