North Charleston car shoppers who are hoping to save by going the pre-owned route often want to know: what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars? Even though both options are technically used, there are some added perks to be had with certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles. Rick Hendrick Chevrolet compares CPO vs. used vehicles below to help shoppers reach an informed decision.
What is meant when a dealership refers to their “used vehicles?” If a used vehicle for sale doesn’t have the “certified pre-owned” distinction before the make and model name, then it is a standard used car. Used cars have been driven by prior owners in Mount Pleasant – sometimes, more than just one owner. Used vehicle inventories often contain a wide array of makes, model years, and mileage amounts. This is why used vehicles are priced much lower than new vehicles, and often lower than their certified pre-owned counterparts.
While a high-mileage used car that’s priced under 15k may cause some apprehension, it’s worth noting that many vehicles can be counted on to go 200,000 miles or more with proper maintenance. So, even at 100,000 miles, a used car can still be a great purchase. Here are some tips to shop for used cars the smart way:
Certified pre-owned vehicles have also had previous owners. Unlike standard used vehicles, though, CPO vehicles are required by the manufacturer (the OEM) to be fully inspected and reconditioned by the dealership’s factory-trained technicians. The vehicle must pass inspection before it becomes part of the OEM’s CPO program. This is one reason why CPO vehicles tend to be priced higher than used vehicles. The other reason is that CPO purchases are protected by extended warranties and include other perks like roadside assistance packages.
Here’s a closer look at the Chevrolet CPO program requirements and benefits:
For James Island shoppers desiring new car perks and used car savings, CPO vehicles provide the best of both worlds!
We have an expansive selection of high-quality used vehicles and OEM-backed certified pre-owned vehicles in Charleston. Visit us to compare CPO vs. used options in person, and check out the extended savings available in our used vehicle specials!
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