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

February 28th, 2019 by

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If you’re wondering what the difference is between CPO vs. used vehicles, you’re not alone. Technically both categories of vehicles fall under “used,” however, there are important distinctions between used and certified pre-owned that drivers in the St. Louis area will want to be aware of before shopping for their next car, truck, or SUV.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners. They vary in terms of the model year, mileage, and the number of previous owners. Because of this, they’re priced at a lower cost than new vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles. In fact, at your local St. Louis dealership, you’ll find a great selection of used cars under $10,000 for sale. Because these vehicles aren’t new, you don’t have to worry about depreciation.

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.

Whether you’re looking for a used diesel truck or a four-door sedan, you can check out our pre-owned inventory to explore our pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles at Suntrup Automotive Group.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

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 and 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’re priced higher than used cars, but they’re still more affordable than a new car. If you’re looking for more updated features and the reassurance of warranty coverage on your Kirkwood or Manchester commutes, then you might want to consider buying a certified pre-owned vehicle. Note that with both options, you’ll still be required to pay for liability insurance and other forms of coverage.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Suntrup Automotive Group

Now that we’ve answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned,” it’s time to explore our used vehicle specials to get a great deal on the used car, truck, or SUV that you want today. Please contact us to schedule a test drive at the Suntrup Automotive Group dealership near you.

Suntrup Automotive Group Used Vehicle Specials

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Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Black 2019 Toyota C-HR XLE FWD CVT The Suntrup family have been servicing and selling cars since 1957 for the St Louis area.The Suntrup Automotive Group is active in its communities and believes in giving back. Today Suntrup Automotive Group has nine brands, eleven locations, thousands of cars and is every bit committed to providing excellent customer service in every aspect of the business. There's never been a better time to stop in our dealership at 6263 S Lindbergh Blvd St Louis, Missouri, 63123. Proudly serving drivers from Ballwin, Affton and Kirkwood. We're very much looking forward to it. 2.0L I4 DOHC 16V 27/31 City/Highway MPG Awards: * 2019 KBB.com Brand Image Awards * 2019 KBB.com Best Resale Value Awards
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Nightfall Blue 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 Base AWD 6-Speed Automatic with Shiftronic 2.4L I4 DGI DOHC 16V Odometer is 15496 miles below market average! 20/26 City/Highway MPG Awards: * 2018 KBB.com 5-Year Cost to Own Awards * 2018 KBB.com 10 Most Awarded Brands Whether you are interested in learning more about our team or are ready to begin shopping with us, we invite you to visit our showroom today. Conveniently located on Manchester Road just west of Hwy 141 in Manchester, MO, our team looks forward to helping you experience new levels of affordable luxury. *See dealer for details. **Note: All sale prices and discounts listed above, include all available factory incentives, discounts and rebates. Special rates must finance through BMW Financial. These are subject to change at any time.TIBBFX.
 
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Clean Vehicle History, Home of the Lifetime powertrain loyalty program!, One Owner, Power Liftgate. Check out our "VEHICLE DYNAMIC PRICING" Many of our prices have been severely reduced! Take advantage of the best "Buyer's Market" in history. Certified. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Pure White 2019 Volkswagen Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4Motion AWD 8-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic The Suntrup Pre-Owned Super Center is the "Home of the Lifetime Powertrain loyalty program." With a dedicated facility and staff, here to cater to all your pre-owned needs, we are able to buy and sell cars from all over the metro area. Whether we are in your backyard or you have to cross a river to get to us - as a Women's Choice Award Winner, Dealerrater Dealer of the Year, Google reviewed or Better Business Bureau A+ rated - you can be sure that our expansive inventory, superior customer service, and "no haggle" upfront pricing guarantee this will be the best buying experience of your life! 3.6L VR6 Awards: * 2019 KBB.com 12 Best Family Cars * 2019 KBB.com 10 Best Road Trip Cars
 
