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

car for sale sign on a used vehicle

If you’ve been car shopping, you’ve probably seen the terms “used” and “certified pre-owned” on our used car inventory list. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? Bill Luke Santan is happy to answer that question! In general, the difference has to do with inspection. For more details, read below so you can determine which type is best for you and your Santan lifestyle. 

What You Need to Know About Used Cars

Used vehicles have had a previous owner. They come in a variety of makes, models, age and mileage and they are typically considered more affordable. You can find a wide range of used vehicles under $10K! A common suggestion is to be wary of cars with over 100,000 miles, but they’re not as risky as people may think. Cars are made to last, so with proper maintenance you don’t have to worry too much about reliability. Plus, they are typically cheaper than lower-mileage cars. 

What You Need to Know About CPO Cars

Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are similar to used vehicles in the sense that both types of cars have been owned by previous owners, but CPO cars are sold at a different standard. These types of vehicles have been thoroughly inspected by certified technicians and are backed by manufacturer warranties so that you can have full confidence in the vehicle you select. Essentially, CPO cars are the gold standard of used vehicles and they meet OEM standards. CPO standards will vary between each auto manufacturer, but some of the standards and qualities most OEM technicians look for include:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 80,000 miles
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report

As mentioned above, CPO vehicles are newer and have less miles. While this means these types of vehicles are typically more expensive than standard used cars, they are still affordable vehicles that you can trust. If you’re looking for a previously owned vehicle that will still give you a like-new feel, a CPO is the way to go! 

Compare CPO vs. Used at Bill Luke Santan Today!

Now that you have more information about CPO vs. used vehicles, you can determine which type of vehicle is best for you and your Chandler lifestyle. If you’re interested in driving a previously owned vehicle on Mesa roads, contact us and we’ll help you get to your goals! 


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