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

Pre-Owned Vehicles

Many Tri-Cities buyers often wonder, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? There are actually a few important differences you should take into account prior to purchasing. Let’s learn more about certified pre-owned vs. used with the experts at Camp Chevrolet! For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!

What You Need to Know When Buying a Used Car

When comparing certified pre-owned vs. used, you might find yourself confused over the difference between the two. So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? You might come across various makes, models, years, and mileage when looking for a used car, which makes them less expensive than a certified pre-owned or brand new vehicle. 

One of the main areas where used cars vary is in mileage. Many Spokane Valley buyers might shy away from purchasing vehicles with over 100,000 miles, however, with proper maintenance, this shouldn’t be an issue. Let’s check out a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a used car: 

  • The staff at Camp Chevrolet inspects all used vehicles to ensure that our valued customers receive a quality vehicle. However, if you plan on purchasing from a private seller, you should always take it to a mechanic prior to purchase. 
  • If you see any type of issue on the vehicle, we recommend letting the dealership or private seller know. If there are a few small issues with the vehicle, be sure to incorporate the additional money into your budget. 
  • If vehicles are maintained properly, they can last well over 200,000 miles. You can often get a great deal on used cars with high mileage.

What You Need to Know When Buying a CPO Car

Purchasing a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle is another great option to consider when comparing CPO vs. used. CPO vehicles must pass an inspection by a certified technician and must meet a number of criteria. Let’s check this out below:

  • Car is no more than five years old
  • Has less than 80,000 miles, however, some could go up to 100,000 miles 
  • A rigorous multi-point inspection
  • Extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties similar to new vehicles.

Come Buy Your Next Pre-Owned Vehicle at Camp Chevrolet!

Now that you’ve compared certified pre-owned vs. used, you can make the decision of which vehicle is right for you. Shop Camp Chevrolet used vehicle inventory and meet with our finance center to start the buying process. Be sure to take advantage of our used vehicle specials to save near Post Falls!

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