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

January 10th, 2019 by

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If you’re considering buying used, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” The important thing to remember is: a used car isn’t always CPO, but a CPO is always used. Learn more about CPO vs. used before you choose your next car, SUV, van, or truck.

Used Cars

To put it simply, used cars have been driven by other drivers. Used cars vary in terms of makes, models, body styles, years, and mileage. Additionally, they don’t always offer the features and technologies found on newer models, such as touchscreens and ambient lighting. This is what makes them less costly than new and certified pre-owned vehicles. We offer our customers a wide pre-owned inventory, which includes used cars priced under $10K.

Many shoppers avoid used cars, especially those with high mileage. However, vehicles can last well over 100,000 miles with the proper care. If you’re leaning toward a used car, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Don’t take any car at face value. Be sure to inspect a used car and take it for a test drive, so you can feel confident it’s worth its price tag.
  • Ask questions! Learn as much as you can about the history of the car, and don’t hesitate to bring up any issues with performance or condition.
  • Again, some vehicles can last hundreds of thousands of miles with routine maintenance. Just make sure the services are documented.

Certified Pre-Owned Cars

Certified pre-owned is the gold standard for used-car buying. Every OEM has their own CPO program that outlines the requirements a used car must meet to become “certified.” Typically, these include:

  • Model is less than five years old
  • Fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer, sometimes up to 100,000 miles
  • Model has been inspected by a certified technician using an authorized checklist

Usually, CPO vehicles are late-model with reasonably low mileage and are often protected by extended and/or limited powertrain warranties from the manufacturer. For this reason, they’re more expensive than your average used cars but still more cost-effective than brand-new cars. If you like the idea of having a like-new car for a used-car price, choose a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Explore Used & CPO Cars at Royal Automotive Group!

Now that you’ve compared CPO vs. used cars, explore your options at Royal Automotive Group. Take a moment to browse our pre-owned vehicle specials or contact us to schedule your test drive at one of our locations in Tucson, AZ. We proudly serve Oro Valley and Green Valley!

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Prices do not include tax, title, dealer installed accessories or $399 doc fee. Finance charges may also be applied based on the type of loan you require for a complete list of charges, please see your sales associate. All prices, specifications and availability subject to change without notice. Contact dealer for most current information. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the equipment and options listed, please confirm these specifications with your sales consultant prior to sale. (1) Hassle Free Price includes manufacturer rebates and incentives that are subject to change. ‘As low as’ price includes manufacturer rebates and incentives that are subject to change and not everyone will qualify for. See dealer for rebate & incentive eligibility. Customer must meet manufacturer guidelines in order to qualify for the ‘As Low As’ price. Programs and requirements vary by model, so please contact dealership for list of discounts and incentives and their respective eligibility requirements. Warranty Forever is not included on all units. Please verify with dealership if this specific unit includes the no-cost Warranty Forever coverage.

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Disclaimer:

Financing rate listed above is for example only and may not be available. All financing is on approved credit. Since financing rates will vary by lender and by applicant’s financial situation, please ask sales consultant what current rates may be available. A credit application is required to determine your exact financing rate available.

Prices do not include tax, title, dealer installed accessories or $399 doc fee. Finance charges may also be applied based on the type of loan you require for a complete list of charges, please see your sales associate. All prices, specifications and availability subject to change without notice. Contact dealer for most current information. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the equipment and options listed, please confirm these specifications with your sales consultant prior to sale. (1) Hassle Free Price includes manufacturer rebates and incentives that are subject to change. ‘As low as’ price includes manufacturer rebates and incentives that are subject to change and not everyone will qualify for. See dealer for rebate & incentive eligibility. Customer must meet manufacturer guidelines in order to qualify for the ‘As Low As’ price. Programs and requirements vary by model, so please contact dealership for list of discounts and incentives and their respective eligibility requirements. Warranty Forever is not included on all units. Please verify with dealership if this specific unit includes the no-cost Warranty Forever coverage.


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