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What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

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If you’re buying a used car, you’ve probably noticed that some are labeled as “CPO.” So, what does certified pre-owned mean? Used cars that are designated as CPO (meaning “certified pre-owned”) must meet strict standards for age, mileage, and condition. As you might expect, CPO cars tend to cost more than other used cars. But is the higher cost of CPO cars worth it for every West Lafayette used car buyer? Below, join Auto Express for a breakdown of the benefits of CPO cars vs. used cars.

Are CPO Cars Worth It?

Many drivers who choose CPO vehicles cite added peace of mind and low mileage as the deciding factors — but what does certified pre-owned mean for your safety out on the road in Indianapolis? Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • While CPO cars do come with added assurance of the manufacturer’s original limited warranty, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t feel just as safe driving a properly maintained and inspected non-CPO used car. At Auto Express, we provide a full maintenance history report for every used car on our lot.
  • Good mileage is far from the most important metric for determining used vehicle reliability. In fact, well-maintained cars with higher mileage can perform just as well — for a much lower price!
  • Mileage also can’t tell you everything you need to know about a car’s condition. Extreme temperatures, high levels of precipitation, and hilly terrain can deteriorate a car’s condition more quickly.

Why Buy a Used Car At Auto Express?

Not all used car dealerships subject every vehicle to a thorough multi-point inspection. That’s why when you shop with us, you can rest assured that your used car won’t be surprising you with serious mechanical issues sometime down the road. Why else might buying a used car be a better bet for some drivers than buying a CPO car? Take a look:

  • Used cars will always cost less than CPO cars. Just need a car for local driving around Crawfordsville? There’s no reason to pay extra for a recent model year, ultra-low mileage, and the latest tech — especially when you can get a high-quality used car for under 15K!
  • Cars depreciate most quickly in the first three years of ownership. Because many CPO cars are two to three years old, they may still experience a dramatic drop in value after purchase.
  • With the proper care and maintenance, used cars can perform perfectly and keep you safe on the road in Attica for years to come.

Browse High-Quality Used Cars for Sale in Lafayette

Looking to learn more about the difference between used and CPO vehicles or how to obtain insurance coverage for used cars? Stop by our finance center near Frankfort or contact us to speak with an auto finance expert. We’re here to help you find a used car you love, and a financing collusion that fits your needs!

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