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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