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

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If you’re shopping for used cars in Green Bay, you’ve probably wondered about the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles. While both are categories of used cars, CPO models typically cost more and must meet strict requirements for age, mileage, and condition. In the guide below, Van's Honda takes a detailed look at the key differences between used and certified pre-owned Honda cars, trucks, and SUVs.

More About Honda Used Cars

All Honda used cars have been driven by one or more previous owners, and may vary widely in terms of vehicle age, mileage, and other factors. Every used model that we sell at Van's Honda must pass a thorough inspection by certified Honda technicians before it is allowed on our lot in Green Bay. However, used vehicles don’t need to meet the same strict standards as certified pre-owned models. As a result, used cars tend to cost less than CPO cars. These vehicles can be the perfect solution if you’re looking for a reliable older vehicle to drive locally around Depere. You’ll find plenty of affordable Honda used cars in our inventory, including a great selection priced under 10k.

Uneasy about buying a vehicle with 100,000 miles or more? No worries. With proper maintenance, today’s new vehicles are capable of far more than that! Here are a few points to keep in mind while you shop Honda used cars near Appleton:

  • Dealerships aren’t required to inspect non-CPO used vehicles, but you can count on us to go above and beyond. We inspect each and every used vehicle to ensure that it meets our standards.
  • When you visit the dealership to rest drive a used car, be sure to learn as much as you can about the vehicle maintenance history, any past mechanical issues, or any accidents. If you love the car but suspect repairs looming on the horizon, you may be able to negotiate a lower price.
  • Another benefit of used cars is that they depreciate far more slowly than new cars. Vehicles depreciate most rapidly in the first three years of ownership, so your used car will hold its value much better than a new model.

More About Honda CPO Cars

What do you need to know about CPO vs. used cars? Green Bay drivers should be aware that CPO cars will almost certainly cost more than used cars, but less than new cars. These models come with special perks like Honda-backed 7-Year/100,000-Mile* Powertrain coverage, and they’re a great choice if you need an affordable vehicle that can handle a long commute or frequent road trips. To be designated as CPO, Honda used cars must:

  • Pass a stringent multi-point inspection by factory-trained technicians.
  • Be 7 years old or less.
  • Have less than 100,000 miles on the odometer.

Shop Honda Used Cars in Green Bay

Still unsure about the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles when it comes to your driving needs and budget in Manitowoc? We’re here to help. Reach out to the Honda finance center for more information about CPO benefits, and see how much you can save with our current pre-owned vehicle specials.

*7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain coverage measured from the original in-service date. See dealer for limited warranty details.

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