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

Interested in learning the difference between CPO vs. used vehicles? Our team at Honda Mall of Georgia can help. While both categories technically fall under the “used” category, there are important distinctions between used and certified pre-owned vehicles you’ll want to be on the lookout for. Read on to get a better understanding of the CPO vs. used meaning and more!


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What to Know About Buying a Used Car

In short, used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously driven by other owners. Used models can vary in terms of model year, mileage, and even number of previous owners. Because of this, these models are priced lower than new vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles. Since these vehicles aren’t new, you don’t have to worry about depreciation. However, you’ll still want to pay attention to each vehicle to ensure you’re getting the right option for you. Though a car with 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, but the truth is that some vehicles, when well maintained, can last for hundreds of years to come. Even so, remember:

  • Standard used vehicles are not required by the OEM to be inspected before being sold. Dealerships like Honda Mall of Georgia can be counted on to still inspect the vehicle for safety and quality, but you should approach private sales with greater caution. Any privately sold used vehicle you’re considering should be inspected by a trusted technician and taken for a test drive before making an offer.
  • Discuss any issues in terms of vehicle condition or performance that arise, to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive. If you plan to purchase it despite any problems, make sure you factor the cost of repairs into your budget.
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance, so a high-mileage used car could well be a good option if you’re on a tight budget.


What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

One of the main differences between certified pre-owned vehicles and used vehicles is that CPO models are used vehicles that have been thoroughly inspected by a factory-trained technician. This inspection follows a stringent list of points laid out by the manufacturer. If the vehicle passes inspection, only then can it be considered part of the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program. The requirements for the Honda CPO program are as follows:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 80,000 miles, sometimes up to 100,000 miles
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

Also, certified used cars are typically newer models with less mileage than a used vehicle. While they come at a higher price than used cars, they are still more affordable than buying a new car. Interested in newer technology and features? You may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned vehicle over a used model.


Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Honda Mall of Georgia

Explore our inventory of CPO and used vehicles for sale in Buford today to find the one that best fits your driving needs and budget. Once you’re ready, schedule a test drive or get in touch with our team to get the financing process started.



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