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

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When you’re ready to acquire a new vehicle, you basically have three options. You can opt for a brand-new, never driven car, a certified pre-owned (CPO) car, or a used car. While a brand new car is self explanatory, you may be left wondering what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicle? As your used auto experts, Richard Catena Auto has put together a guide that details what sets these two pre-owned types apart.

Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned Cars

The main difference between certified and pre-owned vehicles is that CPO cars have to meet a certain checklist of standards to be categorized as such. Essentially, these cars are closer to brand new than a typical used vehicle. These strict standards ensure drivers are getting a nearly new vehicle, but they don’t suffer the drive-off-the-lot depreciation that a brand new vehicle does. The certified pre-owned standards include:

  • A thorough and accurate maintenance history
  • Passing a multi-point inspection conducted by a factory-trained technician
  • Maintenance performed with genuine OEM parts
  • Less than a few miles on the odometer, typically under 60,000 miles
  • A more recent model year, usually no more than 5 or 6 years old
  • Some makes include a special CPO warranty

Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Worth It?

Depending on your current financial situation, you may have decided that a brand new car is not right for you at this time. So, when it comes to used vehicles, is a CPO vehicle worth it or do you opt for a traditional used car? To answer this, you’ll want to consider if the aforementioned points are a priority for you. Though the CPO standards ensure a high-quality car, it does not mean a used car can’t be just as seemingly new, clean, and high-performing. These car-buying tips can also help you narrow down what matters to you.

Shop Our Used Vehicle Inventory at Richard Catena Auto

Here at Richard Catena Auto, drivers in the greater Newark area can rest assured that any used vehicle that hits our lot, though not CPO, still must pass a rigorous checklist to ensure the best quality used vehicle. From BMW models, to luxury Lexus vehicles and Mercedes-Benz models, our lot is full of premium, gently used, affordable options. If you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 or a Lexus LX, contact us today.

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