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Clean Vehicle History, Home of the Lifetime powertrain loyalty program!, Power Liftgate. Check out our "VEHICLE DYNAMIC PRICING" Many of our prices have been severely reduced! Take advantage of the best "Buyer's Market" in history. Certified. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Reflex Silver Metallic 2019 Volkswagen Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4Motion AWD 8-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic The Suntrup Pre-Owned Super Center is the "Home of the Lifetime Powertrain loyalty program." With a dedicated facility and staff, here to cater to all your pre-owned needs, we are able to buy and sell cars from all over the metro area. Whether we are in your backyard or you have to cross a river to get to us - as a Women's Choice Award Winner, Dealerrater Dealer of the Year, Google reviewed or Better Business Bureau A+ rated - you can be sure that our expansive inventory, superior customer service, and "no haggle" upfront pricing guarantee this will be the best buying experience of your life! 3.6L VR6 Awards: * 2019 KBB.com 10 Best Road Trip Cars * 2019 KBB.com 12 Best Family Cars
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, MSRP $44,245.00. Storm Bay Metallic 2021 BMW X2 xDrive28i AWD 8-Speed Automatic Sport 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V TwinPower Turbo 24/31 City/Highway MPG Whether you are interested in learning more about our team or are ready to begin shopping with us, we invite you to visit our showroom today. Conveniently located on Manchester Road just west of Hwy 141 in Manchester, MO, our team looks forward to helping you experience new levels of affordable luxury. *See dealer for details. **Note: All sale prices and discounts listed above, include all available factory incentives, discounts and rebates. Special rates must finance through BMW Financial. These are subject to change at any time.TIBBFX.
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, MSRP $44,845, Ambient Lighting, Comfort Access Keyless Entry, Convenience Package, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Heated Front Seats, Heated Front Seats & Steering Wheel, Heated Steering Wheel, Lumbar Support, M Sport Package, M Sport Package (337), M Sport Steering, M Sport Suspension, M Steering Wheel, Panoramic Moonroof, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Wheels: 18" x 8.0" M Double-Spoke Bi-Color. Storm Bay Metallic 2020 BMW 2 Series 228i Gran Coupe xDrive M Sport AWD 8-Speed Automatic Sport 2.0L 4-Cylinder 23/33 City/Highway MPG Awards: * JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study Whether you are interested in learning more about our team or are ready to begin shopping with us, we invite you to visit our showroom today. Conveniently located on Manchester Road just west of Hwy 141 in Manchester, MO, our team looks forward to helping you experience new levels of affordable luxury. *See dealer for details. **Note: All sale prices and discounts listed above, include all available factory incentives, discounts and rebates. Special rates must finance through BMW Financial. These are subject to change at any time.TIBBFX.
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, Original MSRP $49,235, Active Blind Spot Detection, Active Driving Assistant, Ambient Lighting, Apple CarPlay Compatibility, Comfort Access Keyless Entry, Connected Package Pro, Convenience Package, LED Headlights w/Cornering Lights, Live Cockpit Pro w/Navi, Lumbar Support, Park Distance Control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Black Sapphire Metallic 2020 BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive AWD 8-Speed Automatic 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V Turbocharged Odometer is 7369 miles below market average! 25/34 City/Highway MPG Whether you are interested in learning more about our team or are ready to begin shopping with us, we invite you to visit our showroom today. Conveniently located on Manchester Road just west of Hwy 141 in Manchester, MO, our team looks forward to helping you experience new levels of affordable luxury. *See dealer for details. **Note: All sale prices and discounts listed above, include all available factory incentives, discounts and rebates. Special rates must finance through BMW Financial. These are subject to change at any time.TIBBFX.
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, MSRP $51,495.00. White Metallic 2020 BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive AWD 8-Speed Automatic 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V Turbocharged Odometer is 7395 miles below market average! 25/34 City/Highway MPG Whether you are interested in learning more about our team or are ready to begin shopping with us, we invite you to visit our showroom today. Conveniently located on Manchester Road just west of Hwy 141 in Manchester, MO, our team looks forward to helping you experience new levels of affordable luxury. *See dealer for details. **Note: All sale prices and discounts listed above, include all available factory incentives, discounts and rebates. Special rates must finance through BMW Financial. These are subject to change at any time.TIBBFX.
 
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Suntrup Hyundai South
5926 S LINDBERGH BLVD ST. LOUIS, MO 63123
877-641-899
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Bluetooth, Heated and Cooled Seats, Navigation/GPS/NAVI, Sunroof/Moonroof, Push Button Start, Leather, Parking Sensors, Park Assist, Sirius/XM, Lifetime Powertrain Program*, Navigation System, Power moonroof. Santiago Silver 2019 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium AWD 8-Speed Automatic with SHIFTRONIC The Suntrup family have been servicing and selling cars since 1957 for the St Louis area.The Suntrup Automotive Group is active in its communities and believes in giving back. Today Suntrup Automotive Group has nine brands, eleven locations, thousands of cars and is every bit committed to providing excellent customer service in every aspect of the business. There's never been a better time to drop on by at our dealership here in 5926 So Lindbergh Blvd St Louis, Missouri, proudly serving drivers from Ballwin, Affton and Kirkwood. We're very much looking forward to it. 3.3L V6 DGI DOHC 24V Odometer is 7132 miles below market average!
 
MSRP $130,000!, ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant, Active Park Distance Control, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, ConnectedDrive Services, Driving Assistance Plus Package, Executive Package, Front & Rear Heated Seats, Front Massaging Seats, Front Ventilated Seats, Illuminated entry, Moonroof, Navigation System, Parking Assistant Plus, Power Rear Sunshade & Rear Side Window Shades, Rear-View Camera, Remote keyless entry, Soft-Close Automatic Doors, Surround View w/3D View, Wheels: 20" x 9.5" Fr & 20" x 10.5" Rr M Y-Spoke. Black Sapphire Metallic 2020 BMW M5 Competition AWD 8-Speed Automatic V8 Whether you are interested in learning more about our team or are ready to begin shopping with us, we invite you to visit our showroom today. Conveniently located on Manchester Road just west of Hwy 141 in Manchester, MO, our team looks forward to helping you experience new levels of affordable luxury. *See dealer for details. **Note: All sale prices and discounts listed above, include all available factory incentives, discounts and rebates. Special rates must finance through BMW Financial. These are subject to change at any time.TIBBFX.
 

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New vehicle pricing includes all offers and incentives. Tax, Title and Tags not included in vehicle prices shown and must be paid by the purchaser. While great effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, errors do occur so please verify information with a customer service rep. This is easily done by calling us at or by visiting us at the dealership.

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New vehicle pricing includes all offers and incentives. Tax, Title and Tags not included in vehicle prices shown and must be paid by the purchaser. While great effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, errors do occur so please verify information with a customer service rep. This is easily done by calling us at or by visiting us at the dealership.

**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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