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

Mercedes-Benz Key Fob

If you’re not sure what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, you’re not the only Oakwood driver who’s confused. While both of these vehicles are used, there are notable distinctions between CPO vs. used models. Before visiting used car dealerships in Centerville for your next car, truck, or SUV, find out which type of used vehicle is best for you with our guide to the differences between used and certified pre-owned vehicles!

Buying a Used Car


Having been previously driven by other owners, used vehicles vary in terms of mileage, model year, and number of previous owners. Due to this previous use, they are priced at a lower cost than not only new vehicles, but certified pre-owned vehicles as well. Because these vehicles aren’t new, you don’t have to worry about depreciation, and you can even find models priced under $10,000.

While many think cars with over 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, with today’s advancements cars can last for hundreds of thousands of miles. Even so, you’ll want to make sure you consider the following:

  • Before making an offer, make sure you take the vehicle for a test drive and thoroughly inspect the model.
  • Note any issues and discuss any vehicle condition or performance issues that arise to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive.
  • With proper maintenance, some cars and SUVs can last 200,000 miles or more.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe

Buying a CPO Car

To qualify for a CPO program, certified pre-owned vehicles have certain requirements that must be met. For Mercedes-Benz vehicles, this means

  • Having a clear CARFAX® Vehicle History Report
  • Less than 75,000 miles and under 6 years old
  • Passing a 165+ multi-point inspection
  • Qualifies for the 12 months with unlimited miles Certified Pre-Owned Warranty

If you’re looking for more updated features for your Kettering commutes, but still want to avoid new vehicle prices, then you might want to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Shop Our Used Cars in Centerville

Now that you know the difference between used and certified pre-owned models, it’s time to explore our CPO and used cars in Centerville. Once you find a model that you’re interested in, schedule a test drive at our Centerville showroom.

 

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