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

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Any driver who doesn’t want to buy new is going to find themselves comparing used cars and certified pre-owned cars. So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? We’re here to break down how they differ and fill you in on the benefits of each decision.

Used vs. CPO: Why Should You Buy a Used Car?

Used vehicles have already had at least one owner, and you’ll find they vary considerably when it comes to factors like:

  • Model year
  • Mileage
  • Number of previous owners
  • Onboard features

That means they’re priced lower than certified pre-owned vehicles and considerably lower than new vehicles – you’ll often even find some used vehicles priced under $10,000. The fact that you don’t have to worry about that sharp period of initial depreciation only sweetens the deal financially, and models made over the last few years are generally capable of covering over 100,000 miles with routine maintenance and care, so they aren’t the risk they were back in your parent’s day.

Before purchasing a used car, you should:

  • Test drive any used vehicle you see in lots across Chester Springs to ensure it’s safe to drive and is free of problems.
  • Discuss any vehicle condition or performance issues that arise.
  • Check online for prices across Newtown Square and Aston to ensure you get the best deal.

Used vs. CPO: Why Should You Buy a CPO Car?

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of CPO programs designed by individual manufacturers, so they’ll have to meet certain standards. Most commonly, CPO vehicles:

  • Are less than five years old.
  • Have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.
  • Must pass a multi-point inspection.
  • Offer extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties.

They’re essentially newer models with less mileage and a few added incentives. They come at a slightly higher price than your typical used car, but they might appeal if you’re looking to combine the newer technology and higher reliability of a new vehicle with the advantages of a used one for your daily Glenmoore drive.

Shop for Used and CPO Jaguar Vehicles in West Chester

Whether you want to take one of our CPO models out for a test drive or talk through specials available on a used vehicle, we’re here to help. For any further advice or assistance, simply get in touch today.

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