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

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There are many kinds of used cars on the streets of New Haven. Do you know what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned—CPO— cars? It’s helpful information to have in narrowing down your options to what’s best for your budget and how you drive. Join Acura of Milford in learning more about the difference between used and certified pre-owned, and how CPO vs. used cars compare for Fairfield driving. 

CPO vs. Used: Kinds of Used Cars

There are many different kinds of used cars that run the gamut in price and condition, model year, mileage, and how well their history has been documented. Some will be budget priced, while others that are like-new might be eligible for certified pre-owned status. One thing that CPO vs. used cars have in common is they don’t experience the sharp degree of depreciation drivers experience when they buy new cars. Here’s what you can expect with used cars that aren’t certified:

  • While the service department at Acura of Milford inspects all used cars before they’re sold at our dealership, standard used cars aren’t required by their manufacturer to undergo an OEM-mandated inspection process. 
  • When you purchase a regular used car, factor in what you might need to pay down the road in repairs and maintenance. 
  • With the improvements in automotive technology in recent years, a properly-maintained vehicle can top 200,000 miles. Don’t let high mileage be a deterrent in purchasing a well-maintained vehicle if it otherwise fits your budget and needs. 

CPO vs. Used: Benefits of a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

When you purchase an Acura certified pre-owned vehicle, you know it’s met standards set forth by Acura to ensure that the vehicle is like-new. Here’s what you get when you purchase an Acura certified pre-owned vehicle:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • A 182-point inspection
  • Offered with 7-year/100,00-mile powertrain warranty and 2-year/100,000-mile non-powertrain coverage

While the price of an Acura certified pre-owned vehicle will likely be higher than that of other used cars, you’ll get a like-new Acura experience with the benefits of warranty coverage. In fact, IntelliChoice named the Acura CPO warranty the best among premium auto brands. 

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Acura of Milford

Now that you know what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned, shop for the one that best suits your needs at Acura of Milford! Get a head start on the buying process when you apply for financing with us.

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