Land Rover certified pre-owned warranty

It’s probably not worth the extra cost

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Land Rover has a legendary reputation for building vehicles that are somehow both rugged and lavish at the same time. No other SUV can claim to have conquered the First Overland Expedition from London to Singapore and also escorted Queen Elizabeth II to afternoon tea.

One thing Land Rover doesn’t have a reputation for, however, is build quality: Land Rovers are often considered unreliable and expensive to own. So, if you’re set on purchasing a Range Rover, Defender or Discovery, it seemingly makes sense to prioritize getting one of the good ones and making sure it has a lengthy warranty.

Is that enough to make buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) Land Rover a good option? What do CPO Land Rovers include? How much more are dealers charging for CPO status? And is it worth the price?

Read on to find out.

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CPO Land Rovers include a one-year/unlimited-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which starts on the day of purchase or whenever your car’s original warranty runs out, whichever comes first.

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CPO Land Rovers tend to cost around 14% more than their pre-owned equivalents. That’s about $12,500 extra on average, and that’s probably too much to make financial sense.

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You might be better off getting a pre-purchase inspection on a used Land Rover and then purchasing a Land Rover extended warranty.

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Alternatively, CPO Lexus, Lincoln, Porsche and Acura vehicles all have smaller upcharges and include two-year CPO warranties.

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Land Rover’s certified pre-owned program explained

Every automaker has its own CPO program with its own standards, requirements and warranty, and Land Rover is no exception.

CPO vehicles are high-quality used cars that have passed inspection and include an added warranty. They’re popular among car shoppers since they’re generally higher quality than your average used car but much cheaper than a brand-new one.

To qualify as certified pre-owned, a used Land Rover must pass a 165-point quality inspection that’s designed by Land Rover and executed by your dealership. The vehicle must also be under 5 model years old (e.g., a 2019 or newer in 2024) and have fewer than 60,000 miles on its odometer.

All CPO Land Rovers also come with a one-year/unlimited-mile warranty, which begins on the day you buy the vehicle or the day your four-year/50,000-mile factory warranty expires, whichever comes first.

(Land Rover technically states that its CPO vehicles come with a one-year/unlimited-mile warranty or a two-year/100,000-mile warranty. However, the upgrade to a two-year CPO warranty isn’t free with the purchase of your vehicle. “That’s an optional extra,” a Land Rover dealer in Texas told us. “I’d say the cost to add that extra year starts at around $1,500 for a CPO Discovery Sport.”)

Finally, you’ll get a handful of helpful secondary benefits with your CPO Land Rover, including 24/7 roadside assistance, trip interruption coverage and more, which we’ll cover in detail later.

For now, let’s focus on the most valuable part of buying certified pre-owned: the warranty.

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How good is Land Rover’s CPO warranty?

Land Rover’s CPO warranty is slightly better than average.

The industry-standard CPO warranty is about one year/12,000 miles, so Land Rover including one year of coverage with no mileage cap is a nice little upgrade. It also means that you don’t have to worry about your warranty expiring early if you have a long commute or a road trip coming up.

Land Rover’s CPO warranty also provides true bumper-to-bumper coverage, meaning virtually every part of the car is covered except wear-and-tear components (like brake pads and wiper blades). Not all CPO warranties offer this coverage; Audi and Mercedes-Benz are two noteworthy exceptions.

How does Land Rover’s CPO warranty compare?

If Land Rover’s CPO warranty is average for the industry, how does it stack up to its closest competitors?

As we just mentioned, Land Rover’s CPO warranty is, in our opinion, better than Audi or Mercedes’ because it offers true bumper-to-bumper coverage — which you’ll probably want to have since these vehicles aren’t especially reliable or cheap to repair.

BMW, meanwhile, offers a CPO warranty identical to Land Rover’s. (And Tesla’s warranty term is close but without unlimited miles.)

Land Rover falls behind Porsche, Lexus, Acura and Lincoln — all of which include two extra years of bumper-to-bumper coverage. So, if you’re looking to maximize your time under warranty, you might want to consider a CPO SUV from one of those brands instead.

