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

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When you’re shopping for pre-owned vehicles, you have most likely noticed there are some models labelled as certified pre-owned while others are not. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned you might be wondering? There are several differences that help Napoleon drivers determine which one they want. The team from Stykemain Buick GMC will break down what each type means and highlight main contrasting points in our CPO vs. used cars guide below! This makes it easy for you to not only find out which is right for you in terms of features but also budget.

What is a Used Car?

Used cars have been driven by at least one previous owner, and you can find a great selection that varies by make, model, mileage, age, etc. Due to the variety, used cars are priced lower than a brand-new car of the same model. There are some models that are under $10K, which is an incredible deal for wallet-conscious drivers in the Hicksville area! But what about CPO? 

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Car? 

If you’ve ever browsed a used selection, you have probably seen certified pre-owned vehicles (CPO). In broad terms, CPO cars are models that match certain requirements from their respective original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and you will often see CPO models in a dealership that sells that particular make. 

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

Now you know the main answer to, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” CPO vehicles meet more requirements than regular used vehicles, so you might want to know how this will affect your shopping decision. Here are selling points when it comes to certified pre-owned vs. used: 

CPO vs. Used: Price

While both used and CPO vehicles are cheaper than their new counterparts, CPO vehicles tend to cost more than used vehicles, mainly because they are of a recent model year and come with newer features along with other perks. 

CPO vs. Used: Variety

Some drivers love shopping a used selection as they don’t have a make in mind that they want. You will find plenty of variation in the used cars for sale at Stykemain Buick GMC, including our CPO inventory! This is uncommon for most dealerships of other makes, as they will only have CPO models from their make, which will limit the variety for car shoppers who want a CPO model specifically. However, we have CPO vehicles of several makes, so you can count on the variety at our Defiance dealership! 

CPO vs. Used: Safety

Used or certified pre-owned cars are inspected thoroughly before they are put up for sale, but CPO models are put through more severe tests to ensure more peace of mind. Plus, you’re not paying a higher price for nothing, you’ll also receive a warranty, roadside assistance coverage and more.

CPO vs. Used: Mileage

Many drivers always ask us what is good mileage for a used car, and there’s no easy answer. However, if you do prefer a low-mileage car, you’ll most likely find more options in our CPO selection rather than our used selection since CPO models are from more recent model years. That is not to say that you can’t find a low-mileage car that isn’t a CPO model. Plus, depending on what you are trying to get out of your new-to-you vehicle, your ideal mileage can vary significantly! 

Find Your Used or Certified Pre-owned Vehicle Today at Stykemain Buick GMC

Now that you know more about the difference between used and CPO models, you can own one for yourself before driving back to Bryan with the help of our finance department! Contact us today, and we’ll help you get started on the car buying process and get you behind the wheel in no time.

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