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

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The Difference Between Pre-Owned and Certified Pre-Owned

The question “What is the difference between pre-owned and certified cars?” is a good query, and a common one for our new customers. The difference between pre-owned and certified pre-owned is much more than just marketing. Pre-owned or used vehicles are often sold as-is, but Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come with warranties very similar to those offered on new vehicles. Essentially speaking, a certified vehicle is guaranteed to be like-new, in form and function, with a like-new warranty backing that assertion up should anything ever go wrong. To see our Certified Pre-Owned inventory for yourself, visit our showroom, contact us or for a test drive!



Certified Pre-Owned Versus Used

Used vehicles are a great buy across the board, especially if one does their research. That said, the main difference between pre-owned and certified pre-owned cars and trucks is that certified pre-owned vehicles have a safety net. Used vehicles tend to have no warranty, while certified pre-owned vehicles come with a warranty very similar to when new, and are generally much newer than the average used vehicle. That said, here are some reasons used vehicles are still ideal for many: 

  • A well made used vehicle can last beyond to 200,000 miles, if it was well maintained. Modern used cars, depending on how they were driven and maintained, often don’t deserve the bad rap they get. 
  • Although OEMs don’t actually require that regular used cars be inspected before they are sold, we do so here at Cornerstone Plymouth. Good vehicles are what we do, nothing else. 

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

Here are some great reasons why Minneapolis and Maple Grove drivers should consider Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles: 

  • 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 Cornerstone Plymouth

Certified pre-owned versus used is a great question all pre-owned car buyers should ask. Different vehicles are better for people in different circumstances, and that is true for the Minnetonka-area customers of Cornerstone Plymouth as much as anyone. Remember to use our online application for financing, and car buying tips! We hope to see you soon.

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