What’s the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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Questions like, “What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, are fairly common among Painesville motorists. You’re not the first prospective buyer to inquire about the contrasting features of this category of vehicle at Honda of Mentor. We’ve gotten pretty good at providing a solid answer. Even though you can count on receiving a certain standard of quality regardless of your selection, significant differences still exist between the two. Our specialists are more than happy to demonstrate the contrasting features of a CPO vs. used vehicle. Follow along as we compare used and certified pre-owned cars to make your buying experience more straightforward and stress-free. 

CPO vs. Used: Our Standard Pre-Owned Vehicles

When it comes to CPO vs. used cars, both have been previously owned and might vary greatly in make, model, year, mileage, and other factors. When you compare our used and certified pre-owned cars, you’ll notice a much larger amount of variance among our standard used selection. Because of these differences, and the fact that they have past owners, they are less expensive than new and CPO models. Many Willoughby consumers will be glad to find that we offer a range of used vehicles for under $20,000, providing drivers with lots of affordable alternatives. 

Mileage is another factor that might differ across pre-owned cars. In the past, it was commonplace for drivers to expect a major decline in a car’s condition at 100,000 miles. However, the fact is that many vehicles may endure for hundreds of thousands of miles with routine and documented maintenance. In any event, while you’re searching for a new-to-you car, truck, or SUV, remember the following: 

  • OEMs don’t require that used undergo a thorough inspection before they are sold, but %di_name%% wants to make sure our buyers get the most for their money. We choose our used cars by hand – so you can count on them being heavily vetted for top cosmetic condition and mechanical dependability. 
  • That being said, you should be extra careful during a private deal. Private buyers don’t have the same image as a well-known store, and you’re not nearly as safeguarded against less-than-satisfactory purchases. 
  • You should talk to the store or private seller about any problems you see with the car. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a car that needs a little work. Just remember to include the cost of fixing them in your budget. 
  • Some cars can go over 200,000 miles if they are well taken care of and maintained. Used cars with a lot of miles on them aren’t always a bad choice, especially if you’re looking to save some extra money. 

Compare Used and Certified Pre-Owned Cars: Opting for a CPO

Although they’ve had a previous owner, certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are not your average used car. Certified technicians do a comprehensive assessment of these pre-owned models, clearing them for coverage under a manufacturer’s warranty. Used vehicles that fulfill the requirements set by the OEM’s CPO program are eligible to acquire this prestigious designation. As an example, the following are the necessary components of a Honda TrueCertified pre-owned vehicle: 

  • Manufactured between 2018 and 2023
  • Less than 80,000 miles
  • Clean title and CARFAX
  • Flawless mechanical history free of major repairs
  • Includes 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage

What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars? A CPO model generally has a much lower mileage reading. It’s not guaranteed, but usually, a CPO is manufactured more recently. However, some newer vehicles with higher mileage do fall under the standard used designation. Finally, CPO models have a higher price tag than our standard used cars, but are significantly less expensive than a new car

Shop for Your Next Pre-Owned Car at Honda of Mentor

What’s the difference between a used and certified pre-owned car? Hopefully, the answer will be much clearer after this guide. If you’re in the Eastlake or surrounding areas and you’re in the market for a new vehicle but appreciate additional savings, we’re certain you’ll see the value in one of our many used and CPO models. 

We take trade-ins on the purchase of either of these categories and still offer low-interest financing for approved customers. Keep in mind that any vehicle purchase is eligible for the Honda Service Pass, which offers complimentary maintenance for 2 years or 24,000 miles. For more information, contact us and we’ll help you get started on purchasing your next Honda of Mentor car, truck, or SUV. 


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