CPO vs. Used Cars

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What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars? A used car is a good option for budget-conscious Port Huron drivers who want a reliable car, but if you pick certified pre-owned, you’re getting access to several advantages that a regular used car just can’t offer. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned, and how might these differences impact your driving experience in Saint Clair? Moran Blue Water Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has the full story to help you choose a used car that fits your needs.

Used Car Buying Facts

Vehicles in the broad category of “used cars” may have had any number of previous owners. They may also vary in terms of model year, mileage, and other factors. As a result, you can find used cars for sale in Marysville at virtually any price point.

You might think that a car with over 100,000 miles is a risk. However, when a vehicle is properly maintained and accident-free, you can get a well-appointed vehicle with over 100,000 miles that will drive reliably for years to come. While you think it over, keep all this in mind:

  • Your dealership will inspect all used vehicles to ensure safety and quality. However, only certified pre-owned used cars will not receive a comprehensive multi-point inspection.
  • Discuss any issues with the vehicle’s condition or performance that you find during a test drive to ensure that the vehicle works for you and is safe to drive. If you plan to purchase the vehicle despite some condition concerns or mechanical issues, make sure you consider the cost of repairs.
  • When you’re comparing the benefits of CPO vs. used vehicles, keep in mind that many cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with the right care and maintenance.

What Is CPO?

What is CPO, and what makes this special category of used vehicles different from regular used cars? Certified pre-owned cars are inspected very intensely by a factory trained technician at the dealership. If the vehicle passes the inspection, only then will it be sold as “certified pre-owned.” A CPO vehicle must fulfill strict requirements for age and condition, which will vary between brands. Typically, you can expect a CPO car to:

  • Be five to six years old, or less
  • Have less than 80,000 to 100,000 miles on the odometer
  • Have passed a thorough multi-point inspection at a certified dealership
  • Be covered by the original limited warranty and eligible for an extended warranty and/or limited powertrain warranty

Find a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle for Sale in Fort Gratiot 

Ready to start shopping for a reliable used or certified pre-owned vehicle? Now that you know more about the benefits of CPO vs. used cars, it’s time to browse our used vehicle inventory and take your favorite models for a test drive! In Kimball and surrounding areas, you can’t go wrong with the Moran Blue Water Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team by your side. Contact us today to learn more.


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