What is the Difference Between a Certified Pre-Owned Car and a Manufacturer Certified Pre-Owned Car?

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LOS ANGELES - Jan. 30, 2014 - PRLog -- Buying a new car is a sizable investment and with the economy being a bit rough in the past several years, many consumers are looking for other reliable vehicle options.  While buying used can be a bit risky in terms of not knowing vehicle history, how the vehicle was driven, or wondering if the vehicle was ever in a major accident. Dealers and Manufacturers have worked to take away some of the risk of buying used by offering Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

A Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle is a used vehicle that the dealership has put through an inspection process set by the dealership or third party vendor. The dealer or assigned mechanic will repair any known worn or damaged parts before reconditioning the vehicle back as close to new condition as possible.  When buying a non-certified used vehicle the consumer would take the risk of purchasing the vehicle as is or having a mechanic inspect the vehicle and being financially responsible for any repairs that may be needed.

What is a Manufacturer Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

A Manufacturer Certified Pre-Owned (OEM CPO) vehicle is a used vehicle that has been put through a thorough inspection process with strict guidelines set forth by the vehicle manufacturer.  Requirements vary from one manufacturer to another though generally the vehicle is six years or newer and has less than 80,000 miles.  Compared to a CPO vehicle, an OEM CPO vehicle provides additional peace of mind knowing that the vehicle has been held to strict standards set by the manufacturer rather than your local small dealership down the road.

Knowing the difference between a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle and a Manufacturer Certified Pre-owned vehicle sets you apart from the average consumer.  As both a CPO and OEM CPO may come with additional warranties and other perks, always be sure to read the exact warranty details, not just the promotional materials.  Know what will be included and what will be your responsibility.

Buying a Manufacturer Certified Pre-Owned vehicle bridges the gap between purchasing used and purchasing new. At www.CertifiedCars.com/CPO you can compare programs from any of the 32 manufacturers that offer OEM CPO vehicles.  Knowing what vehicle MAKES you are interested in and their CPO program details will help match your next vehicle purchase to best fit your needs. Happy driving!

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