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 used Volkswagen, 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. Whether you need a pre-owned Hyundai or Volkswagen, you can find what you need at Suntrup Automotive Group for a great price.

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