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

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If you’re wondering what the difference is between CPO vs. used vehicles, you’re not alone. While CPO vehicles are also considered used cars, there are a few key points that set certified-pre-owned vehicles apart from traditional used cars. Learn about the differences before choosing your next car, truck, or SUV. McGrath Acura of Westmont, near Naperville, has all of the details.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles have had a previous owner, and they can vary widely when it comes to model year, mileage, and a number of previous owners. The main benefit of used cars is that they are more affordable than brand new models and CPO vehicles. In fact, we even have an inventory of used cars under $10,000 for sale in Westmont. Another huge advantage of used cars is less worry about depreciation.

While a car with 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, the truth is that some vehicles can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with routine maintenance and care. When shipping for a used car, there are still a few things to keep in mind.

  • Always thoroughly inspect any used car you may purchase, and be sure to take a test drive.
  • 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.
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles when the previous owner(s) have kept up with the proper maintenance schedule.

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What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of a CPO program, and these vehicles must meet the strict requirements of the manufacturer. Vehicles in the Acura CPO program must:

  • Pass a rigorous 182-point inspection
  • Have 80,000 miles or less on the odometer
  • Be less than 6 years old

Certified used cars are typically newer models with less mileage. They are usually more expensive than used cars, but they’re still cost less than a brand new model. If you’re looking for more updated features for your Downers Grove commutes, a CPO vehicle is the perfect option.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at McGrath Acura of Westmont

Now that we’ve answered, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, it’s time to explore our CPO and used vehicle for sale. Once you find a used car that catches your attention, be sure to set up a test drive. At McGrath Acura of Westmont, we can’t wait to help you find your dream car at a price that won’t break the bank. You can even learn more about financing at a bank vs. dealership or leasing a car with bad creditContact us today.


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