What is the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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If you’re wondering what the difference is between CPO vs. used vehicles, you’re not alone. While CPO vehicles are technically also used cars, there are a few differences between the two types. Learn the basics of used and certified pre-owned cars with Allen Samuels Auto Group, so you can find the vehicle that best matches your driving needs and budget.

The Basics of Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners. They vary in terms of the model year, mileage, and the number of previous owners. Because they have a few miles on the odometer, you can drive one for much less than the cost of a new car or even a CPO model. We even have an outstanding array of used cars under $12,000 for budget-conscious drivers. What’s even better? You don’t have to worry about the steep depreciation associated with brand new cars.

While a car with 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, the truth is that some vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles when the previous owner has kept up with all of the necessary maintenance tasks. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Before you decide on a used car, take it for a test drive and have the vehicle inspected.
  • Address any safety issues with the vehicle before making a purchase.
  • You may even be able to drive a well-maintained car for over 200,000 miles.

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The Benefits of Buying a CPO Car

To be designated as a certified pre-owned vehicle, a car must meet certain qualifications established by the manufacturer:

  • The model year is generally within five years of the current model year
  • Generally, less than 80,000 miles, but sometimes up to 100,000 miles
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

CPO cars are usually a bit more pricey than standard used cars because they are new, have less mileage, and come with a warranty. However, they are much more affordable than brand new cars, but offer some of the same benefits. If you are searching for a used car in pristine condition, you will likely want to consider a CPO car.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Allen Samuels Auto Group

Now that we’ve answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, it’s time to explore our CPO and used vehicle for sale. Stop by Allen Samuels Auto Group today to set up a test drive. Contact us today with any questions.

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