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

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Are you wondering, “What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” Our customers often ask us this question as they shop for a used car in Ontario. There are differences between these two types of pre-owned cars. The team at John Elway's Crown Toyota are happy to answer your questions. Below, you can compare CPO vs. used cars, so you can decide which option makes more sense for you. 

Used Car Buying: What You Need to Know

Pre-owned cars have been owned previously. They vary in terms of make, model, year, mileage, and more. This is why used cars are more affordable than new and certified pre-owned vehicles. In fact, you can find a used car for sale for under $20k. In any case, you’ll want to keep the following in mind: 

  • OEMs don’t require that regular used cars be inspected before they’re sold. However, John Elway's Crown Toyota believes in making sure our customers get the highest value possible. Our used cars are hand-chosen for quality. 
  • Discuss any issues you notice with the seller, whether you’re buying from a dealership or a private seller. Plan to purchase the car even if it has some issues? Make sure you factor the costs of repairs into your budget. 
  • Some cars can last well over 200,000 miles with the proper maintenance. Used cars with high mileage aren’t always bad choices, especially if they have a thorough service record. 

Buying a CPO Car: What You Need to Know

Certified pre-owned (CPO) cars have had previous owners, but they’re not your run-of-the-mill used cars. These cars are carefully inspected and supported by manufacturer warranties. CPO models have passed thorough inspections carried out by certified technicians. Only cars that meet the OEM’s CPO program requirements can become CPO models. The Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Program, for example, includes the following requirements: 

  • 12 month/12,000-mile Limited Warranty
  • 7 Year / 100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 24 Hour Roadside Assistance for 7 years/ 100,000 miles
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report 

Shop Used Cars for Sale at John Elway's Crown Toyota

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? To put it simply, CPO cars are used and protected by OEM manufacturer warranties. Used cars have had previous owners but aren’t certified in any way by the manufacturer. Whether you’re shopping for a used or CPO model, you can find what you’re looking for at John Elway's Crown Toyota. Contact us online or call us at (909) 515-8404 to schedule a test drive. 

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