I bought a certified preowned car from AV Nissan that was never properly reconditioned or inspected. Apparently, Nissan has guidelines and standards for qualifying a car for their CPO program. However, some independent dealerships take advantage of buyer protection programs by issuing warranties without investing a dime in reconditioning, purely to increase profits and the price of the vehicle. Some states, like CA, also have "certified preowned" laws but there are dealers that think they're above vehicle codes and choose to take a gamble on the likeliness of a consumer fighting back if he/she were to become aware of the dealership's deceit. In my case, they should have passed on the sale because I will fight for justice and do not play the victim role well.
I trusted this dealership because I was referred by a friend and had just moved to the area. I needed a car quickly, and thought buying a "certified" Nissan was a safe call. My guard was down, and they seized the opportunity by taking full advantage of me. My story is quite unbelievable, as you would never expect a Nissan dealership to go to such lengths to make a sale. Please think twice and be skeptical if you're looking to buy a used vehicle, especially if you're considering AV Nissan. Certified preowned doesn't guarantee anything. The dealer can simply check boxes on the inspection form and send it to Nissan to have a policy issued, even if the car doesn't qualify for their CPO program due to its history or defects.
I wish my experience with AV Nissan hadn't been so incredibly negative. I hope my review will prevent someone from making a similar mistake. If buying certified preowned or used, be sure to have the car independently inspected by a qualified mechanic. Also closely review the certification checklist in advance of buying and ensure all aspects of the car actually match what's claimed on the CPO checklist. Any repairs to bring the car up to standard must be completed prior to the sale. Do not sign anything until everything stated on paper is reality. Make sure they provide you with all CPO paperwork and information, as shown on Nissan's site, at the time of purchase. This may seem like obvious advice to some, but I was naive about the certification process and financed a certified preowned car that had never gone through the certification process prior to my purchase and would have found this advice helpful. I foolishly trusted them.
In regard to AV Nissan, do an extensive Google search for complaints. Look for the 2.75 million dollar judgement against them for using after-market chrome on OEM wheels, and the horrible accident they caused by ignoring Nissan's guidelines on the dangers of using after-market chrome. When reading reviews, keep in mind, they ask customers and employees to post good reviews, so you will find plenty of those on the review sites that they target and monitor. Good reviews always follow a bad review.