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

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Many Rome drivers are wondering what the difference is between CPO vs. used vehicles. Technically both categories of vehicles fall under “used,” however, there are important distinctions between used and certified pre-owned that drivers in the Acworth area will want to be aware of before shopping for a car, truck, or SUV. Learn more about both with Riverside Buick GMC today to help you decide which to consider when buying a new-to-you vehicle.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners. They vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. Because of this, they are priced at a lower cost than new vehiclesand certified pre-owned vehicles. Our dealership even has an inventory of used cars under $10,000 for sale. And since these models aren’t new, you won’t have to worry about depreciation.

While a car with 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, the truth is that some vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with routine maintenance and care. Even so, remember:

  • Thoroughly inspect any used vehicle you’re considering and take it 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
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of a CPO program that has certain requirements that must be met. These requirements generally include:

  • 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

Certified used cars are typically newer models with less mileage. This means they come at a higher cost than a used car but are still more affordable than a new car. If you’re looking for a newer model with more of the updated technology you want, you should look into buying a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Riverside Buick GMC

Now that we’ve answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, it’s time to explore our CPO and used vehicles for sale. While here, be sure to browse our pre-owned vehicle specials to help you save even more on your favorite model. Schedule a test drive with Riverside Buick GMC or contact us with any questions about our models, to find out if Buick is American, and more!

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