Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: What’s the Difference?

December 7th, 2018 by

2018 Volkswagen Passat Driving on Highway

Wondering what the difference is between certified pre-owned (CPO) and used? While both used and CPO are classified as “used”, there are several distinctions between the two. Brandon drivers will want to be aware of these differences before shopping for their next Volkswagen SUV or sedan!

What to Know About Buying a Used Car?

Used vehicles are vehicles that have been driven by other owners. They can vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. As a result, they are usually priced lower than similar new vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles. Because they are not new, you also don’t have to worry about your car depreciating in value. While a car with 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, the truth is that some vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with routine maintenance and care. Even so, remember:

  • Thoroughly inspect any used vehicle you’re considering and take it for a test drive before making an offer
  • Discuss any issues in terms of vehicle condition or performance that arise, to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance

What to Know About CPO Cars

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of a CPO program that has certain requirements that must be met. These requirements generally include:

  • 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

Certified used cars are typically newer models with less mileage. They typically come at a higher price than used cars, but they’re still more affordable than a new car. If you’re looking for more updated features for your Brandon commutes, then you might want to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Reeves Volkswagen

Now that we’ve answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, it’s time to explore our CPO and used vehicle for sale, then schedule a visit to our showroom, not far from Clearwater, for some test drives. Contact us for more information!


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