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

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How many ads have you seen from Saint Augustine dealers featuring used and certified pre-owned (CPO) cars? Maybe you’ve wondered if “used” and “certified pre-owned” mean the same thing. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars? Is there a difference? There is a difference, and we have both available at Hodges Mazda of Jacksonville. Which is right for you? Let’s find out by doing a CPO vs. used comparison.

CPO vs. Used: The Certification Process

So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? A used car, as everyone knows, is a car that has been previously owned by another person. Certified pre-owned cars have also been previously owned by another person. However, a CPO vehicle has to go through a rigorous certification process and comes with multiple protections for the buyer. Here’s what a car has to go through to get certified by Mazda:

  • Thorough 160-point inspection by a Mazda-certified technician, including –
    • Making sure there are no squeaks and rattles
    • Verifying that VIN plates match under hood, dash and door pillar
    • Confirming there is no excessive wind noise
    • AutoCheck vehicle history report

CPO vs. Used: Certified Means Backed Up by Mazda

Mazda backs up its certified pre-owned vehicles with warranties and other protections for the buyer. So, what’s the difference between used and pre-owned vehicles? Peace of mind! Here are some of the protections that come with certification:

  • 12-month/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty
  • 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
  • Zero deductible on covered repairs
  • 3-Year buyback protection with AutoCheck vehicle history report

CPO vs. Used: Cost

Buyers spend a little more on certified pre-owned vehicles. But a lot of our Orange park customers see the financial benefits of buying certified. When you take into consideration the warranties and that there is no deductible on repairs, certification pays for itself. And, those protections are transferable, helping to maintain resale value.

Test Drive One of Our Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles

Did you know that we’ll bring a car to your home to test drive? You can even apply for financing online. Our dealership may be conveniently located near Lakeside, but you can browse our entire inventory of vehicles from the comfort of your own home! So contact us, today!

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