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

Used cars on a car lot


If you’re in the market for a used car for your Elmhurst commute, you might be asking yourself, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned CPO vs. used?” There are quite a few differences between the two that are important to know before you head over to your Clarendon Hills dealership. Learn more about the difference between used and CPO with INFINITI of Clarendon Hills today! For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!

What You Need to Know About Used Car Buying

Used cars are vehicles that have had previous owners, and are usually made up of various makes, models, years, and mileage. These vehicles are usually more affordable due to having an owner previously and cost less than CPO vehicles. Traditional used vehicles are more attainable to many Downers Grove drivers, especially those on a budget. 

Mileage can also vary significantly with used vehicles. In most cases, a used car with over 100,000 miles could last for many years and is often a good buy, especially if they have a well-documented service history. In addition to answering the question, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned CPO vs. used, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • The experts at INFINITI of Clarendon Hills want to make sure that our used vehicles are thoroughly inspected, even if it’s not required by the OEM. This is why it’s always better to purchase a used car through a trusted Clarendon Hills dealership instead of a private sale.
  • It’s important to mention any types of issues you might notice when looking at the vehicle, and factor in the cost of repairs into your budget. 
  • Most vehicles can last up to 200,000 miles if they are well-maintained, therefore, vehicles with high mileage could be an extremely good buy, especially if you’re on a budget. 

What You Need to Know When Buying a CPO Car

There are a few things you should know when purchasing a certified pre-owned (CPO) car, as they are the same as your traditional used vehicles. CPO cars must go through a thorough OEM inspection and include manufacture warranties similar to those you’d receive on new vehicles. Vehicles considered for this program must meet the following criteria to be considered certified pre-owned:

  • Model year is within six years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 60,000 miles, sometimes up to 100,000 miles 
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

You’ll notice that certified pre-owned vehicles are often newer and have less mileage on the odometer. However, they are significantly more expensive than traditional used vehicles and include the perks of a warranty. 

Find Pre-Owned Vehicles at INFINITI of Clarendon Hills Today!

Now that we’ve answered the question, “What is the difference between certified pre-owned CPO vs. used, come see our impressive used vehicle inventory at INFINITI of Clarendon Hills today! Meet with our finance center to start the buying process, and take advantage of our used vehicle specials to save near Westmont!

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