Used & Certified Pre-Owned: What’s the Difference?

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On the surface, there wouldn’t appear to be an appreciable difference between used and certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles. Yet there are distinctive differences that should be understood. At Crown Volkswagen, we’re here to help you understand the factors that separate CPO vs. used vehicles and simplify the decision-making process. It’s our responsibility to ensure you understand what’s involved in choosing between a used and certified pre-owned vehicle.



Used-Car Buying: Key Points

Used vehicles in the Topeka area typically cost less than certified pre-owned ones. We offer a wide selection of used vehicles for under $15,000 in Lawrence, which means you can get the make/model you want at a very affordable price. And though many used vehicles may have what seems an exorbitant number of miles, an increasing number of models these days last up to 200,000 miles or more.

At Crown Volkswagen, we take great pride in giving our customers the best possible deal on a quality used vehicle. As you work through the used-car-buying process, we recommend you consider that:

  • Crown Volkswagen always hand-selects used vehicles to help you get the best value for such an important investment. Nevertheless, always carefully examine (and test drive) any vehicle before committing to buying.
  • Even the most carefully chosen vehicle may have flaws that should be taken into consideration and factored into your buying price.

What Sets CPO Cars Apart from Used Cars?

Like used vehicles, certified pre-owned vehicles have had previous owners, but there’s an important difference. Each CPO car is meticulously inspected and certified by a trained technician and comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. These are the very best quality pre-owned vehicles you’ll find, limited to models that meet OEM-certified standards. Sample requirements for a CPO vehicle may include these criteria:

  • It must have undergone a multi-point inspection
  • Its model year must be within five years of the current model year
  • It must include an extended and/or limited powertrain warranty
  • It should generally have less than 80,000 to 100,000 miles

The advantages of a certified used car make them a priority for many discerning used car buyers. These are usually newer models with less mileage and, though often priced higher than used cars, they’re nonetheless more affordable than new cars. If you want a reliable, carefully inspected used vehicle for getting around Topeka, consider the benefits of a CPO vehicle.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Crown Volkswagen

Now that you understand the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, take some time to review the CPO and used vehicles for sale at Crown Volkswagen. Once you find a vehicle that piques your interest, contact us to set up a test drive. We’re within easy driving distance of Olathe and Kansas City, so schedule an appointment today.


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