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

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Technically, certified pre-owned vehicles also fall under the umbrella of used cars. However, not every used car is certified pre-owned. Wondering what kind of used car can meet your needs in Sterling Heights? Explore the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles in the guide below from Moran Chevrolet, Inc..



CPO vs. Used: Buying a Used Car

All used vehicles have been previously driven by another owner. Each used SUV, sedan, or truck is unique since they all vary in terms of model year, mileage, number of previous owners, and use history. This is why they are available at a lower price than new vehicles. It’s also why their price may vary from vehicle to vehicle, even if they’re the same model.

Standard used vehicles in the Macomb Township area often have this trait in common:

  • The OEM doesn’t require them to be inspected before being sold: Reputable Clinton Township dealerships like Moran Chevrolet, Inc.will inspect every used vehicle, but a standard used vehicle doesn’t have standards for its inspection set by the OEM. Privately sold used vehicles aren’t required to be inspected at all, so we recommend having any vehicle you are thinking about buying carefully inspected by a third-party mechanic.

CPO vs. Used: Buying a CPO Car

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? CPO vehicles are used vehicles that meet strict standards for age and mileage and have passed a thorough inspection by a factory-trained technician. The original manufacturer of the vehicle will have a stringent list of points that must be met in order for the vehicle to qualify. For this reason, CPO vehicles are often in like-new condition and can be counted on to log long miles across Macomb Township. CPO vehicles will also have these traits:

  • Model year will be within five years of the current model year.
  • Less than 80,000 miles, or sometimes less than 100,000 miles.
  • Successfully passed a multi-point inspection.
  • Frequently offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties.

CPO vehicles often cost more than regular used vehicles, but they still are much more affordable compared to buying new.

Your Next CPO or Used Vehicle is Waiting at Moran Chevrolet, Inc.

If you’re looking for a CPO or used vehicle near Saint Clair Shores, contact us here at Moran Chevrolet, Inc. and we can help you find just what you’re looking for. We can give you a tour of our inventory, or even take you for a test drive. We look forward to seeing you!


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