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

Used cars on a car lot


“What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” This is a question we get a lot here at Premier Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT from our Metairie customers. The truth is, although similarities exist between these two types of car buying options, as the experts here at Premier Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT will tell you, in reality, CPO vs. used cars are very different. Why? Read on or contact us anytime to find out more! Then browse our used vehicles for sale and our certified used vehicles for sale!

Used Car Buying: What You Should Know

Used vehicles are simply cars, trucks, or SUVs that have had previous owners. They vary greatly when it comes to their condition, features, and more. Though you can get a pre-purchase inspection done in Slidell when buying used, there’s really no guarantee — least of all a warranty — when buying a pre-owned vehicle.

On the other hand, certified pre-owned vehicles, or as they’re often called, certified used vehicles, do offer some semblance of warranty protection in addition to a necessary inspection prior to being certified. In essence, you can think of the CPO designation as a seal of approval for condition, mileage, and more, in addition to coming with CPO warranty protection.

Looking to compare CPO vs. used cars? Keep the following in mind: 

  • You should discuss any vehicle issues that you notice — either with the Covington dealership or private seller. If you plan to purchase the car, even though it has a few problems, that’s 100% your choice — just make sure you factor money for the repairs into your shopping budget. 
  • Many used vehicles can last up to 200,000 miles if carefully maintained. High-mileage used cars do not often deserve the bad rap they get. 
  • Although OEMs don’t require that their regular used cars must be inspected before sale, Premier Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT does hand-pick our used models for condition as well as other factors like pricing and features. 

Buying a CPO Car: What You Should Know

Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are like used cars in that they’ve had prior owners. That being said, CPO cars must pass thorough inspections before they’re given the CPO seal of approval (CPO designation, AKA certification). 

Once CPO vehicles are in fact certified, they are then backed by manufacturer warranty coverage. Generally, OEM CPO programs offer some of these benefits: 

  • Generally less than 80,000 miles, sometimes up to 100,000 miles 
  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • A multi-point inspection is necessary before certification
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Premier Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT

Now that you have a more general understanding of the answer to the query “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, it’s time to explore our CPO and used vehicles for sale at Premier Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT in New Orleans. Once you’ve checked out our inventory, get an instant cash offer for your current car and apply for financing online.

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