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

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If you’re deciding on your next vehicle, you may be deciding between a CPO vs. used vehicle – but what is the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned anyway? While many savvy Wilsonville drivers already know that a used car offers incredible pricing with models under $20k, you might be surprised by all the benefits that a CPO brings to the road. Let’s dive a little deeper into the two categories, so you can shop with confidence in Portland!

Why Buy Used?

Used models have lower price points than brand new cars because they have already been owned by another driver, so the steepest of depreciation has already occurred. However, used cars vary quite a bit. A higher-mileage used car in Beaverton can be a great bargain if the owner kept terrific maintenance records. What’s more, what qualifies as good mileage has changed — many vehicles can last well over 200,000 miles with proper care! Here are some things to keep in mind when assessing a used car:

  • Always inspect the vehicle thoroughly, inside and out
  • Ask questions about the vehicle’s history and condition
  • See if you can find a vehicle history report or maintenance record


Why Buy a CPO?

A Certified Pre-Owned model is also a used car, but it has a few extra guarantees for those who are nervous about the used market. A CPO vehicle has been thoroughly inspected by an expert technician to ensure that it operates just as well as a brand new vehicle. In fact, the rigorous certification process involves the following:

  • The car’s model year must be within 5 years of the most recent model year.
  • The car must have fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer.
  • The car must pass the multi-point inspection.
  • The car must include extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties.

Because of the intensive certification process, when you compare CPO vs. used vehicles you’ll find the Certified Pre-Owned version is typically priced a little higher than your average used model. But you get the benefits of current technology, advanced safety features, a clean bill of health, and a warranty package.

Compare our CPO vs. Used Inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Portland

If you’re looking for a car in the Vancouver area, stop by Mercedes-Benz of Portland to find out whether a used or Certified Pre-Owned car is right for you. Our experts are happy to answer any questions and take you on a test drive through Portland, so stop by or contact us for more information. Want to learn more about buying your next car? Find out whether to buy or lease! We can also help you find the right vehicle with information on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class mpg and more!

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