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

Pre-Owned Vehicles

Have you always wondered how CPO vs. used vehicles compares? There are several distinctions between the two, and the Tenneson Nissan experts are here to answer your questions about used cars to help you make the right purchase decision. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Find out in this handy guide from Tenneson Nissan.

What You Should Know About Used Car Buying

Used vehicles had previous owners and will vary in make, model, year, mileage, and more. Because of these variances, and that they had previous owners, they are more affordable than new and CPO vehicles. On a tight budget? At Tenneson Nissan, we offer a comprehensive inventory of used vehicles priced under $10K! We’ll work with you to help you find the used vehicle that’s right for your budget without exceeding your budget.

Another difference between the two is the mileage. Even though a used car with 100,000 miles may seem risky, the truth is that many vehicles can last beyond hundreds of thousands of miles with regular, documented service. When shopping for a used vehicle, keep these car-buying tips in mind:

  • Even though OEMs don’t require standard used cars to be inspected before sale, Tenneson Nissan works hard to ensure that you’re getting the most value out of your vehicle. If you choose to go through a private seller, do so with caution as they don’t have the same reputation as a dealership.
  • Be sure to discuss any issues that you notice with the vehicle, either with the dealer or private seller. If you decide to buy the guy, include those repairs in your vehicle budget.
  • With proper maintenance and care, vehicles can last 200,000 miles. High-mileage used cars are not always bad options, especially if you’re on a budget.

What You Should Know About Buying a CPO Vehicle

While certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles had previous owners, they’re not the standard used vehicles found on a dealer’s lot. Each one is thoroughly inspected by a certified technician and backed by manufacturer warranties. For a Nissan vehicle to become part of the CPO program, it:

  • Must be less than six years old
  • Must have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer
  • Must have a clean, non-branded title
  • Must pass an incredibly stringent 167-point inspection from a mechanic who has been trained by Nissan

Compare CPO vs. Used Vehicles With Tenneson Nissan!

We’ve answered, “what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned,” now it’s time to visit our Tifton dealership to find the model that’s right for your driving needs and budget. Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions.


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