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

A pre-owned Land Rover Defender driving in a city

If you are in the market for a dependable vehicle in like-new condition that won’t stretch your budget thin, you may have been exploring the outstanding pre-owned inventory right here at Land Rover San Diego. During your search, you have likely come across both used and certified pre-owned models. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? While CPO models also fall under the used vehicle umbrella, these models have their own unique perks. If you are still wondering what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned, we have compared the two options in this helpful guide.



Tips for Purchasing a Used Vehicle

Used cars have had at least one previous owner, and the used cars we have in stock can vary significantly in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. This is why they are often more affordable than certified pre-owned models. Used cars depreciate much slower than new cars, making them an excellent investment for many drivers in the Del Mar area. Thanks to advancements in automotive technology, vehicles are lasting longer than ever, so buying used is an even better value than it once was.

Before you select a used car, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Standard used vehicles do not require an inspection before they are resold. The team at Land Rover San Diego does inspect each of the used cars on our lot so you can drive with complete peace of mind. Approach private sales around Rancho Santa Fe with caution, and if you do decide to buy from a private seller, take a test drive and have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic before signing on the dotted line.
  • A used car that needs a bit of TLC can still be an excellent buy. Just remember that the costs of any repairs and maintenance should be factored into your budget.
  • When cared for properly, many used cars can last more than 200,000 miles. If you are shopping on a tight budget, it may be beneficial to look for high-mileage used cars.

Tips for Buying a CPO Car

To become a certified pre-owned model, a vehicle must undergo a rigorous inspection and meet strict standards from the manufacturer. If a vehicle meets the automaker’s requirements, it can become part of the CPO program.

Added perks of the Land Rover CPO program include the following:

  • Transferable warranty coverage
  • Vehicle history report
  • Roadside assistance
  • No deductible
  • Trip interruption benefits

CPO vehicles are generally newer models with fewer moles on the odometer. That is why although they are more affordable than a new car, they are still priced higher than standard used cars and used SUVs.

Find Reliable Pre-Owned Options at Land Rover San Diego

Our team has now answered the question, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” If you have decided which option is the best fit for you, explore our current inventory or stop by in person to set up a test drive. Contact us today if you have any questions.

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