Certified used-vehicle programs are a boon to manufacturers and their dealers.
Some manufacturers are reporting significant increases in certified sales numbers. And for the first time, General Motors is the certified used-vehicle sales leader, topping perennial champ Toyota Division through the first four months of this year.
Through April, GM sold 84,967 certified used vehicles, compared with Toyota's 78,896.
GM sold 26,229 certified used vehicles in April, compared with 19,599 for Toyota Division.
BMW, last year's luxury certified sales leader, still leads that segment. It reported certified sales through April of 17,768, up 41.9 percent from the year-ago period.
Lexus' year-to-date sales were up 44.6 percent to 14,053, and Mercedes-Benz sales through April totaled 14,312, up 24.4 percent from the year-ago period.
Some automakers just began reporting monthly certified used-vehicle sales, so year-to-date comparisons with 2001 are not available for all makes.
For the first time since it started its program in October, the Chrysler group released numbers. The company reported 5,805 sales in April. The company declined to give year-to-date figures but said it expects to sell 85,000 certified used vehicles this year.
Mike Dennis, Ford Division's manager of used-vehicle certification, said his company's certified program is on track to reach its 2002 sales target of 100,000 units.
Ford Division sold 26,141 certified vehicles through April. Ford's sister division, Lincoln Mercury, reports only quarterly.