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Compare Certified Used Accord vs. Certified Used Sonata

If you’re looking for a quality certified used midsized sedan, two of the most popular options on the market at the current time are the Honda Accord and the Hyundai Sonata. Each of these pre-owned models is backed by the factory in various ways when you opt to go with their respective certified programs. Certified used has become a very popular option in recent years and it’s easy to see why.

A certified pre-owned vehicle offers practically every benefit of buying a new model with significant cost savings. As noted above, they also come with factory-backed benefits including warranty, roadside assistance, and quality inspection.

So, now that you know you’re making a great choice opting for certified pre-owned, the question of which vehicle is the better overall value is probably coming up. Is it the Honda Accord or the Hyundai Sonata?

Well, we’ve taken the time to do some comparison work for you to give you a better idea of which one to choose. Read on below to find out what happens when a certified pre-owned Honda Accord and a certified pre-owned Hyundai Sonata go head to head.

Certified Accord vs. Certified Sonata: Warranty Comparison

When you go with either a certified Accord or Sonata, you’re going to get a factory-backed warranty to offer you peace of mind. Unfortunately, when compared head to head, the warranties aren’t equal to each other.

With a certified pre-owned Honda Accord, you’ll enjoy the confidence and security of a 12-month/12,000-mile Certified Limited Warranty and 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. On the other side, a certified pre-owned Hyundai Sonata comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Here’s the catch:

The Hyundai warranty is calculated from the original in-service date of the vehicle. That means the previous owner of the certified pre-owned Hyundai Sonata you purchase may have already burned a significant portion of the warranty on the certified Sonata you now own.

But wait – there’s more:

If you happen to need to have something repaired that’s covered under the Sonata’s warranty, you’re going to pay a $50 deductible per repair. The deductible cost for warranty repair work with a Certified Accord? Zero. That’s right. You won’t pay one penny out of your pocket.

Certified Accord vs. Certified Sonata: Inspection Comparison

One of the other benefits to purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle from a manufacturer is that each vehicle must pass a rigorous inspection in order to receive the factory stamp of approval in the certification process. This is the case with both a certified Honda Accord and a certified Hyundai Sonata.

Where the two differ, however, is in the details. Here’s the deal:

Every Certified Pre-Owned Honda Accord must undergo a 182-point inspection. The Sonata? It only has to undergo a 150-point inspection. That’s a big difference. Do you really want to go with a vehicle that shorts you on 32 key inspection points that could indicate possible quality and reliability issues?

Certified Accord vs. Certified Sonata: Resale Value Comparison

This category applies to each of the vehicles in general rather than solely certified pre-owned models, but is important to consider anyway. Resale value is always something to consider when purchasing any vehicle whether it’s new or certified used. After all, you may end up wanting to get into another vehicle or sell it for other reasons.

Without a doubt, a certified pre-owned Honda Accord is going to offer better resale value than a certified Sonata when comparing similar model years/mileage. In fact, Accord has been awarded countless honors for its high resale value over the years from trusted automotive resources like Kelley Blue Book.

Certified Accord vs. Certified Sonata: The Choice Is Clear

If it isn’t already obvious by now, we’re recommending a certified pre-owned Honda Accord over a certified pre-owned Hyundai Sonata. Sure, it’s easy to assume we’re biased due to our status as a Honda franchised dealership, but here are two factors to consider:

  1. The facts back up our position that a certified Accord is a superior choice to a certified Sonata.
  2. We see many different types of trades at our dealership, and have decades of knowledge on competitive makes like Hyundai.

We’re confident in our position and would be happy to explain in more detail what makes a certified pre-owned Accord such a great buy. Just contact us online or visit our dealership in person at 5515 14th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34207.