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

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If you’re shopping around the Union and South Plainfield area for a reliable pre-owned vehicle, you may be wondering: “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” Both can be great options for you to save on recent Honda sedans, SUVs, and more, and thankfully VIP Honda carries both classifications. Learn more with our CPO vs. used car breakdown.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Every used vehicle you look at will vary in terms of the model year, mileage, condition, and the number of previous owners. However, you will surely save much more than you would if you opted for a new model. Not to mention that new vehicles depreciate in value much faster. One of the first things used car buyers will asses is mileage, and while some may suggest you stay away from vehicles under $10,000 or cars that have more than 100,000 miles, this doesn’t mean these vehicles are a bad choice. If it was kept in great condition, then it may be right for you. These are some additional things to know when you head out to the lot and look for your next used vehicle:

  • Thoroughly inspect any used vehicle you’re considering and take it for a test drive before making an offer.
  • Discuss any issues with the seller in terms of vehicle condition or performance issues that may arise, to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive.
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

If you decide to shop around for a certified pre-owned vehicle, you can enjoy the fact that many CPO cars are models that have only been used slightly by previous owners. You’ll also feel confident knowing that every CPO model has been reviewed for durability, reliability, and quality by our expert service team. CPO cars are classified with the following criteria:

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

Find Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles for Sale at VIP Honda

After learning more about the difference between CPO vs. used you can check out more features like leasing a used car, liability insurance, repair financing, or leasing vs. financing. And, be sure to discover all the ways you can save on the latest Honda models with our selection of used, certified pre-owned, and vehicles under $10k. Contact us to speak with a member of our finance team and schedule a test drive near Kenilworth!

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