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

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You’ve heard of new and used vehicles, but what’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? While both categories are considered “used vehicles”, there are important differences between CPO vs. used models that may make all the difference in your purchasing decisions. Explore the benefits of both, and stop by Don Ringler Chevrolet to take a look at your options up close.



CPO vs. Used: Buying a Used Car

A used car is a broad term that simply means the vehicle has had a previous owner. The car may have had multiple owners or just one, thousands of miles or very few, tons of maintenance or none at all. Because the vehicle has already gone through depreciation, used models are much more affordable than a new car. You can even find used cars priced under 10k! But, there are some things to keep in mind while shopping in Salado.

  • While dealerships like Don Ringler Chevrolet inspect every vehicle for quality, private sellers are a different story. Because there is no inspection process, consider bringing your own trusted technician to an appointment from a third-party seller – and be sure to take a test drive!
  • If there are any issues as far as condition or vehicle performance, consider the cost of repairs. A lower priced vehicle with easily fixed problems may be a steal of a deal, but you might find that the repair bills push that car past budget. Think of the big picture when shopping.
  • High-mileage used vehicles are a good option for those on a budget, provided the car was well maintained. Cars and SUVs with proper maintenance can last over 200,000 miles, so remember that mileage is just one part of the picture.

CPO vs. Used: Buying a CPO Car

If you feel nervous about buying used, a CPO vehicle just might be the perfect choice. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Each CPO model is thoroughly inspected by a factory-trained technician at the dealership. That means the model meets the strict criteria set in place by the manufacturer, and the car passed an intensive 175-point inspection by a professional. Requirements include:

  • Less than 6 years old
  • Fewer than 75,000 miles
  • Clean title

Plus, CPO models include a warranty and benefits package to give you even more confidence on the Killeen roads.

Find Out More with Don Ringler Chevrolet

You’ve seen the key difference between CPO vs. used models, now test drive a few models in person at Don Ringler Chevrolet. Our experts are ready to find your perfect vehicle, so contact us with any questions or stop by Temple to start searching for your dream car.

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