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

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Since Certified pre-owned cars and used cars both fall under the category of “used,” the difference between the two labels can seem arbitrary. In actuality, there is a difference between used and certified pre-owned cars that every customer in the Cedar Park area should know before they buy their next vehicle. Keep reading to learn the answer to, “what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” from Nyle Maxwell GMC.


CPO vs. Used: Buying a Used Car

Vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners are called “used” vehicles. Used vehicles vary in model year, mileage, and number of previous owners, making each one unique. This allows customers to purchase used vehicles at a lower cost than new vehicles. However, when a car is only “used” instead of certified pre-owned, there are some factors you should consider before buying:

  • A car with 100,000 miles or more can seem like a risk to buy. In reality, some vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles when they’ve been properly maintained and can be a good option if you have a tight budget, like the used Chevy Silverado.
  • The OEM doesn’t require standard used vehicles to be inspected before they are sold. Reputable dealerships like Nyle Maxwell GMC will still inspect the vehicle, but private sales should be approached with caution. You should have any privately sold used vehicle you are thinking of purchasing inspected by a trusted technician from the Austin area, and you should take the vehicle 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. If you plan to purchase it despite any problems, make sure you factor the cost of repairs into your budget.

CPO vs. Used: Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned vehicles are slightly more expensive than normal used vehicles, but the real answer to the question “what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” is that certified pre-owned vehicles have been thoroughly inspected by a factory-trained technician at the dealership and often includes some type of limited bumper to bumper and powertrain warranty coverage. Unlike other used vehicles, this inspection follows a stringent list of points laid out by the manufacturer. The vehicle can only be considered CPO if it has passed inspection.

To pass inspection at Nyle Maxwell GMC, the vehicle must meet these requirements:

  • 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

Another difference between CPO vs. used is that CPO cars are typically newer and have less mileage. If you want a used car with more updated features for your commutes to Pflugerville, a CPO vehicle could be a good bet.

Find Your Next Pre-Owned Vehicle at Nyle Maxwell GMC

Come to our dealership in Round Rock or browse our website to find your next pre-owned vehicle. If you have any questions, contact us, and we’ll be happy to help. Take advantage of our pre-owned vehicle specials as well.

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