What is the Difference Between Buying a Car Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned?


If you’d like to learn the difference between buying a used and certified pre-owned vehicle, we’re here to help. While both used and certified pre-owned vehicles are technically both types of vehicles that have had a previous owner, there are many key differences that differentiate used vehicles from similar CPO cars, trucks, and SUVs for Roseville drivers. Learn them all below with Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Buying a Used Car: What You Should Know

Used cars are simply vehicles that have had previous owners or drivers. Accordingly, any Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle can be bought used, along with any vehicle from other popular makes. Used vehicles vary widely in price, mileage, condition, and more. Here at Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we strive to provide used cars for a variety of buyers, including those on a budget of under $10,000. We also offer plenty of rotating used vehicle specials.

Used vehicles are available with different mileages on their odometers. Many of our customers prefer vehicles with less than 100,000 miles, but whenever buying a used car, there are other factors to take into account too, such as:

  • Don’t make an offer on a vehicle before a thorough inspection and test-drive, no matter the apparent condition.
  • Communicate to the used vehicle’s buyer your concerns about any issues and don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price accordingly (but be fair, too).
  • Many used vehicles now last upwards of 200,000 miles, and are even available with the kind of features you might only expect to find in a brand-new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle.

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned: What You Should Know

Certified pre-owned vehicles are available across a variety of automakers, and each program offers something unique to that brand. That said, most certified pre-owned cars must offer these benefits in order to be certified:

  • The vehicle must be at least seven years old or newer
  • The vehicle must have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer
  • A multi-point inspection must be required prior to certification
  • Available extended warranties and/or standard limited powertrain warranties are usually part of the certified pre-owned coverage

Why should you consider buying CPO vs. used? Most often, Folsom and Elk Grove buyers appreciate the warranty coverage that comes with buying certified, plus the mileage and age restrictions. For these buyers, buying CPO is a good compromise between buying used and buying new, providing plenty of benefits for less than a new car, but slightly more than a used car.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Ready to get behind-the-wheel of a certified pre-owned Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or RAM from us here at Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Sacramento? We’re here to help provide you with what you need! Contact us today to learn more, or for next steps, apply for financing online.

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