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

August 18th, 2021 by
2020 BMW 5 Series Trio

Interested in learning the difference between used and certified pre-owned models? This is a common question we get at BMW of Escondido in Escondido. There are important distinctions between them that San Marcos car-buyers should be aware of. Learn more about the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles with our team at BMW of Escondido today, and then schedule a test drive to compare your favorite used models.

Used Car Buying: What You Need to Know

One of the most common areas where used and CPO models differ is in terms of budget. Typically, if you want a like-new model that’s held to manufacturer standards, a certified pre-owned model is a great option. If you’re looking for a more affordable used car, then a model from our used inventory — especially our used vehicles priced under $10k — would be a smart buy. These often come at a significantly lower cost than CPO models.

So what’s the difference between used and CPO? All used models have been previously owned, but non-CPO models vary more widely in terms of make, model, year, mileage, and more. Because of this, they are more affordable than new and CPO models. In any case, when you’re shopping for a new-to-you car, keep the following in mind:

  • Although OEMs don’t require that standard used cars be inspected before sale, BMW of Escondido wants to make sure our customers get the highest value for their dollar. We hand-pick all of our used models. That being said, you should navigate a private sale with extra caution. Private sellers don’t have the reputation of a well-established dealership.
  • You should discuss any vehicle issues that you notice, either with the dealership or private seller. If you plan to purchase the car, even though it has a few problems, that’s 100% your choice. Just make sure you factor money for the repairs into your shopping budget.
  • With proper care and maintenance, some vehicles can last upwards of 200,000 miles. High-mileage used cars aren’t always bad options, especially if you’re on a strict budget.

Buying a CPO Car: What You Need to Know

CPO vehicles have had previous owners, but they aren’t like other used models. These models are thoroughly inspected by a certified technician and have to pass the manufacturer standards before they can be sold as CPO. Here are the requirements for a certified pre-owned model:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 80,000 miles, but sometimes up to 100,000 miles
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

CPO used cars are also typically newer models with less mileage. This is why they come at a higher price than used cars, but are still more affordable than a new car in Poway.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at BMW of Escondido

Once you decide on the vehicle that’s right for you and your San Diego trips, apply for financing online to get the process started. Be sure to check out our pre-owned vehicle specials as well to save more. If you have questions in the meantime about our models, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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