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

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What’s the difference between used and certified pre-owned models? We get this question fairly often from Watsonville shoppers. The distinctions between CPO vs. used can help you make a decision about which type of vehicle is a better option for you. The experts at Santa Cruz Toyota are happy to answer your questions about Toyota certified used vehicles and used models, so that you can make a purchase decision that’s right for you. Read on to learn more about what differentiates these classifications. 


CPO vs. Used Vehicles: Used Cars

When you are shopping for used vehicles in Watsonville you’ll find that they vary considerably in make, model, year, mileage, and more. The variation and the fact that they’ve been owned before make them much more affordable than a new vehicle. The mileage will vary a lot too, and you may find models with over 100,000 miles. The common information passed is that vehicles with this many miles aren’t worthwhile. This isn’t necessarily true though, if they have had regular services then they could run for many miles longer.

  • Standard used cars aren’t required to be inspected before sale, but Santa Cruz Toyota wants to make sure our customers get the highest value for your vehicle. Our team hand-picks our used models. That being said, private sales should be taken with extra caution. 
  • You should discuss any vehicle issues that you notice — either with the dealership or private seller. If you plan to purchase the car, even though it has a few problems, that’s 100% your choice — budget for the cost of the repairs. 
  • 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. 

CPO vs. Used Vehicles: Certified Pre-Owned

Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles have had previous owners, but they aren’t the typical used car. They go through a rigorous Toyota Certified Used Vehicle inspection by our experts, and they are backed by warranties. Of the used cars, they are of the utmost value. For example, the requirements for an ToyotaCPO model include the following: 

  • Model year is less than 7 years/less than 85,000 miles 
  • A multi-point inspection: 160-Point Inspection (165 for FCV, 174 for Hybrids)
  • Basic warranty terms 12 months/12,000 miles 
  • Powertrain warranty 7 years/100,000 miles 

CPO vehicles are typically newer models with less mileage. They come at a higher price than used cars, but they’re still more affordable than a new car. If you’re looking for more updated features for your Santa Clara commutes, then you might want to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Santa Cruz Toyota

After answering the question, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned,”, it’s time to explore our CPO and used vehicles for sale in Capitola outside of Santa Clara, then schedule a visit to our showroom to test drive your favorite options. Value your trade today to get the financing process moving.

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