What Is The Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned Cars?

2020 Nissan Altima Side View
On the search for your next Martinsville ride? Then, you have probably seen both used and certified pre-owned vehicles for sale. But what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars exactly? While both types of cars have been previously used by another driver, certified pre-owned or CPO vehicles are held to strict standards from their OEM (original engine manufacturer). Learn more about CPO vs. used cars with Gunter Nissan of Martinsville below!

Buying a Used Vehicle

Car buyers who are on a tight budget or don’t want to worry about depreciation over time consider buying a used car for their Danville commutes. Used vehicles vary when it comes to model year, the number of previous owners, and mileage amount. Depending on these factors, some cars are even priced under $15,000!  So how do you know which used car you should buy? Consider the following before making a purchase:

  • If you see used vehicles with 100,000 miles or more for sale, you might think the miles are limited and it is risky to drive in one. However, some cars can keep on going on the roads safely as long as it is up to date with routine maintenance. If you are on an extremely tight budget, cars with high mileage could be a good option for you.
  • One of the main differences between CPO vs. used vehicles is that the OEM doesn’t need to inspect standard used vehicles before they are put on sale. However, dealerships like Gunter Nissan of Martinsville will still inspect the vehicle for safety and quality. With private sales, you will need to get the car inspected by a technician and take it for a test drive.
  • Find out if the car has any issues regarding its condition and performance, so you can be aware of any costs of repairs.

Buying a CPO Car

If you want extra peace of mind for your new-to-you car, then you should consider looking at CPO vehicles. Certified cars are inspected by a factory-trained technician at the dealership under more rigorous requirements.  Check out the requirements for the Nissan CPO program:

  • Must be less than 6 years from the original in-service date
  • Have fewer than 80,000 miles
  • A study of the vehicle’s history with its results in a CARFAX® vehicle history report™
  • A comprehensive, 167-point vehicle inspection

All Nissan CPO vehicles come with benefits, including vehicle warranty coverage from the manufacturer:

  • A 7-year / 100,000 limited powertrain warranty
  • Roadside assistance
  • 3-year buyback guarantee from CARFAX®

Along with the manufacturer’s warranty and other benefits, many Roanoke drivers find CPO vehicles to be valuable. When deciding how to settle the CPO vs. used vehicle battle, some drivers ultimately choose certified vehicles since there are newer features.

Find Your New-To-You Vehicle at Gunter Nissan of Martinsville!

Now that you know what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, browse our used inventory in Ridgeway to find your next ride! Be sure to check our used vehicle specials and see your trade-in value if you have a current vehicle. Contact us if you have any questions!


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