Within the past few years, a new breed of used cars has arrived—that is the Certified Pre-Owned Car. We’ll compare the difference between used and CPO to help you learn which option is right for you.
Each vehicle manufacturer sets its own standards as to what qualifies as a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) car. For example, a Ford CPO car has to be five model years old or newer and have fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer. From there, a car goes through a rigorous inspection process and any problems are then resolved.
CPO cars also come with a warranty. Ford’s program includes the remainder of the original 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty along with a new 1-year/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty.
There can also be other benefits to a CPO car like roadside assistance, a free trail of satellite radio, and others. In general, a CPO car will cost you more than a traditional used car; however, with all of the built-in benefits, the overall value may outweigh additional cost.