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

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Like other Chicago shoppers, you may be asking, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” The experts at Sutton Ford have put together this CPO vs. used comparison guide so you can feel confident in your purchasing decision. Keep reading to find out which option suits you best, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions.



CPO vs. Used: What You Need to Know

When it comes to CPO vs. used vehicles, they are similar in that they both have had previous owners. However, there are important differences between both that you should consider if you want to make the right decision for your needs. First, let’s talk about buying used cars near Hammond.

Buying a Used Vehicle

Used vehicles are more budget-friendly than new and CPO vehicles. This is due to their variances in make, model, year, and mileage. While some discerning New Lenox drivers will try to avoid used vehicles with too many miles, it’s worth noting that a used vehicle that has been properly taken care of can last upwards of 200,000 miles. That said, a used vehicle with 100,000 miles can still be a great investment if it has well-documented maintenance records. Here are some other important considerations when buying a used car:

  • Exercise caution if you go through a private seller, as they don’t have a well-established reputation like a dealership.
  • No matter if you are buying from a dealership or a private seller, be sure to bring up any issues you notice with the used vehicle. You can still purchase the vehicle if you wish, but you will need to factor those repair costs into your budget.
  • Although OEMs don’t require standard used cars to go through an inspection before they’re sold, you don’t have to worry when you shop at Sutton Ford. We hand-pick all of our used vehicles to ensure you get the highest quality for your hard-earned dollar.
  • Sutton Ford also offers a selection of quality used vehicles under $15k for our shoppers on a tight budget.

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

Unlike standard used vehicles, certified pre-owned vehicles go through a rigorous inspection by a certified technician to ensure they meet the quality standards set by the manufacturer. This means that they are more expensive than standard used vehicles, but they’re still more affordable than brand-new cars. Ford’s certification program is called Ford Blue Advantage and includes two levels of certification to cater to your needs: Gold Certified and Blue Certified. Take a look at the details below.

Gold Certified Vehicle Specifications

  • Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
  • Passed a thorough 172-point inspection
  • 12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
  • 7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • 22,000 FordPass Rewards Points to use toward your first two maintenance visits

Blue Certified Vehicle Specifications

  • Any make and model up to 10 years old with less than 120,000 miles
  • Passed a detailed 139-point inspection
  • 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • 11,000 FordPass Rewards Points to use toward your first maintenance visit

Compare CPO vs. Used Vehicles at Sutton Ford Today!

Now that you have the answer to, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?”, why not visit us in Matteson to compare CPO vs. used vehicles in person? Our no-pressure showroom and dedicated staff make it easy to find the perfect model for your needs. While you’re here, be sure to check out our other car buying tips!


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