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


If you’re shopping for a pre-owned vehicle, you may be wondering, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” The main difference is: all certified pre-owned vehicles are used but not all used vehicles are certified pre-owned. Before you drive home to Los Angeles in a pre-owned vehicle, learn more about CPO vs. used and make the right decision for your lifestyle!

What is a Used Car?

Unlike new cars, pre-owned cars have one or more previous owners. The wide variety of options is one of the largest benefits of buying used; you’ll find used cars from different model years and with high or low mileage. For this reason, pre-owned cars are priced lower than new and certified pre-owned cars, and buyers don’t need to worry about rapid value depreciation. The mileage on a pre-owned car depends on how often the previous driver/s drove it. Contrary to popular belief, high mileage on a car isn’t always a negative. If a car has high mileage but a complete and detailed service record, chances are it runs just fine. You’d be better off choosing a high-mileage car that’s up-to-date on service than a low-mileage car that’s been neglected. During your search for a used car, keep the following pointers in mind:

  • Make sure you inspect any used vehicle that catches your eye and take it for a test drive to get a feel for how it drives.
  • If you notice any issues with the vehicle’s condition or performance, discuss them with the seller and ask questions.
  • Again, if a vehicle is well-maintained, there’s a good chance it’ll last well beyond 100,000+ miles.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Car?

Certified pre-owned vehicles meet the requirements of an OEM’s certified pre-owned program and offer greater peace of mind than your average used car. The Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Program, for example, is one of the most rigorous in the industry. When you buy a CPO Mercedes-Benz, you can expect the following:

  • In-depth multi-point inspection performed by a certified technician
  • Repairs performed with genuine Mercedes-Benz parts
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report
  • Balance of the new car warranty plus a 1-year /unlimited miles warranty
  • No deductible
  • Transferrable coverage
  • 7-day/500-mile Vehicle Exchange Privilege
  • Trip Interruption Coverage

Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles must be less than six years old and have fewer than 75,000 miles on their odometers. They tend to come at higher prices than standard pre-owned cars, but the additional warranty protection and added benefits make for worthwhile incentives.

Compare CPO vs. Used Vehicles at Mercedes-Benz of Arcadia!

Now that you know the answer to the question, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned,” you can browse our selection of used and CPO Mercedes-Benz vehicles with confidence. Contact us to schedule a test drive near Pasadena and Alhambra!

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