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

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Searching for a new-to-you vehicle and wondering what the difference is between certified pre-owned vs. used vehicles? Technically, both categories of vehicles can be considered used, however, there are important distinctions between the two. Learn the differences shoppers will want to be aware of before shopping for their next used or certified pre-owned car, truck, or SUV.

Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Cars

Not sure what the difference is between certified vs. used vehicles? Discover the differences and benefits that both offer Brockton and Fall River drivers:

  • Used vehicles have been previously owned and driven and can vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. Because of this, they can be purchased for a lower price than new vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles.
  • Certified vehicles must meet strict standards in terms of mileage, age, and condition. They also come backed by additional benefits and warranties.

Tips for Buying a Used Vehicle

While used cars can range in mileage, you will find that used cars often come with higher miles than certified pre-owned vehicles. While a car with 100,000 miles or more may seem like a risk, advances in technology and vehicle care mean many models can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with proper maintenance. Even so, remember:

  • Inspect any used vehicle you’re considering and make sure to take it for a test drive before making an offer
  • Discuss any issues in vehicle condition or performance that you find, to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive
  • Some SUVs and cars can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance

Tips For Buying a Certified Used Honda

There are two Honda Certified Pre-Owned programs for Taunton shoppers to choose from, both with their own strict requirements. In addition to passing an intensive inspection, vehicles must meet the following standards:

HondaTrue Certified+

  • Vehicles with less than 12 months and 12,000 miles from their original In-Service Date
  • Current eligible models 2018-2020

HondaTrue Certified

  • Vehicles with more than 12 months and 12,000 miles from their original In-Service Date
  • Current eligible models 2014-2017

When comparing certified vs. used Honda models, you’ll find certified used cars are typically newer models with less mileage. While they can cost more than a used vehicle, they are still more affordable than brand-new models. If you’re looking for more updated features for your Brockton commutes, or find peace of mind with the CPO program backing and warranty, then a CPO model would be your best fit.

Shop Used & Certified Used Honda Models in Raynham

Still need help deciding between certified pre-owned vs. used vehicles? Have additional questions about a specific model? Reach out to the team at Silko Honda, or stop by our showroom to learn more and test drive a used Honda Accord!

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