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 vehicles at Jackson Family of Dealerships. Browse our used trucks 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 and see what the difference is between gas trucks and diesel trucks. Find out what is good mileage on a used car from Jackson Family of Dealerships. Get the best deal on a used or pre-owned vehicle in the Clinton area with our used vehicle specials. We can even help you compare the Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox to help you with your automotive research. Whatever your needs are, apply for financing today!

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