What is the Difference Between Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned?

Pre-Owned Vehicles

When shoppers visit our dealership near Bartow, they often ask, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? The main difference between used vs. CPO, is that a Certified Pre-Owned car will have gone through a rigorous Certified Pre-Owned Program. These usually include detailed inspections, as well as meeting model year and mileage criteria. Learn the difference before making the short drive from Winter Haven to visit one of our auto stores for a test drive.

Why Choose a Used Vehicle?

A used vehicle means that the car was previously driven by another owner. Used cars vary in terms of the model year, how many previous owners there were, and the mileage. This is why used vehicles cost less than brand new and certified pre-owned vehicles. You also won’t have to worry about depreciation like you would with a new vehicle.

While many drivers believe that cars that have more than 100,000 miles are a huge risk, that’s not always the case since there are vehicles that can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with routine maintenance and proper care. Keep these things in mind when shopping for a used vehicle:

  • Have any vehicle you’re interested in thoroughly inspected, and take it for a test drive.
  • Mention any issues with the vehicle performance or condition to ensure it’s safe to drive on the roads.
  • With proper care and routine maintenance, some vehicles can last more than 200,000 miles.

Why Choose a CPO Vehicle?

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of a strict CPO program where the vehicle has to pass rigorous requirements:

  • The model year is within five years of the current model year.
  • Generally, the vehicles have less than 80,000 miles, but sometimes up to 100,000 miles.
  • A multi-point inspection performed by factory-trained technicians.
  • They’re offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties.

Most certified pre-owned vehicles are newer models with less mileage, but cost more than used vehicles. However, they are still more affordable than purchasing a new vehicle. If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers best-in-class technology and premium amenities to enhance your drives around Auburndale and Orlando, consider getting behind the driver’s seat of a quality certified pre-owned vehicle.

Compare CPO vs. Used at Kelley Automotive Group!

Now that you understand what separates used from Certified Pre-Owned, it’s time to visit our Lakeland dealership to explore our large inventory of used and certified pre-owned vehicles. We even offer fantastic used vehicle specials. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or when you’re ready to schedule your test drive.

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