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

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If this is your first time shopping for a new-to-you vehicle, you may be wondering “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” There is a huge difference despite both types of cars having had at least one previous owner. Generally speaking, your average used car doesn’t come with as many benefits as a certified pre-owned model, but it is most likely cheaper than a certified one. Let’s dig a bit deeper into the distinctions below in our CPO vs. used guide below! We will also explore the Honda certified meaning as well. 

 

 

CPO vs. Used: Buying a Used Car

A used car has been driven by another Canonsburg person before and they can come in different makes, models, years, and other features. They are wallet-friendly compared to their brand new counterparts and they also tend to be cheaper than certified models as well. You might find a used car to be the best fit for you if you have a strict budget to follow or you simply want the best deal in the market. 

Asides from the low price tag, you would also want to look at the mileage closely when shopping for used cars. Many cars can last for hundreds of thousands of miles with regular and documented service. You should keep the following in mind: 

  • While the OEMs themselves don’t require standard used cars to be inspected before sale, Washington Honda always inspect each car before they hit our lot. If you are shopping from a private seller, always get the car inspected before making a purchase. 
  • Discuss any car issues that you notice either with the dealership or private seller. If you still want to buy the car despite its issues, factor in the additional costs before making a final decision. 
  • Some cars can last up to 200,000 miles when it is properly taken care of. High-mileage used cars aren’t always bad, especially if you’re running on a strict budget. 

CPO vs. Used: Buying a Certified Used Car

While certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles fall under the umbrella of used vehicles, they aren’t your typical pre-owned car. What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? CPO cars have been inspected carefully according to guidelines mandated by the respective OEM. Plus, they are backed by manufacturer warranties and come with other benefits that you can’t get in a normal used car. You can think of them as the highest standard a used car can have. They also often tend to have fewer previous owners or have less mileage, so chances are you will enjoy a recent model with relatively new features in Houston!

Honda Certified Programs

Honda certified vehicles, also known as HondaTrue models, are broken down into three levels:

Certified (2017-2022 Models)

  • 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Coverage
  • For vehicles purchased within the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period, they come with 5-year/86,000-mile Non-Powertrain Coverage. 
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Up to 2 complimentary oil changes within the first year of ownership
  • Concierge service
  • Trip interruption
  • 3-day exchange policy

Certified+ (2011-2022 Models)

  • 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Coverage
  • For vehicles purchased within the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period, the warranty extends to a 4-year/48,000-mile Non-Powertrain Coverage. 
  • For vehicles purchased after the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period, they come with a 1-year/12,000-mile Non-Powertrain Coverage starting from the delivery date. 
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Up to 2 complimentary oil changes within the first year of ownership
  • Trip interruption
  • 3-day exchange policy

True Used (2012-2022 Models)

  • 100-day/5,000-mile Powertrain Coverage
  • 100-day/5,000-mile Non-Powertrain Coverage
  • Roadside Assistance
  • 1 complimentary oil change within the first year of ownership
  • Concierge service
  • Trip interruption
  • 3-day exchange policy

Depending on what you’re looking for, the Honda certified models are almost as varied as the average used car selection while maintaining a high standard for your Bethel Park drives. 

Find Your New-To-You Car at Washington Honda Today

Whether you want a Honda certified model or decide to stick to a regular used car, Washington Honda is the dealership you need to head to. We have a wide selection of new-to-you cars in our Washington lot waiting for their next owner! Contact us with any questions or with the best time for a test drive today.

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