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

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What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Excellent question. Like you, many Shiprock drivers ask the same question. At Advantage Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep FIAT, we are happy to explain the vital distinctions between the two. We compare CPO vs. Used so you can make a confident car-buying decision. Contact us for more information.

Used Car Buying: What You Need to Know

Used care means they have had previous owners. They can vary in make, model, year, mileage, and more. Due to their variations, they tend to be more affordable than CPO vehicles. Our dealership offers under $10K used models for those budget-friendly drivers in Bloomfield.

Milage plays a vital role in the used car arena. In the past, a 100,000 miles car may be a risk not worthy of taking. However, many vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with the proper (documented) maintenance. If you are searching for a new used car, here are some things to consider:

  • OEMs do not require standard used cars for inspection to sell. With that said, Advantage Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep FIAT in Farmington makes sure that our customers get the highest dollar value. We hand select our used cars, trucks, and SUVs, so you get only the very best used car selection. 
  • Private sellers are not as knowledgeable as a dealership, nor do they have a reputation history of an experienced dealership.
  • Use caution during a private used car sale.
  • Discuss vehicle issues you notice right away with either the private seller or dealership. Factor repairs into the price negotiation or budget to have them fixed.
  • Many well-maintained vehicles can last upwards of 200,000 miles.
  • If you have a strict car budget, a high-mileage car is not the best option.

Buying a CPO Car: What You Need to Know

Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are not your standard used car although, they too have had previous owners. Instead, CPO cars are thoroughly inspected and backed by manufacturer warranties. The CPO must pass meticulous inspection by a certified technician. In other words, a CPO vehicle is the gold standard of previously owned vehicles that are new to you. For a CPO to meet the OEM’s CPO program standards, they need to include the following:

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

It may be no surprise to Aztec drivers that Certified used cars are typically newer models with low mileage. With that said, they are more expensive than a used car but less expensive than a new car. 

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Advantage Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep FIAT

We hope we answered, What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? If you are looking for a used car or CPO car, we can help match you with the perfect vehicle for you. 

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