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

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Many Farmington and Cortez drivers wonder, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars for sale?” Well, let Nissan of Durango break down both options in order to help you with your next vehicle purchase. Compare CPO vs. used cars and learn helpful tips when you’re shopping around for a used or certified pre-owned vehicle to ensure you get the best quality sedan, SUV, van, or truck.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

No used vehicle is the same, as each model will vary in terms of the model year, mileage, condition, and the number of previous owners. Standard used cars will typically cost significantly less than certified pre-owned vehicles, including many used cars under $10,000, which eliminate your worry as an owner regarding depreciation. Drivers that come across used vehicles with more than 100,000 miles may not pay them any mind, even though there are many quality used vehicle options that can last much longer than that if they’ve been given the right routine maintenance and care. Use these tips when looking at used vehicles:

  • 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

Drivers interested in certified pre-owned vehicles will find that they are still getting a used vehicle, but one that has passed certain dealership requirements and inspections to ensure the quality and reliability of the vehicle. Certified pre-owned vehicles will have been used for a lesser amount of time and are typically higher in price than a regular used car. This enables a driver to get the latest features and models for more affordable prices. The CPO requirements generally include:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally, the vehicle will have less than 80,000 miles but sometimes up to 100,000 miles
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Nissan of Durango

Have we answered your question of, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” Check out our selection of used and certified pre-owned vehicles available at Nissan of Durango, and contact us if you need further information on used and certified pre-owned models. No matter what model suits you, let our finance department help you discover the best option for your budget. Also, be sure to schedule a test drive near Pagosa Springs and Aztec once you’ve found the used or CPO vehicle you like best!

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