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

A used RAM 1500 parked on a city street

When you’re in the market for a car, truck, or SUV at an affordable price, you may be wondering what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? While both are technically used cars, each option has its own benefits. Learn more about the differences between the two to see which best suits your driving needs and budget. The automotive experts at Thys Automotive Family have the details for our friends in the Marshalltown area and beyond.



Buying a Used Car: What You Need to Know

Used cars can vary widely when it comes to model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. Due to the wear and tear these vehicles undergo, they have a more budget-friendly price than new cars as well as most CPO vehicles. At Thys Automotive Family, you can even find an excellent selection of used cars under $10k near Cedar Rapids. A huge benefit of used cars over brand new models is that pre-owned vehicles do not depreciate as rapidly as a new vehicle.

While it was once recommended to avoid purchasing a vehicle with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, thanks to advancements in automotive technology, that is not always the case. If a high-mileage vehicle is well-maintained, it can still be an excellent buy for many Williamsburg drivers. Before purchasing a used car, there are a few things to keep mind:

  • Make sure to have any used car you’re considering looked at by a mechanic. You should also take the vehicle for a test drive.
  • If during your test drive you notice any issues with the performance of the vehicle, have the issues addressed before you buy to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive.
  • With the right maintenance, many vehicles can run smoothly well over 200,000 miles.

The Basics of CPO Vehicles

For a vehicle to be certified it must meet strict standards set by the manufacturer. In most cases this includes:

  • A model year within five years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 80,000 miles on the odometer
  • Passing a multi-point inspection
  • Warranty coverage

Certified used cars are typically newer models with less mileage. Most CPO vehicles are a bit more pricey than traditional used cars, but they offer the added peace of mind that comes with warranty protection.

CPO vs. Used – Find Your Perfect Vehicle at Thys Automotive Family

CPO vs. used? Which is best for your Marshalltown commute? At Thys Automotive Family, you will find many outstanding options just waiting for a test drive. Take your favorite for a spin today. You can also contact us with any questions about used car financing.

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Runs and Drives Excellent! Ready to go to work for what ever you need it to do! Excellent Tires & Inspected by our Technicians. Stop in or call for an appointment today!
 
Loaded Local Area Trade! 2012 Malibu LTZ with 2LZ package. NEW Tires, Power Sunroof, Heated Leather Seats, 18 Wheels, Remote Start,. Bluetooth, Fog Lamps, Digital Temperature Control and more. This Mocha Steel Metallic LTZ will get you to work or school in style, comfort and convenience. Fantastic and Clean car at a great price. See Bill in Blairstown for your test drive today or call/email anytime.
 
Rear Wheel Drive,Tow Hitch,Tow Hooks,Power Steering,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Tires - Front All-Season,Tires - Rear All-Season,Conventional Spare Tire,Steel Wheels,Conventional Spare Tire,Intermittent Wipers,Third Passenger Door,Fourth Passenger Door,AM/FM Stereo,A/C,Vinyl Seats,Fixed Bench Seat,Rear Bench Seat,Trip Computer,Engine Immobilizer,Power Outlet,Passenger Vanity Mirror,Front Reading Lamps,ABS,Driver Air Bag,Passenger Air Bag,Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch,Tire Pressure Monitor
 
EXTRA CLEAN! LOCAL TRADE This FWD Equinox is equipped with MyLink 7 Radio, Remote Start, Hands Free Calling, Voice Activated Technology and more!! Stop in to our Belle Plaine Location or call to schedule a test drive with Josh, Tyler, or Dave today!!
 
Well Maintained, Clean! This 16 Town and Country has Stow and Go seating that allows for Plenty of Room! Equipped with Heated Seats, Backup Camera, Heated Seats and More! Call our Belle Plaine Location to Schedule or Stop in to Take a Test Drive with Josh, Tyler, or Dave today!
 
2016 Chevrolet Colorado LT ONE OWNER, *Local Trade*, *ACCIDENT FREE VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT*, *Sold New Here*, Super Clean, 4x4, Well Cared For, Blade Silver Metallic, Jet Black Leather, 4-Way Power Front Passenger Seat Adjuster, Chrome Door Handles, Chrome Luxury Package, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Heated Driver & Front Passenger Seats, Heavy-Duty Trailering Package, Inside Rear-View Auto-Dimming Mirror, Outside Heated Power-Adjustable Chrome Mirrors, Power Driver Lumbar Control Seat Adjuster, Power Passenger Lumbar Control Seat Adjuster, Preferred Equipment Group 4LT, Projector-Type Headlamps, Rear Chrome Bumper, Remote keyless entry, Remote Vehicle Starter System, Single-Zone Auto Climate Control Air Conditioning. Blade Silver Metallic 4WD 6-Speed Automatic 3.6L V6 DGI DOHC VVTAwards:* 2016 KBB.com Best Buy Awards Finalist * 2016 KBB.com Best Resale Value Awards
 
2016 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost 3.5L V6 GTDi DOHC 24V Twin Turbocharged *No Accident Vehicle History Report*, *One Owner*, *Local Trade In*, With a Dual Skyscape Sunroof, Power Tonneau Cover ($2500), Running Boards, Sprau-In-Bedliner, 4D SuperCrew, 4WD, White, 2nd Row Heated Seats, ABS brakes, Chrome 3-Bar Style Grille w/Chrome Surround, Chrome Angular Step Bars, Chrome Door & Tailgate Handles w/Body-Color Bezel, Chrome Skull Caps on Exterior Mirrors, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Lariat Chrome Appearance Package, Low tire pressure warning, Remote keyless entry, Single-Tip Chrome Exhaust, Traction control, Twin Panel Moonroof, Wheels: 18 Chrome-Like PVD. Recent Arrival! Awards: * 2016 KBB.com Brand Image Awards
 
Extremely clean, 1 owner, well kept, like new Grand Cherokee Limited! Billet silver in color, black heated leather seats 1st and 2nd row, heated steering wheel, uconnect 7 touchscreen with apple car play and android auto, backup camera, rear park assist, power liftgate, remote start system, and much more! GREAT VALUE VS NEW!! come take it for a spin at our Belle Plaine location today!
 
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT *Immaculate*, 4x4, Value Buy, Red, Jet Black w/Cloth Seat Trim, ABS brakes, Alloy wheels, Bluetooth For Phone, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, EZ Lift & Lower Tailgate, Heated door mirrors, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Rear Vision Camera, Remote Keyless Entry, Single Slot CD/MP3 Player, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Traction control. Red LT2 4WD 6-Speed Automatic Electronic with Overdrive V8Odometer is 20227 miles below market average!Awards:* 2017 KBB.com 10 Most Awarded Brands
 
Sold New Here and Serviced Here! Very Clean and a Long Box too. 2015 Silverado 3500HD LTZ Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbodiesel has a Power Sunroof and NEW Factory Rims and TIRES. It was locally traded and well maintained with Heated and Cooled Leather Seats, LTZ Plus Package, 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio, Driver Alert Package, Duramax Plus Package, Engine Block Heater, Exhaust Brake, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, LTZ Plus Package, Power Adjustable Pedals, Radio: AM/FM/SiriusXM w/Chevrolet MyLink & Nav, Rear Vision Camera w/Dynamic Guide Lines, Remote Vehicle Starter System, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Trailering Equipment, Ultrasonic Front & Rear Park Assist and lots more. See Bill or Alan at our Blairstown store for more info and put this truck to work for you. This is a must see truck for comfort, style and power all in one.
 

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