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

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If you are shopping around for an affordable option to upgrade your Normal-area commute, a used or certified pre-owned vehicle could be the ideal choice. So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Certified pre-owned means that the vehicle has the original manufacturer’s approval and is backed by warranty coverage and includes many of the perks usually reserved for a new vehicle purchase. Learn more is this CPO vs. used guide from Sam Leman Mazda.


Used Car Info

When shopping for a used car, truck, or SUV you’ll have a wide variety of options in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. One thing that makes buying a used car more attractive to many drivers in the Springfield- area vs. a certified pre-owned, is the affordable price tag. Here at Sam Leman Mazda, we carry a fine selection of used vehicles priced under $10,000, and we also offer rotating used vehicle specials so you can save even more!

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a used car:

  • Most drivers will tend to avoid a used car with 100,000 miles or more on the odometer, however, a high mileage used car can be an excellent choice if it has been kept up to date on all of its scheduled maintenance.
  • You should have a trusted mechanic inspect any used vehicle you are interested in before you buy it. One of the benefits of shopping for a pre-owned vehicle at Sam Leman Mazda is that we have our experienced auto technicians inspect each of our used vehicles for safety and quality before we put them up for sale.
  • The cost of maintenance and repairs should be factored into your budget, since used cars in general do not come with any kind of warranty coverage.

Certified Pre-Owned Info

What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? In order to be certified, a used MAZDA model must be 6 years old or less and have fewer than 80,000 miles. Benefits of the MAZDA Certified Pre-Owned Program include:

  • A 160-point detailed inspection is performed by a certified MAZDA technician, and if any maintenance or reconditioning is required, only genuine MAZDA OEM parts are used.
  • Itchy MAZDA CPO vehicles come with a full AutoCheck® vehicle history report and 3-year buy-back protection from Experian.
  • MAZDA Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are covered by any remaining portion of their original 3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The CPO Limited Vehicle Warranty provides coverage for another 12-Months or 12,000-Miles, with no deductible on covered repairs.
  • A 7-Year/100,000-Mile CPO Limited Powertrain Warranty is also included.
  • 24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance coverage is provided for the duration of the 7-Year/100,000-Mile CPO Limited Powertrain Warranty.

Explore the Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles for Sale Today at Sam Leman Mazda

Now that you’ve learned about the differences between CPO vs. used, stop by Sam Leman Mazda to find the vehicle that will best suit your lifestyle and budget today. Our finance specialists can help you secure a low-interest loan, and you can even apply for financing with us online and get pre-approved from the comfort of your home. If you are looking to sell your current vehicle or trade it in, you can count on receiving the fair market price. Contact us to learn more!


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