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At Thrifty Car Sales, we're choosy about the vehicles we offer, just as our customers are about the vehicles they purchase. That's why every Thrifty Certified® vehicle must pass a thorough and precise inspection before it can fly the Thrifty Certified® flag. And if a vehicle flies the Thrifty Certified® flag, then our customers can breathe easy: it's backed by either the balance of the factory warranty or a Thrifty Certified® limited warranty (see dealer for details).

From the odometer to engine block, our Thrifty Certified® inspection ensures both our dealers and our customers of vehicle quality. Here's what it takes to be a Thrifty Certified® vehicle:

Initial Inspection:

  1. Odometer reading is provided by the general condition of the vehicle.
  2. Lube sticker or maintenance logs support mileage.
  3. Oil and oil filter changed prior to sale.

Under The Hood:

  1. Engine* block, cylinder heads, intake and exhaust manifolds checked for cracks and adjusted.
  2. Vehicle checked for leaks, including power steering, and pertinent corrections made.
  3. Automatic transmission fluid* is at the prescribed level and is not contaminated or discolored.
  4. Coolant is at the assigned level and is not contaminated.
  5. Cooling system has been pressure tested to check for and correct any leaks.
  6. Cooling fan has been tested for proper operation and corrected.
  7. Power steering pump reservoir and gear box are at the prescribed fluid level. Steering system is not making noise.
  8. Brake master cylinder is at the prescribed fluid level and shows no evidence of leaks.
  9. Battery is charged and cables are corrosion-free and properly secured.
  10. Air cleaner is clean.

Under Vehicle:

  1. Visually inspect under vehicle.
  2. Transmission case is free of cracks and leaks.
  3. Standard transmission fluid* is at the prescribed level (also transfer case on 4x4s) and shows no evidence of leaks.
  4. CV boots are free from cracks or deterioration.
  5. Struts are not leaking or weak.
  6. Brake wear has been inspected (front, visual - rear, pull both) and brake pads or brake shoes have been replaced if thickness is less than 3mm.
  7. Suspension systems (i.e., ball joints, tie rods) have been checked for wear and looseness and any loose parts have been replaced.
  8. Rear differential fluid is at the prescribed level (also front axle on 4x4s) and housing is not leaking.

Road Test to Ensure Mechanical Soundness:

  1. Engine* is operating correctly and shows no obvious signs of problems (i.e., excessive smoking, poor performance, rough idle, etc.).
  2. Engine oil pressure and operating temperatures are within normal hot/cold range levels.
  3. Automatic transmission* is shifting smoothly and quietly.
  4. Standard transmission* is shifting properly and quietly (also transfer case on 4x4s).
  5. Vibration in the driveline, if any, has been corrected.
  6. All manual switches (e.g., power window, heating fan, windshield wiper, door locks, etc.) have been inspected for proper operation. Audio system is fully operational. All gauges work and display properly.
  7. Air conditioning has been inspected for proper operation and any Freon leaks corrected.
  8. Steering has been checked for proper operation.
  9. Brakes and calipers have been checked for proper operation and leaks. Pads and linings, if worn, have been replaced.
  10. Parking brake has been checked for proper operation.
  11. Conditions causing unusual noises in the engine, transmission and/or drive axle have been corrected.
  12. All emission system parts are functional and meet required standards.
  13. CV joints exhibit no abnormal noise on hard left or right turns.

Thrifty Car Sales also offers and exceptional Extended Service Contract program, including our own Thrifty Care® program that can help you protected your investment for up to 6 years or 100,000 miles.

*Engine, transmission and drive axle must be the same as Original Equipment specified for the vehicle (i.e., no modifications) and meet all applicable Federal Regulations to be eligible for Thrifty Certified® coverage.