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


What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Although CPO vs. used are both classified as “used” there are distinct differences between the two that set them apart. Read on to learn more about certified pre-owned and used vehiclesat Jackson Family of Dealerships. Browse our used and certified pre-owned vehicles online or at our dealerships.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles for sale that have been driven by previous owners. They vary in age, mileage, and condition and can be priced anywhere from under $10,000 to like-new value. Low mileage is typically preferable, although depending on the overall condition of a vehicle, a car with over 100,000 can be a good buy. Remember these used car buying tips when shopping at our used car lot:

  • Give the used vehicle you are considering a thorough inspection and fact check the vehicle history report that’s provided. Take it for a test drive around Decatur to get a feel for how it drives.
  • Consult a member of our service team to discuss any issues with the vehicle that may affect the safety of the vehicle.
  • Don’t rule out a car just because it has over 100,000 miles on it. With proper maintenance, some cars can perform well with upwards of 200,000 miles on it.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of the manufacturer’s CPO program. CPO vehicles must meet specific requirements to be labeled as certified pre-owned. Typical requirements include:

  • The model year is within five years of the current year.
  • The vehicle has less than 80,000 miles or sometimes up to 100,000 miles on it.
  • Vehicles must undergo a thorough inspection and meet quality standards to qualify for CPO status.
  • They are offered with extended warranties and limited powertrain warranties.

CPO vs. used typically has less mileage than used cars and are in like-new condition. They come with a slightly higher price tag but ensures better quality than used cars and are still less expensive than new vehicles.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Jackson Family of Dealerships

Now that you know the answer to the question, “what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned,” visit our dealerships near Mattoon to test drive our used and pre-owned vehicles. Get the best deal on a used or pre-owned vehicle in the Clinton area with our used vehicle specials. Apply for financing today!

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