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 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.

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.

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****ANNUAL TENT SALE IN PROGRESS RIGHT NOW**** Certified. Home of the Lifetime powertrain loyalty program!, One Owner. Super Black 2019 Nissan Versa 1.6 SV FWD CVT with Xtronic 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! Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Details: * 167 Point Inspection * Transferable Warranty * Roadside Assistance * Includes Car Rental and Trip Interruption Reimbursement * Vehicle History * Warranty Deductible: $100 * Limited Warranty: 84 Month/100,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date 1.6L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V 31/39 City/Highway MPG
 
Kia CPO
Certified. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Lifetime Powertrain Warranty*. Platinum Graphite 2017 Kia Optima EX FWD 6-Speed Automatic with Sportmatic 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. Kia Certified Pre-Owned Details: * Powertrain Limited Warranty: 120 Month/100,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date * Includes Rental Car and Trip Interruption Reimbursement * Limited Warranty: 12 Month/12,000 Mile (whichever comes first) "Platinum Coverage" from certified purchase date * Vehicle History * 164 Point Inspection * Transferable Warranty * Warranty Deductible: $50 * Roadside Assistance 2.4L I4 DGI DOHC 24/34 City/Highway MPG Awards: * 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick * 2017 KBB.com 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 * 2017 KBB.com 10 Most Awarded Cars * 2017 KBB.com 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000 * 2017 KBB.com Best Family Sedans * 2017 KBB.com 10 Most Awarded Brands
 
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Suntrup Hyundai South
5926 S LINDBERGH BLVD ST. LOUIS, MO 63123
877-641-899
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Lifetime Powertrain Program*, Blind spot sensor: warning, Power Liftgate. Ingot Silver Metallic 2017 Ford Escape Titanium FWD 6-Speed Automatic 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. 1.5L EcoBoost Odometer is 13923 miles below market average! 23/30 City/Highway MPG Awards: * 2017 KBB.com 10 Best Used Compact SUVs Under $15,000 * 2017 KBB.com 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 * 2017 KBB.com Brand Image Awards * 2017 KBB.com 10 Most Awarded Brands Reviews: * Optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine provides quick acceleration; high-tech features include Sync 3 infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; responsive steering and carlike handling around turns. Source: Edmunds
 
****ANNUAL TENT SALE IN PROGRESS RIGHT NOW**** Certified. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Clean Vehicle History, Home of the Lifetime powertrain loyalty program!. Pearl White Tricoat 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SV FWD CVT with Xtronic 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! Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Details: * Roadside Assistance * Vehicle History * Includes Car Rental and Trip Interruption Reimbursement * Transferable Warranty * 167 Point Inspection * Warranty Deductible: $100 * Limited Warranty: 84 Month/100,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date V6 20/27 City/Highway MPG
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Original MSRP $48,695, BMW Warranty until 5/31/2021, Driving Assistance Package, Heated Front Seats, Navigation System, Panoramic Moonroof, Power Liftgate, Rear-View Camera. Deep Sea Blue Metallic 2017 BMW X3 xDrive28i AWD 8-Speed Automatic 2.0L I4 TwinPower Turbo 21/28 City/Highway MPG Reviews: * Strong performance and fuel economy from any of its available engines; high-quality cabin feels luxurious; generous passenger and cargo room for the segment; responsive handling bettered only by pricier sport-tuned rivals; top-notch crash-test scores. Source: Edmunds 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.
 
****ANNUAL TENT SALE IN PROGRESS RIGHT NOW**** Certified. Clean Vehicle History, Home of the Lifetime powertrain loyalty program!, One Owner. Gun Metallic 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD CVT with Xtronic 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! Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Details: * Roadside Assistance * Vehicle History * Transferable Warranty * Limited Warranty: 84 Month/100,000 Mile (whichever comes first) from original in-service date * Warranty Deductible: $100 * Includes Car Rental and Trip Interruption Reimbursement * 167 Point Inspection 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V 21/28 City/Highway MPG
 
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BMW of West St. Louis
14417 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
866-932-6007
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! Receive the BMW experience on a great Pre-Owned vehicle! Schedule a test drive today!, Clean Vehicle History backed by our Lifetime Powertrain Protection!, Blind spot sensor: Side Blind Zone Alert warning, Enhanced Driver Alert Package, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Forward Collision Alert Sensor Indicator, Heated & Cooled Driver & Front Passenger Seats, Heated rear seats, Intellibeam Automatic High Beam On/Off Headlamps, Lane Keep Assist, Navigation System, Power Liftgate, Premium Smooth Ride Suspension Package, Safety Alert Driver Seat. Crimson Red Tintcoat 2016 GMC Yukon SLT 4WD 6-Speed Automatic Electronic with Overdrive EcoTec3 5.3L V8 Odometer is 22677 miles below market average! Awards: * 2016 KBB.com Brand Image Awards Reviews: * Strong V8 power; stout towing capacity; available nine-person seating capacity; extremely quiet highway ride; impressive interior quality. Source: Edmunds 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
ACTIVE SERVICE LOANER, PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT, This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, MSRP $42495.00. 0475 2020 BMW 2 Series 228i Gran Coupe xDrive 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
ACTIVE SERVICE LOANER, PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT, WE CAN SELL THE CAR WHEN THE ODOMETER IS OVER 2500 MILES. This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, MSRP $50495.00. 0c10 2020 BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive AWD 8-Speed Automatic 2.0L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V Turbocharged Odometer is 1337 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
Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! ACTIVE SERVICE LOANER, PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT, This was a new car that was enrolled in our Service Loaner Fleet, qualifies for all new car rebates, Ambient Lighting, MSRP $63,125.00, Convenience Package, Dakota Leather Upholstery, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, LED Fog Lights, M Sport Package, M Sport Pkg, M Sport Suspension, M Steering Wheel, Navigation System, Power moonroof, Power Tailgate, Shadowline Exterior Trim, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Telescoping steering wheel, Wheels: 19" x 8" M Double-Spoke (Style 664M), WiFi Hotspot, Without Lines Designation Outside. Alpine White 2020 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive AWD 8-Speed Automatic 2.0L 4-Cylinder 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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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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