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

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So it’s time for you to upgrade your Fairmont commute with a new-to-you vehicle, what’s next? After browsing through our comprehensive pre-owned vehicle inventory, you’ll begin to notice we have both used and certified pre-owned vehicles. But, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?

Both options are technically pre-owned vehicles, but there are important differences that you need to keep in mind before deciding which one is right for you. Today, the experts at University Toyota are going to answer, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” and help you compare CPO vs. used vehicles!

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Comparing CPO vs. Used Vehicles

In general, used vehicles are vehicles that have miles put on them from previous owners. These vehicles are not set to a specific make, model, mileage, or amount of previous owners. Oftentimes, savvy Kingwood shoppers might find themselves shopping for pre-owned vehicles because they’re more inexpensive than new vehicles. When you’re beginning your search, you’ll notice a clear distinction between CPO vs. used vehicles. So, with that being said, let’s compare the two below:

Used Vehicles

  • Normally, used vehicles in the conventional sense do not go through inspections before being sold at many other Deep Creek, MD dealerships. However, we stand out from our competitors at University Toyota by hand-selecting many of our pre-owned vehicles to ensure they’re up to our standards.
  • If you’re inclined to purchase a used vehicle that hasn’t been inspected, make sure to identify any issues and factor the cost of repairs into your bottom line.
  • Used vehicles can range in mileage from extremely low miles to 100,000 miles plus. But, just because a used vehicle might have higher miles, doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice. Consider service history and maintenance before discrediting a high mileage pre-owned vehicle from your options.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Certified pre-owned vehicles are vehicles that have been inspected to meet the manufacturer’s CPO specifications. In this case, Toyota is the manufacturer and ensures a factory-trained technician has inspected the pre-owned Toyota vehicle to make sure it’s up to standard.
  • While certified pre-owned vehicles typically cost more than a standard used one, they come with added peace of mind. Certified pre-owned Toyota vehicles are newer than six model years old, have less than 85,000 miles, pass a rigorous 160-point quality assurance inspection, and come complete with a CARFAX® vehicle history report*.
  • A CPO Toyota vehicle also comes with a comprehensive warranty so that you can rest assured with your investment. The warranty ranges from a 12 month or 12,000-mile limited warranty** to a 7 year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty***, and much more.

Find a Pre-Owned Vehicle Today at University Toyota!

Whether you’re opting for a regular used vehicle or a certified pre-owned one, we have what you need at University Toyota. Our pre-owned vehicles are of the highest quality, especially compared to those from other dealerships in the Morgantown area. Rest assured that you’re making the right choice when you come to us for all of your automotive needs. To learn more about the Toyota CPO program or have your other questions and concerns addressed, please feel free to get in touch with us!

*CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports™ are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.
**Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) purchase. The Limited Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. Program available in continental U.S., D.C., Alaska and Canada. See TCUV Warranty Supplement for details.
***Coverage begins from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle (TCUV) purchase or 100,000 total vehicle miles. Program available in continental U.S., D.C., Alaska and Canada. See TCUV Warranty Supplement for details.

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