Differences Between Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned?

car for sale sign on a used vehicle


If you’re hunting for a fresh set of wheels, you may be asking, “What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” Like many Bellaire drivers, you may not be totally certain what a certified pre-owned (CPO) model is and what benefits come with buying one. Luckily, Serra Volkswagen of Traverse City is here to help you compare certified pre-owned vs. used so you can make an informed purchase decision. Review our CPO vs. used car buying guide below!

CPO vs. Used: What You Need to Know About Buying Used

When comparing used vs. certified pre-owned models, both options have had at least one previous owner. However, standard used cars vary more greatly in terms of make, mileage, year, and condition. Because of these differences, used cars are much more affordable than new models and many CPO options. In fact, you can find a range of used cars priced under $10k, when shopping with our team near Bellaire. When car hunting and comparing certified pre-owned vs. used, keep the following in mind:

  • Despite the fact that OEMs don’t require standard used cars to be inspected before a sale, Serra Volkswagen of Traverse City works hard to ensure that each model we sell is worth every penny. We offer high-quality pre-owned models that can go the distance. The same can’t be said for lesser dealerships or the private market. 
  • If you spot any issues with a vehicle you intend to purchase, mention them right away. If you still plan to make the purchase, negotiate to get the cost of repairs covered. 
  • With routine care, many vehicles can travel upwards of 200,000 miles with relative ease. If you’re looking for a true bargain, a high mileage model can be a great fit. 

CPO vs. Used: What You Need to Know About Buying CPO

As you consider a CPO model, it’s natural to compare used vs. certified pre-owned as standard used cars are often the most familiar. CPO cars are thoroughly inspected and come backed by strong warranty plans to add to your peace of mind during your commute from Kalkaska to Lake City. VW CPO requirements include:

  • Model year is within six years of the current model year
  • Fewer than 75,000 miles
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

Generally, when you look at used vs. certified pre-owned, you find that CPO models are newer with less mileage. Beyond that, Volkwagen CPO models come with a passing grade on a 100+ point inspection, a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™, and limited warranty coverage. 

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Serra Volkswagen of Traverse City

Along with helping you compare certified pre-owned vs. used, our team offers a range of car buying tips to help put you behind the wheel of a vehicle you’ll love. We can help you discern what’s considered good mileage for a used model and much more! Visit us in Traverse City to test drive a new to you car today.

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