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

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Many Homer City drivers are looking to learn what the difference is between CPO vs. used vehicles. While technically they both fall under the “used” category, there are important distinctions between used and certified pre-owned models. Learn more about both of these types of models and be better prepared when shipping for your next car, truck, or SUV from Tri-Star Indiana.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners. These models vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. Because of this, they come at a lower price than new and certified pre-owned vehicles. If you’re looking for a used vehicle, we even have an inventory of used cars under $20,000 for sale in Indiana. 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 that arise in terms of vehicle condition or performance, 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 than used vehicles. They do come at a higher price than used models as well, but they are still more affordable than a new vehicle. If you’re interested in investing a bit more, you can access the features you want and more on a newer model when you buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Tri-Star Indiana

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? The prices, quality, and amount of features. Explore our CPO and used vehicles for sale, then schedule a test drive around Homer City to make sure you’re choosing the right model for you. While here, check out our used vehicle specials to help you save and contact us with any questions.

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