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

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If you’ve decided that you want a used car, you’re probably wondering, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars?” Both are pre-owned and have previous owners, but only certified pre-owned cars offer benefits like manufacturer warranties, a perfect grade on multi-point inspections, and more. Below, you can learn more about certified pre-owned vs. used cars, so you can decide which is right for you.

 

 

What to Know About Used Cars

Pre-owned cars have previous owners and vary in terms of mileage. Mileage is a big factor to consider when choosing a used car. With routine service, a car can last 100,000+ miles and continue to operate reliability. When you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll also want to keep the following points in mind:

  • There are no OEM requirements for used cars like there are for CPO vehicles, but reputable dealers like Moon Township Mazda hand-pick used cars for quality. This is a good reason to buy a used car from a dealer vs. a private seller.
  • If you notice any issues with a used car that you’re considering, voice those concerns to the seller. If you choose to purchase a used car in spite of its issues, that’s your decision — just include the repair costs in your budget.
  • Cars with high mileage aren’t necessarily a bad choice, especially if they have a well-documented service history.

What to Know About CPO Cars

Like used cars, certified pre-owned vehicles have previous owners, but these cars are held to a higher standard than your average used car. Most OEMs have a certified pre-owned program with specific requirements that potential CPO vehicles must meet. When it comes to the Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Program, the requirements are as follows:

  • 12-month/12,000-mile CPO Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • Zero deductible on covered repairs
  • 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
  • 160-point detailed inspection
  • AutoCheck® Vehicle History Report
  • Complimentary 3-month SiriusXM® trial
  • Transfer benefits

Certified pre-owned vehicles usually have lower mileage, and as a result, are pricier than standard used cars. They’re also late-model vehicles and include a lot of the latest features from the brand.

Find Pre-Owned Cars for Sale Moon Township Mazda

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to compare certified pre-owned vs. used cars, it’s time to find the vehicle for you at Moon Township Mazda. We’re a premier Moon Township used car dealer, and we’re proud to offer under-$10k used cars and pre-owned vehicle specials to help you save. We’re also your source for Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles that are backed by warranty protection and more. Contact us online or call us at 888-664-7267 to schedule a test drive in Moon Twp!

 

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