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

February 18th, 2019 by

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If you’re shopping for a used car, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” Both types of vehicles are “used,” but there are some differences between the two. Before you purchase a used car for sale near Vienna, read on to learn more about CPO vs. used.

Buying a Used Car — What to Keep in Mind

“Pre-owned” means a vehicle has been driven by a previous owner. Ages, miles traveled, and vehicle history reports are different for every used car. This is why they have lower price-tags than new and certified pre-owned vehicles, and also why you can find used cars for sale under $10K at Stohlman Volkswagen.

What about mileage? You might think a used car with 100,000+ miles on its odometer is a waste of an investment, but in many cases, the opposite is true. With proper maintenance and repairs, some vehicles can truly go the distance. Be sure to keep these pointers in mind while you shop for a used car:

  • Before making an offer, inspect the used car you’ve got your eye on and take it for a road test.
  • Notice something strange about the car’s condition or performance? Ask questions to ensure it’s the right pick for you.
  • When cared for correctly, some vehicles can run for over 200,000 miles. Make sure the service records are available for the car you’re considering.

Buying a CPO Car — What to Keep in Mind

Certified pre-owned vehicles are used cars that meet the expectations and requirements of the OEM’s CPO program and include warranty coverage. The Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Program is one of the most stringent in the industry. Program benefits include the following:

  • 100+ Point Dealer Inspection
  • Model-Specific Limited Warranty Coverage*
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™** to help you understand more about the vehicle’s prior history
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance***
  • 3-Month SiriusXM® All-Access Trial Subscription****

Because of their added perks, certified pre-owned cars are more expensive than used cars. However, if you want the peace of mind that comes with a new car but don’t want to pay a new-car price, CPO is a great option.

Browse Used Cars at Stohlman Volkswagen Near Fairfax!

Now that you know the difference between CPO vs. used, you can browse our selection near Alexandria and find the right model for you! Contact us to schedule a test drive or to learn more about our pre-owned vehicle specials.

*See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
**CARFAX Vehicle History Reports are based only on information supplied to CARFAX. CARFAX does not have the complete history of every vehicle.
***Roadside Assistance provided by a third party.
****Three months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio on satellite radio equipped vehicles, plus access online and on the app. See dealer for complete details. ©2018 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM, SiriusXM, and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

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