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

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Have you started your search for a pre-owned vehicle in Hood River? If you have, you know that you have two options to select from: certified pre-owned vehicles and used vehicles. Those who are new to the car-buying process may be unsure about what, exactly, the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles. We’re here to help!

In simple terms, certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are used cars that meet specific criteria, but you’ll still pay less than the new vehicle MSRP. Every used car we sell is thoroughly inspected by our professional technicians for quality, condition, and more to determine if it meets the brand’s standards to be sold as CPO. Learn more about what it means for a car to be certified pre-owned in this guide from C. H. Urness Motors Co.!

CPO Requirements at C. H. Urness Motors Co.

Although you can expect the the details vary between different car brands, most CPO vehicles must meet the following requirements:

  • Be under five years old.
  • Must pass a history check.
  • Have fewer than 75,000 miles.
  • Pass a 125-point inspection.

Benefits of Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Now that you know the difference, what exactly are the benefits of a CPO vs. used vehicle? Each model must meet its brand’s standard for age, mileage, and condition. Because of this, you can expect longevity, certified quality, and reliability while driving on Goldendale, WA roads. Additional benefits include: 

  • Vehicle History Report: This required report gives important information regarding accident and repair history, previous ownership and usage history. 
  • CPO Warranty: CPO vehicle coverage includes a factory-backed 7-year / 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 3-month / 3,000-mile Maximum Care Limited Warranty, giving you the peace of mind you need. 

Benefits of Used Vehicles

All of our used vehicles—whether they’re CPO or not—are rigorously inspected by our technicians to make sure they meet our high standards. While used cars don’t come with all of the benefits of CPO vehicles, they have their own set of benefits: 

  • Older vehicles don’t always have the latest technology features like touch screens, but this can be a plus for a driver who prefers simple controls on their dashboard.
  • Are you someone who doesn’t take many long road trips? You can get a great deal on a used car if you mainly need it for short drives around Portland. 
  • If you’re working with a tighter budget, the used car selection is typically wider. You’ll have a variety of options to make sure you can find the right fit for your budget. 

Shop Used Vehicles for Sale in The Dalles Today

Ready to shop for your used car? Start at C. H. Urness Motors Co.! Our finance department will make the process as smooth as possible from start to finish—so you can drive off the lot with the perfect vehicle. Contact us if you have any questions about used car lease options or other car-buying topics!

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