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

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When you’re looking for a budget-friendly vehicle for the Kyle roads, you can get a steal of a deal from the used car market. But if you’ve been perusing our inventory, you might be wondering, “What is the difference between used and Certified Pre-Owned?” While both categories are considered used models, Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) models have a few unique advantages all their own. Compare CPO vs. used with Sterling Acura of Austin and explore your options in our Austin showroom!

CPO vs. Used: Why Choose Used?

Let’s start with used cars. A used car is simply a model that has had a previous owner, whether that’s one owner or several. Because this category is so broad, used cars vary tremendously in terms of condition and mileage. However, all models have already been through the steepest depreciation period – which means the price points will be lower than a new car in Buda. In fact, you can find high quality models under $10k. Here are some things to keep in mind about used models:

  • Condition: A certified OEM dealership can save you a major headache when you buy used. Sterling Acura of Austin hand-picks models to ensure quality and condition, but there are no guarantees on the private market. Consider getting a second opinion before buying.
  • Issues: Some cars are in mint condition, while others need some work. Be sure to factor in the costs of repairs into your budget, whether it’s a few minor repairs or more extensive work.
  • Mileage: Low-mileage cars may be popular, but a well-maintained vehicle can last upwards of 200,000 miles – so don’t let the odometer rule your decisions. If you’re on a tight budget, higher mileage options can be a great deal.

CPO vs. Used: Why Choose CPO?

A Certified Pre-Owned model is a used car with addition assurances for greater peace of mind. While these cars have also had a previous owner, they undergo a thorough inspection and reconditioning process. This ensures that they meet the high standards of the manufacturer, and they even come with a warranty plan. CPO requirements include a 182-point inspection process by factory-certified Acura technicians, and only models less than 6 years old with under 80,000 miles are even considered for the program. Additionally, you’ll receive benefits like:

  • 24-Month/100,000-Mile Powertrain Coverage
  • Complimentary First Scheduled Maintenance
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • 3-month trial of enhanced security and convenience

Compare CPO vs. Used with Sterling Acura of Austin

Now you know what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned, but which is the right choice for you? Find out at Sterling Acura of Austin. Our team would be happy to help you choose the best option for your needs and budget, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re located in Austin, near neighboring San Marcos, so be sure to visit us for a test drive.


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