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Pre-owned v. Certified Pre-owned

What’s the difference and what’s the right choice for you?

Consumers in the market for a new car may find themselves choosing between a brand-new vehicle or one that is just new to their family. Oftentimes, buyers choose to veer down the pre-owned vehicle route and are surprised to find out that there are different classes of pre-owned vehicles as well. Unsurprisingly, a used car is simply a vehicle that has been registered before. A certified pre-owned vehicle requires a bit more work to earn its coveted title.

Our auto experts here at Irvine Auto Center near Lake Forest, CA are here to help you determine which class of pre-owned vehicle is right for you. Let’s explore what allows a used vehicle to become a certified pre-owned vehicle – and what the Certified Pre-Owned process entails.

What is Certified Pre-Owned?

A certified pre-owned car is a type of used car that has been subjected to a meticulous, multi-point inspection backed by the manufacturer. This inspection guarantees that any worn or damaged parts are repaired or replaced. CPO vehicles always come with an extended warranty that is honored at any dealership across the country.

In addition, certified pre-owned vehicles also come with a number of additional perks. Though some manufacturer’s CPO programs may vary – many come with a bumper-to-bumper warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance, no-cost maintenance, a loaner vehicle when your car is undergoing maintenance, and more.

Typical, non-certified used vehicles only come with whatever is left of the factory or powertrain warranties, if any. Overall, the benefits that come with a certified pre-owned vehicle’s warranty is what makes it stand out from it’s not-certified counterparts.

How Does Car Qualify for Certification?

Once the dealership has purchased a used vehicle it begins a thorough inspection to determine whether it qualifies for certification. Here are some factors that help determine whether a used vehicle qualifies for certification:

  • The vehicle must be below a certain age. Though manufacturer qualifications vary, many look for the vehicle to be no more than 5-7 years old.
  • Vehicle must be a maximum threshold for mileage, as determined by the manufacturer.
  • Proper maintenance must have been maintained on the vehicle and come with service records.
  • Have no history of collision or water damage.

Test Drive a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Today

Interested in test driving a pre-owned vehicle in Irvine, CA? Irvine Auto Center near Fountain Valley, CA, has a huge selection of both pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles for sale in Irvine, CA, that are ready to be driven off our lot! Contact us today to set up a test drive with a member of our qualified sales team. We’ll see you soon!

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