*Measured from when you bought the vehicle or the end of your factory bumper-to-bumper warranty; **Measured from when your vehicle was new

» MORE: Best CPO warranties

CPO Land Rover benefits

CPO Land Rovers also come with the following additional benefits, which last for the duration of the CPO warranty:

  • 24/7 roadside assistance, including flat-tire and dead-battery assistance, lockout services and towing to the nearest Land Rover dealer
  • Trip expense reimbursements, which cover “reasonable costs” for food, lodging and transportation if your Land Rover breaks down over 100 miles from home and warranty-covered repairs take longer than a day

These are average benefits for a CPO program, but it’s a little disappointing that Land Rover doesn’t guarantee access to a loaner vehicle. (Your dealer may still provide one if you ask, but it’s not a sure thing.)

Is a CPO Land Rover worth it?

CPO vehicles almost always cost more than their pre-owned equivalents, which raises a question: Are they actually worth paying extra for?

In general, it’s worth paying more for CPO status if the vehicle you’re considering has below-average reliability, the CPO warranty/benefits are solid and/or the price is right.

Since we’ve already covered the warranty and benefits, let’s look at how reliable Land Rovers are and what dealers are charging for CPO these days.

Are Land Rovers reliable?

Land Rovers are generally among the least reliable vehicles on the road.

In its 2024 Vehicle Dependability Study, J.D. Power ranked Land Rover 28th out of the 30 brands surveyed, just above Audi (No. 29) and Chrysler (No. 30). Reportedly, new Land Rovers experienced 268 problems per 100 vehicles after three years, which is pretty steep for a newer luxury SUV.

Warranty coverage is theoretically more valuable on an unreliable car because it’s more likely to be put to use.

Consumer Reports lacked sufficient data to compare Land Rover against the other brands in its 2023 rankings, but it did give each of the brand’s seven current models a Predicted Reliability score of 2 out of 5.

Finally, RepairPal ranked Land Rover 31st out of 32 brands in 2019, estimating predicted annual repair and maintenance costs of $1,606 (adjusted for inflation in 2024).

This all points to a simple conclusion: if you buy a Land Rover, you’ll want as much warranty protection as possible.

“The timing chain failed and it required a full engine replacement,” said a reviewer from California with a CPO Range Rover Sport. “After 6 months of games (including an invoice for $39,000 engine replacement), JLR replaced the engine.”

» MORE: Land Rover maintenance: cost, plans and service schedule

How much does a certified pre-owned Land Rover cost?

Based on what we’ve seen, certified pre-owned Land Rovers cost about $12,534 more than their noncertified equivalents on average. That’s roughly a 14% upcharge.

For a bit of context, a study by iSeeCars found that the industry-average price increase for CPO vehicles is only around 3.6% compared to regular used cars. That means a 14% upcharge is extremely high.

As of publishing, listings for CPO Land Rovers on Edmunds were about 14% higher than equivalent vehicles.

To come up with that number, we visited Edmunds’ online listings and saw that the 369 CPO Land Rovers for sale nationwide had an average cost of $100,525. In contrast, the average cost of an equivalent used Land Rover (2019-or-newer with under 60,000 miles) was just $87,991.

Consider this: You can hire an independent mechanic to inspect a vehicle before you buy for about $200. You can also purchase a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty for a Range Rover Velar for under $7,000. That’s not cheap, but it’s a better value than paying $10,000+ for a one-year CPO warranty.

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Do you need an extended warranty for your Land Rover?

Does that make buying an extended warranty for your Range Rover, Defender or Discovery a good idea?

Due to Land Rover’s poor reputation for build quality, your options from third-party extended warranty companies might be limited.

We did a full breakdown of Land Rover extended warranties where we found that, on average, each additional year of bumper-to-bumper coverage for a Land Rover costs around $2,000, which is more than you’re likely to spend on repairs in a given year.

If you’re able to negotiate a better deal on an extended warranty (or get your CPO Land Rover at a lower price), the extra warranty coverage will likely come in handy. However, if you’re really concerned about avoiding expensive repair bills, you might be better off buying a different vehicle.

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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. J.D. Power, “Vehicle Dependability Slumps as Rate of Deterioration Increases, J.D. Power Finds.” Accessed March 29, 2024.
  2. Consumer Reports, “Land Rover SUVs.” Accessed March 29, 2024.
  3. RepairPal, “Land Rover Repair and Maintenance Cost.” Accessed March 29, 2024.
  4. Edmunds, “Used Certified Pre-Owned Land Rover for Sale Near Me.” Accessed March 29, 2024.
  5. iSeeCars, “Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Cars: Are They Worth the Extra Cost?” Accessed March 29, 2024.
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