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

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What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? It is a common question we hear at Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit. Technically both categories of vehicles fall under “used,” but there are a few important distinctions to be made between the two. Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit has created this guide below to help you determine which option is a better fit for your driving needs and budget. 

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner and vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. This is why they are a more affordable option than certified pre-owned vehicles and brand new cars. For example, we have a budget-friendly inventory of used cars under $10k, so it is easy to find a reliable vehicle that won’t break the bank. Because these vehicles aren’t new, you don’t have to worry about rapid, steep depreciation.

In the past, purchasing a vehicle with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer was a little risky. However, thanks to advancements in automotive technology, many well-maintained vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles. Before purchasing a used car, keep the following information in mind:

  • Before you make an offer on a used car, you should take it for a test drive around Williamsville and have it thoroughly inspected. 
  • If you notice any issues with the condition of the vehicle or its performance, they should be discussed to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive.
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles when they are properly maintained. 

Tips for Buying a CPO Car

For a used car to be designated as a certified pre-owned vehicle, it must meet strict standards set by the manufacturer. These requirements generally include:

  • Model year 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

When compared to traditional used cars, certified used cars are usually newer with less miles on the odometer. That is why they are generally priced higher than used cars.

Find the Perfect Pre-Owned Vehicle at Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit

We’ve now answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? If you are ready to find a pre-owned vehicle that checks all of the boxes on your wishlist, visit Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit today. You can also contact us for more information.

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**With approved credit. Terms may vary. Monthly payments are only estimates derived from the vehicle price with a 72 month term, 5.9% interest and 20% downpayment.


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