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

November 20th, 2018 by

Row of red, white, and blue used vehicles on a car lot

When it comes to used car shopping you have two options: certified pre-owned or used. Have you ever wondered if there’s a difference between the two? There is! We’re taking a look at CPO vs. used to help you decide which type of pre-owned vehicle is best your driving needs and budget around Chicago.

Used Vehicle Inventory CPO Inventory

Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles come in a wide array of options because they can be from any automaker, be any model year, have any number of previous owners, and have any number of miles. This gives you a wide selection to choose from if you’re not sure what brand or vehicle type you’re looking for.

Used vehicles typically have lower prices than new vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles. In fact, we have a number of used cars under $10,000 on our lot near Arlington Heights. You also don’t have to worry about depreciation when you drive a used vehicle.

Buying a car with 100,000+ miles may seem like a bad idea, but that’s not always the case. Some vehicles that have been properly cared for can continue to run well past the 100,000-mile mark. That being said, it’s always a good idea to do the following before buying a used vehicle:

  • Thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior, and take the vehicle for a test drive
  • Ask about any issues with the condition of the vehicle or its performance

Buying a CPO Car

When a car is certified pre-owned it is part of the brand’s CPO program, so the vehicle must meet certain requirements. Our quality vehicles are part of the Honda CPO program and must be less than 6 years, have less than 80,000 miles, and undergo a 182-point inspection. Honda CPO vehicles comes with a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and a minimum 1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty.

CPO cars are often newer model years with less mileage. They cost more than used cars but they’re still a more affordable option than a brand-new car. Certified pre-owned cars are great if you want more updated safety, technology, or other features for your Gurnee commutes.

Shop for Used and CPO Vehicles at Muller Honda Pre-Owned

Now that you know the differences between CPO vs. used vehicles, you can explore both inventory options, then visit our showroom to take some test drives around Highland Park. And feel free to contact us with further questions!

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