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

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Have you been wondering, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” First Acura is proud to carry a wide variety of Acura models in both of these classifications to help you save even more on your vehicle. But what sets them apart? Learn more as we break down CPO vs. used vehicles below.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Every used vehicle will vary in terms of the model year, its mileage, the condition it is in, as well as how many owners it has previously had. Standard pre-owned Acura sedans and SUVs will come at a much more affordable price than you would have to pay if your opted for a brand new model. Buying a new vehicle also means that it will depreciate significantly more once you drive away from the lot. This turns into your advantage as a used car customer, since used vehicles don’t depreciate immediately as much as new models do. Some used cars will cost under $10,000 but may have more than 100,000 miles, and while some buyers may be deterred by that mileage, if the vehicle was kept in
good condition, these are still great options. Here are some tips when looking at used vehicles:

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

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

When you elect for a certified pre-owned vehicle, not only will you be behind the wheel of a quality used Acura, but also have peace of mind knowing that it was inspected for durability, reliability, and quality by our expert service team. CPO models are typically used for a lesser time than regular used cars, and are typically newer models, so you can enjoy the latest Acura has to over for less. The CPO requirements generally include:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally, the vehicle will have 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

Find Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles at First Acura

Now that you know what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, find the Acura that suits you best in our inventories! Whether you choose a used or certified pre-owned model, you can guarantee you’ll get a great deal at First Acura. Browse our inventory of used and certified pre-owned Acura models for sale, then speak with a dedicated member of our finance team who can walk you through all of our automotive finance and lease options. You can also check out other features such as good mileage for a used carused car financing coverage, or how to refinance a car loanContact us today to schedule a test drive near Attleboro and Taunton!

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