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

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Interested in learning the difference between the CPO vs. used vehicles at our dealership? We can help. Technically, both categories fall under the “used” category, but there are a few important differences between used and certified pre-owned models that you’ll want to explore before choosing one to bring home. Learn more with our team at Quality Chevrolet today and feel free to contact us with any questions.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

First thing to know about used vehicles is that they have previously been driven by other owners. They tend to vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. Because of this, they are priced lower than new models and certified pre-owned models. If you’re on a budget and need a more affordable model, we also have an inventory of used cars under $10,000 for sale.

Many will tell you that you should avoid a high-mileage newer model, but sometimes this model is a better option than an older model with lower mileage. It all depends on how well the vehicle was maintained. Keep the following in mind when buying used:

  • Standard used vehicles are not required by the OEM to be inspected before being sold. Dealerships like Quality Chevrolet can be counted on to still inspect the vehicle for safety and quality, but you should approach private sales with greater caution. Any privately sold used vehicle you’re considering should be inspected by a trusted technician and taken for a test drive before making an offer.
  • Discuss any issues in terms of vehicle condition or performance that arise, to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive. If you plan to purchase it despite any problems, make sure you factor the cost of repairs into your budget.
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance, so a high-mileage used car could well be a good option if you’re on a tight budget.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

CPO vehicles are used models that have been thoroughly inspected by a factory-trained technician to ensure it meets all manufacturer qualifications. The inspection follows a strict list of points laid out by the manufacturer. If this model passes the inspection, it can be considered part of the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.

The requirements for the Chevrolet CPO program are as follows:

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

The main difference between certified used cars and used models? CPO cars are typically newer models with less mileage that come at a higher cost than used, but are still more affordable than a new car. Looking to buy used but still get the newer technology you want? Consider a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Quality Chevrolet

After learning what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned models, explore our online inventory. Our finance team can also help you save more with our rotating used vehicle specials. Contact us today to learn more! While you’re here, take a moment to explore our used trucks for sale!

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