Is a Toyota Certified Warranty Transferable? (Coverage, New Owner)

Toyota Certified Warranty Transferable

Do you know if Toyota certified warranty is transferable? this is one of the questions our readers ask a lot. Well, we´ve got you covered.

If there’s one thing that can be said about Toyotas, it’s that they have one of the most incredible reliability records that you can find. Toyotas are consistently ranked amongst the best, on a yearly basis, in terms of vehicle reliability and nothing looks to change that anytime soon. 

When it comes to certified warranties for used Toyota vehicles, that reliability factor is bolstered by the fact that the warranty is transferable to a new owner and included most of which came with the warranty, to begin with. 

Toyota’s original, the standard warranty probably isn’t going to be listed among the best on the planet, but its high-reliability rating improves the standard, industry-wide approach that Toyota uses for its warranties.

The Certified Pre-Owned warranty that comes with some used Toyotas, is better, in some aspects, than the original. 

What is the Toyota Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Warranty?

The CPO warranty that comes with some of Toyota’s used vehicle stock is essentially an extension of the original warranty and there are several aspects of a vehicle that must be in order for Toyota to qualify the vehicle as such and offer a CPO warranty. 

  • The vehicle must have 85,000 miles on it or fewer
  • It has to include a Carfax history report on it
  • It has to go through a 160-point inspection by a Toyota certified technician
  • It has to be a current model year

If all of those things are in the green, then a Toyota vehicle gets a CPO slapped on it and a new customer looking for a used Toyota will get an extended warranty with it.

If that new customer then turns around and sells that Toyota, then the next owner will get what’s left of the warranty.

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What Does the Toyota CPO Warranty Cover?

You essentially get all of what the original warranty covered, since this is an extension, after all, and to list all of the minor parts, major parts, and accessories would take up quite a bit of paperwork.

Suffice it to say, it covers quite a bit. 

  • Roadside Assistance for a period of one year
  • The fuel cell is covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • The limited powertrain warranty lasts 7 years or 100,000 miles
  • The comprehensive warranty is 12 months or 12,000 miles
  • For factory hybrid vehicle batteries, you’re covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles

As is true with most warranties, the mileage and the time are separate and the warranty ends once you reach the end of either.

If you have 8 years and 100,000 miles but manage to cover 100,000 miles in 6 years, the warranty ends there. 

With the limited powertrain warranty and the comprehensive warranty, you get coverage for the engine, transmission, axle, oil reservoir, gears, shafts, crankshaft pulley, seals, gaskets, solenoids, and camshaft. 

That means that all of those items are covered in terms of defects or faults from the original manufacturing process.

Outside of that, you are responsible for any damage or neglect that you cause, some of which may void the warranty entirely. 


Toyota is not going to cover anything that you are at fault for. For instance, accidents and collisions, even if you are not the one that is responsible for them, are not covered under warranty.

Those things are usually covered by your insurance, rather than a warranty anyhow. 

Any kind of add-ons or modifications that you conduct on the vehicle, especially if it pertains to the powertrain system, will most likely void the warranty.

Also, fires, theft, neglect, misuse, hail damage, and most acts or natural consequences such as those will not be covered under warranty either. 

How to Transfer a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty

Since the CPO offered by Toyota on select cars is not the same thing as purchasing an extended warranty, you will have to contact Toyota or the dealership from which you purchased the vehicle if you want to transfer the CPO warranty when you sell the vehicle. 

Your best bet is to just contact the dealership directly. Toyota will have you come down and fill out some paperwork to initiate and later complete the transfer.

It will be done by mail since the dealership or you will be responsible for sending it off.

You can expect to wait a minimum of one month for the paperwork to arrive, get processed, and the transfer both accepted and completed.

Since warranties offered by Toyota are linked to the VIN on the vehicle, there is nothing else that you or the new owner has to do after the transfer has been accepted and completed. 

How to File a Warranty Claim with Toyota

The new owner of a used, CPO Toyota may need to know how to file a claim in the first place, and, fortunately, it’s a relatively easy process.

Toyota prefers to get everything taken care of over the phone prior to scheduling any repairs at your local Toyota dealership. 

Contact Toyota at 1-800-228-8559 to get the process started. You will want to speak to a customer service representative, which Toyota terms, “Customer Care Agents,” and let that person know that you want to make a warranty claim. 

You will have to give them detailed information on what the problem is, if at all possible. If you’re not a mechanic, it’s understandable that you may not know the entirety of the situation.

Keeping your warranty paperwork in a safe place will come in handy here because you are going to have to relay that information to them over the phone. 

They will give you an appointment time at the most convenient Toyota location (most likely the dealership), and you will be able to take your Toyota in at that time and date. 

All Things Considered

Toyota’s Certified Pre-Owned warranty is definitely transferable from the first used Toyota owner to the second, so long as there are still some aspects left to the warranty.

The overall warranty coverage doesn’t alter with the transfer either, so the sooner you buy it from the current owner, the better.



Jeff is an automotive technician, technical writer, and Managing Editor. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in cars like the Buick Reatta. Jeff has been creating written and video content about transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used for more than 18 years. Jeff is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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