Deciding What’s Right For You: Certified Pre-Owned vs. New

August 16th, 2018 by

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When it comes to purchasing a car, you can opt for a new vehicle, a used vehicle, or a certified pre-owned vehicle. If you’re debating between new and CPO, we’re breaking down the differences to help you choose. Generally, you’ll see certified pre-owned (CPO) cars are more recent models, with low mileage. These vehicles are well serviced and heavily inspected, which includes part replacement if necessary. Basically, CPO vehicles are like used cars, in condition analogous to a brand new vehicle. What type of things should you be aware of?

Keep these in mind:

  • Value and Price
  • Various Trim and Feature Selection
  • Technology
  • Reliability

Read on to learn more that will help you decide between these two choices.

CPO: Pros and Cons

Buying CPO instead of used offers you a better deal for a vehicle that is close to brand new in terms of condition. One great thing about buying a CPO vehicle is that it has already surpassed the initial depreciation, meaning you can find a high-end model for less than a new base level of the same model.

You can expect even more benefits, such as:

  • Selection: CPO vehicles give you a wider model inventory to choose from, instead of the limited offerings new vehicles give you.
  • Benefits: Buick, GMC CPO vehicles come with a slew of great incentives. You can find benefits such as roadside assistance to help you out of a jam around Rome or Acworth.
  • Extended Warranty: Unlike the coverage you find on a new vehicle, CPO vehicles tend to have longer warranties for powertrain components.

Not every aspect of buying a CPO vehicle is better, though. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for, and each vehicle will have different features, specs, and wear on them. Though these vehicles are inspected thoroughly, their components, like the brake pads or battery, are more prone to needing replacement much sooner than its new counterpart.

Buying New: Pros and Cons

New vehicles have less surprises and offer a number of benefits over buying a used or CPO vehicle, like:

  • Assurance: Rest easy knowing each and every piece on your vehicle is factory fresh, meaning maintenance is less of an immediate worry.
  • Up to Date Technology: New vehicles come with the latest and greatest technology available that a CPO vehicle might not have.
  • Customization: Make your car the way you want it with personalization options on things like color, trim, and features.

Obviously, the biggest difference between a CPO and new vehicle is price. Also, a new vehicle will depreciate quickly in the first couple years.

Let Riverside Buick GMC Help You Decide

If you’re unsure of which way to go when it comes to new vs. CPO, visit us in Cartersville and let us help! If you have any questions beforehand, or want to know more about features like GMC Sierra 1500 towing and GMC Acadia performance, simply contact us and we can steer you in the right direction!

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