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

Used cars on a lot

If you’re anything like other Rice Lake, WI, or Cumberland car shoppers, then chances are you’re looking to save money. For maximum savings, most everyone knows to shop for used vehicles as opposed to new vehicles. But what about certified pre-owned vehicles? Yes, this class of vehicles can sometimes be overlooked, but no, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth exploring. In fact, certified pre-owned vehicles can be a fantastic in-between option when torn between new vs. used cars. So, what exactly is the difference between certified and used? Read on below to find out!

Tips for Buying a Used Car

What’s a used car? Simply put, used cars have had previous owners/drivers. Used cars have a lot of variation in terms of their age, mileage, an even number of owners, as well as service history. Accordingly, and keeping depreciation in mind too, used cars are, more often than not, priced well below their new-car counterparts. We even have plenty in stock for less than $10,000!

Here are some more things to think about if you’re considering purchasing a used car in Hayward, Cumberland, or Rice Lake, WI from us here at Don Johnson Motors:

  • Most used vehicles are not required by the OEM to be inspected before they’re sold. Especially if you’re thinking about buying from a private party, you should get a pre-purchase inspection performed prior to purchasing. Dealerships like ours can be counted on to thoroughly inspect the vehicle condition before selling. That said, used cars, even those for sale at our dealership, are generally sold in “as-is” condition with no warranty expressed or implied. In other words: service costs you incur will be out of pocket.
  • Make sure that you talk about any issues you notice as they pertain to the used vehicle condition or performance so that you can remedy them before signing on the dotted line, or even potentially get money off the selling price if they’re more minor like scratches or worn tires.
  • With proper care and maintenance, used cars for sale today are lasting longer and longer than ever before. You needn’t necessarily be scared off by used cars that have higher mileage, though you will want to get a vehicle history report to ensure that they’ve been well-maintained.

Tips for Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned vehicles are used vehicles that have been thoroughly inspected by a factory-trained technician at the dealership according to quality assurance standards set by the OEM, or original brand. Here are some common terms of CPO programs:

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

Note that you’ll want to check these against any CPO vehicles you’re interested in from Don Johnson Motors, as we sell many brands of CPO vehicles with varying CPO program terms and benefits! 

What are the benefits of buying certified used cars? In sum, they’re usually fairly new, with fairly low mileage, and come with some type of CPO warranty protection for added peace of mind. 

Shop for Pre-Owned & Certified Pre Vehicles at Don Johnson Motors Today!

Now that you’ve been able to get answers to the question “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” it’s time to explore our CPO inventory at Don Johnson Motors! With locations in Hayward, Cumberland, and Rice Lake, WI, we have a huge selection of CPO vehicles for sale! Get in touch with us now to learn more or apply for financing now!

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