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The (Important) Difference between Used and Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

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2012 Nissan Sentra - Used and Certified Pre-Owned

2012 Nissan Sentra – Used and Certified Pre-Owned

I know what you’re thinking. “Certified Pre-Owned?” Isn’t that just a fancy term for “used?” There’s no real difference, right? It’s all just semantics, right? Believe it or not, there actually is a real difference between used and certified pre-owned, and an important difference at that!

Let’s start with a syllogism: Major premise: All previously owned cars are used. Minor premise: Some previously owned cars are certified pre-owned cars. Conclusion: Therefore, all certified pre-owned cars are used cars.

However, the inverse is not true—not all used cars are certified pre-owned cars. To be a certified pre-owned vehicle, a car must pass a rigorous series of standards and tests performed by the original manufacturer. If the vehicle passes these tests and meets these standards, it will earn the certification.

Let’s take Nissan’s CPO program as an example. First of all, Nissan requires each CPO vehicle to be less than five years old and have recorded less than 60,000 total miles just to qualify for the program. If a vehicle fits in this category, then Nissan will run it through an intense, 150+ inspection. Only if the vehicle comes through this inspection with flying colors does it finally earn its CPO status.

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, therefore, provides customers with added security in their decision to buy a used vehicle. Most CPO programs, including Nissan’s, even come with some kind of limited warranty. So, remember, all CPO cars are used, but not all used cars are certified—and for good reason!

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