What Is the Difference Between Used & Certified Pre-Owned?

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You’re not the first car shopper to ask, “What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” The main difference between the two is that although certified pre-owned cars are used, not all used cars can or will be certified pre-owned. This is because CPO vehicles have to meet certain requirements set by the OEM. Read on to learn more about how CPO vs. used cars compare, so you can choose the right option for you.



Buying a Used Car

What makes used cars “used” is the fact that they’ve had previous owners. They also vary in terms of make, model, year, and mileage. This is why used cars are less expensive than new and CPO cars. At Volume Chevrolet, you can find a used car for sale for under $10k. Here, you’ll find a cost-effective option that meets your needs.

In any case, you’ll want to keep the following in mind when shopping:

  • There are no requirements set by OEMs for used cars. However, Volume Chevrolet wants to make sure our customers get the best possible value. Our used cars are chosen based on their condition and reliability.
  • If you notice any issues with the vehicle you’re considering, you’ll want to address them with the seller or move onto another vehicle.
  • Some vehicles can last 200,000+ miles with the proper maintenance and service. Before choosing a high-mileage vehicle, make sure its service history is well-documented.

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car

Certified pre-owned cars have had previous owners, but they’re different from your average used car. These vehicles are vigorously inspected by certified technicians and must pass checklists issued by the OEM. In the case of a Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, you can expect it to meet the following requirements:

  • 12-Month/12,000-Mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty
  • 6-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance Program
  • SiriusXM® 3-month trial subscription
  • OnStar® Limited Trial

Certified pre-owned cars are late-model vehicles with a limited number of miles on their odometers. That being said, they’re more affordable than new cars but are more expensive than used cars. So, if you’re searching for a used car backed by warranty coverage, roadside assistance, and more, choose a certified pre-owned car.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Volume Chevrolet

Now, you know the answer to the question, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” If you’re searching for a used car, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for in our used inventory. Contact us online or call us at 770-450-0953 to schedule a test drive. In the meantime, browse our pre-owned vehicle specials for great offers on a used car.


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