Used Vs. Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

When people start shopping for their next vehicle, they think they have one major question to answer: do they want to buy a new or used vehicle? However, there is a third option. While shopping for your next vehicle, you may come across the term “certified pre-owned.” This special type of used vehicle has some significant differences from new or used vehicles. Understanding these differences is important in helping you make the best decision on your next purchase. Below, we’ll explain the primary difference between these two types of vehicles, which will hopefully help you pick the right one.

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

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There are a few key differences between used and certified pre-owned cars. Before becoming a certified pre-owned vehicle, a used vehicle must pass several qualifications, which vary based on the manufacturer. For example, most manufacturers require that a used model be less than a few years old before certifying it. Others will have a maximum limit on the number of miles, and almost all require the vehicle to have a clean history report.

Generally speaking, all certified pre-owned vehicles are also used vehicles. However, certified pre-owned models are a specific type of used vehicle in which the vehicle has met certain requirements — certified pre-owned models also commonly come with additional perks, such as extended warranties or roadside maintenance. Between the strict eligibility requirements and the added bonuses, certified pre-owned vehicles quickly become an attractive option for anyone shopping for a used vehicle.

Which One Is More Trustworthy?

In general, certified pre-owned vehicles are more trustworthy than regular used vehicles. This is because, in order to become certified, a used vehicle must go through a detailed inspection. If there are any issues with the vehicle during this inspection, these problems are fixed before the vehicle goes on sale. In addition, all certified pre-owned vehicles have a limit on how old they can be and how many miles they can have. This ensures that the certified pre-owned vehicle doesn’t have too much wear and tear.

Since certified pre-owned vehicles are all relatively new, this also means that they typically have the latest safety features installed. These safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring or automated emergency braking, help to keep the vehicle from getting into an accident. You can, therefore, not only count on the vehicle being in great shape when you buy it but also have the newest technology to help keep you safe long after you leave the dealership.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Pre-Owned Vehicles?

If you’re trying to decide whether or not you should get a certified pre-owned vehicle, there are a few pros and cons you should know about. First, let’s look at the benefits. With a certified pre-owned model, you’re getting a vehicle that has received a thorough inspection, ensuring there are no major underlying issues with the vehicle. No one wants to spend money on repairs immediately after buying their next vehicle, and purchasing a certified pre-owned can help you avoid this.

Certified pre-owned vehicles are also relatively new and have little mileage. This means you’ll get more life out of your vehicle, giving you more value for your money and making it less likely that you’ll need another vehicle again soon. Lastly, certified pre-owned vehicles often come with warranties and other driving perks, giving you even more value.

The biggest drawback of a certified pre-owned vehicle is the price. Since these vehicles are a little newer and in much better shape, they are typically more expensive than a regular used vehicle. A certified pre-owned vehicle may be out of your range if you’re operating on a very tight budget. However, it’s important to consider all the value you’re getting with a certified pre-owned vehicle and how it can help you avoid other car costs.

Finally, because manufacturers have strict requirements for their certification process, your selection is limited. You’ll typically find fewer certified pre-owned vehicles for sale compared to regular used vehicles. If you have a specific make and model in mind, you may have trouble finding a certified pre-owned model available. Consider contacting your local dealership and asking them to alert you if a certified version of the vehicle you want becomes available.

If It Isn’t Certified, Does That Mean It’s a Bad Option?

Just because a vehicle isn’t certified doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad option. In fact, many used vehicles provide great value, even though they aren’t certified. However, certified vehicles can offer you more peace of mind. When buying a regular used vehicle, you’re trusting the seller to provide you with a quality car. If you work with a reputable dealership, this isn’t usually a problem, but working with a private seller may lead to some issues.

On the other hand, with a certified pre-owned vehicle, you know that the manufacturer thoroughly investigated your car to ensure it met all its eligibility requirements. This should give you a little more peace of mind when buying your next vehicle. If you find a used model you like, just be sure to do your due diligence before buying it. This can help mitigate some of the potential risks of buying a non-certified pre-owned model.

Explore Used and Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles in Delray Beach

Whether you’re interested in a used model or a certified pre-owned vehicle, if you’re in the Delray Beach area, Performance Mitsubishi has you covered. We have a wide range of used vehicles available to choose from, with more models coming in all the time. We also have many certified pre-owned options in our selection, each of which has passed a rigorous inspection and qualification process. Get started today by browsing through our current inventory online or using tools like our payment calculator to help figure out what you can afford. Once you’re ready, feel free to contact us with any questions or to schedule a visit to our dealership.

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