What is the Difference Between Used & Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles?

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When you’ve shopped for a used car in Prattville, have you wondered what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? It’s a question we hear a lot from used car shoppers at Stokes Chrysler Company. The short answer: the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles is that certified used vehicles have undergone an inspection and restoration process as mandated by the manufacturer. Any car owned by another driver can be classified as used, but only like-new used cars are eligible to be certified. Learn more about the difference between used and certified pre-owned cars at Stokes Chrysler Company. 

The Difference Between Used and Certified Used Cars

Any car in Calera can be a used car, but only used cars that pass the CDJR certification process can be certified pre-owned vehicles. What does that certification process look like? 

  • Must be less than five model years old, under 75,000 miles, have sustained no frame damage, and have a clean title. If aftermarket accessories were added, they have to be compliant with the inspection.
  • Vehicle must pass a stringent 125-point inspection. 
  • Carfax® Vehicle History Report is included.

Aside from having these criteria, what’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned when it comes to warranties? Most regular used cars don’t come with any warranty coverage. That’s one of the biggest differences between used and certified pre-owned cars—the latter comes with this warranty coverage: 

  • 7-year/100,000-mile warranty from the vehicle’s in-service date
  • 3-month/30,000-mile Maximum Care Warranty starting on the date of CPO sale
  • Options to upgrade to extended warranty plans
  • Towing/roadside assistance
  • Rental car allowance
  • 3-month SiriusXM® subscription

Benefits of Buying a Used Car Near Alabaster

If you choose to purchase a standard used car instead of a certified pre-owned car, you’re still going to get a great vehicle with a price you’ll love from Stokes Chrysler Company. Some of the benefits to shopping for any used car with us include:

  • A wide variety of makes, models, years, trim levels, and features. 
  • While certified pre-owned vehicles must undergo an inspection designed by the manufacturer, every Stokes Chrysler Company undergoes a thorough inspection for reliability and safety from the service center at Stokes Chrysler Company. 
  • With proper care and maintenance, some vehicles can last upwards of 200,000 miles. High-mileage used cars aren’t always bad options, especially if you’re on a strict budget.
  • In addition to the savings you’ll get compared to buying a new car, a used car will save you money on your sales taxes and insurance rate.

Test Drive a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle at Stokes Chrysler Company

When you’re ready to experience the difference between used and certified pre-owned, contact Stokes Chrysler Company and schedule some test drives. You’ll find that the vehicles in our certified pre-owned inventory look and drive like they just arrived from the factory!

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