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

A pre-owned Ford F-150 parked in a field

Once you value your trade-in vehicle, it’s time to hit the lot and choose your new used car. You may see both used and certified pre-owned cars, but what’s the difference? If you are like most Minneapolis drivers, you may not know what the difference between CPO vs. used vehicles. Luckily, Cornerstone Plymouth has put together a guide to help you discover the difference between used and certified pre-owned and to decide which is right for your lifestyle. Technically, both options fall under the “used” car category. However, there are some important differences between used and certified pre-owned to be aware of before you buy your next vehicle near Maple Grove.



What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can offer a lot to Minnetonka drivers. While the car that has caught your eye may vary in make, model, year, number of previous owners, and general history, you can buy with confidence from Cornerstone Plymouth. Our team will conduct a thorough inspection to ensure your new-to-you car is going to be reliable. Additionally, buying used is a sound investment as you won’t have to worry about depreciation as soon as you drive off the lot.

Picking out a used model like a sedan or coupe with over 100,000 miles may seem like a risk. However, advancements in car manufacturing and maintenance technology have made it possible for many vehicles to run smoothly for hundreds of thousands of miles. Things to remember when considering a used vehicle include:

  • Make sure to conduct your own thorough inspection of the used car you are considering. You should also take the vehicle for a test drive to see how the car handles in different scenarios.
  • Discuss any issues you become aware of to find out how they may impact the vehicle’s performance and value.
  • Many cars and SUVs can travel upwards of 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance. Dig into the vehicle’s history before you buy.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

In order to be considered a “certified pre-owned” model, a car must be part of a CPO program and meet certain standards. Requirements of CPO programs typically include:

  • Model is typically within five years of the most current model year
  • A rigorous multi-point inspection is performed
  • Often less than 80,000 miles, but up to 100,000 miles on some makes and models
  • Extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties are available

CPO vehicles are a great middle-point between affordability and the latest features. When looking at the differences between used and certified pre-owned, price, mileage, condition, and age are the main factors. CPO vehicles often have fewer miles than used but can be more expensive. However, if you want access to the latest features and specs without paying new car prices, a CPO vehicle may be perfect for you.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles in Plymouth!

If you are ready to take advantage of the savings that buying a used or CPO vehicle can offer, contact us today! Our finance team can walk you through the car buying process to help you find the car you need at a price you can afford. We offer a wide selection of used cars priced under $15k and CPO specials to help you save even more. Visit us at Cornerstone Plymouth to begin your car buying journey.

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