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

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Savvy shoppers know that the used car market is full of incredible deals, but what about CPO vs. used cars? What is the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned models – and which is right for you? While both are technically types of pre-owned cars, CPO models offer their own unique set of benefits. Let’s examine the key differences between the two types, so you can start shopping at INFINITI of San Jose.

What You Need to Know about Buying a Used Car

The definition of a used car is broad, and this category simply refers to a car that has had a previous owner. The car may have had one owner or several, it may be in good condition or poor condition, it may have low or high mileage. However, because a used car has already gone through the bulk of its depreciation, San Francisco and Walnut Creek drivers can save quite a bit through the used market. What should you know about buying used?

  • Used vehicles do not usually require an inspection process before sale, but INFINITI of San Jose hand-picks every vehicle to ensure quality and condition. Buying off the private market, on the other hand, does not have the same guarantees.
  • Some Walnut Creek drivers don’t mind a fixer-upper, but it’s important to be realistic about the time and cost of potential repairs. Be sure to factor those costs into your budget.
  • Mileage isn’t quite as important as it used to be, since modern cars are more durable and safe than ever before – and many last well over 200,000 miles! Higher mileage options are especially good choices for those on a tight budget in Pleasanton.

What You Need to Know about Buying a CPO Car

So, what’s the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned? The main difference between CPO vs. used is the inspection and reconditioning process. When you shop the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Program, every option has been through a rigorous inspection completed by a certified technician to ensure that the vehicle meets the manufacturer standards. Plus, these models are backed by a manufacturer warranty for extra peace of mind. Compared to used, CPOs offer unique benefits like:

  • Up to 6 years unlimited mileage warranty
  • Complimentary First Year Basic Maintenance
  • Comprehensive, 167-point Inspection
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • CARFAX® 3-year Buy Back Guarantee
  • Free 3-month Trial Subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Complimentary Service Courtesy Vehicle
  • Available INFINITI Elite™ Extended Protection Program

CPO cars tend to have lower mileage than your average used car, but these benefits come at a slightly higher price point. Those on a budget might prefer the rock-bottom prices of the used market, while those who want extra assurances might prefer the guarantees of the CPO lineup.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at INFINITI of San Jose

We’ve gone through the basics of CPO vs. used, and if you’re ready to start shopping in San Jose, we welcome you to visit our showroom in San Jose. The team at INFINITI of San Jose can help you find just the right model at just the right price, so contact us today to get started.

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