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

January 10th, 2019 by

Lineup of used cars for sale

If you’re considering buying used, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned?” Learn more about CPO vs.used before you choose your next car, SUV, van, or truck.

Used Cars

Used cars have been previously owned and therefore have some age and mileage. Additionally, they don’t always offer the features and technologies found on newer models, such as touch screens and ambient lighting. We offer our customers a wide pre-owned inventory, which includes used cars priced under $10K.

Buying used can be a great option especially now that 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 manufacturer 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

In addition, CPO vehicles usually come with an extended warranty that provides further protections. 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. Check out our used SUV shopping tips, read some used SUV reviews, and find out what good mileage is for a used car, then take a moment to browse our pre-owned vehicle specials. Once you’ve chosen the used car, truck, or SUV that best suits your needs, please contact us to schedule your test drive at one of our locations in Tucson, AZ. We proudly serve Oro Valley and Green Valley and all cities in-between!

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