Certified Pre-Owned vs Used

What’s The Difference?

Not a lot of drivers know the difference between CPO and used vehicles. While both are technically used, however, there are important distinctions between certified pre-owned and pre-owned models that Mechanicsville drivers should be aware of before getting behind the wheel of a new-to-you car, truck, or SUV.


What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles are vehicles that vary in terms of model year, mileage, and number of previous owners. Since they’ve been previously owned, they come at a lower cost than new vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles. At Nissan of Richmond we also have an inventory of vehicles that cost less than $10,000 for sale. And since these models aren’t new, you won’t have to worry about depreciation. These models may seem like a risk, but they can last for thousands of miles. Even so, it helps to remember:

  • Thoroughly inspect any used vehicle you’re considering and take it for a test drive before making an offer.
  • Discuss any issues in terms of vehicle condition or performance that arise, to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive.
  • Some cars and SUVs can last more than 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance.

What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned models are typically newer models with less mileage than used cars, and have a lower price tag than a new vehicle, but come at a bit of a higher price than the normal used vehicle inventory. These models are also more likely to have the newer technology features Mechanicsville drivers crave. CPO used cars go through the CPO program to ensure they meet the requirements of a CPO vehicle. These requirements include:

  • Model year is within five years of the current model year
  • Generally less than 80,000 miles, sometimes up to 100,000 miles
  • A multi-point inspection
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties

Find Used And Nissan CPO Cars at Nissan of Richmond

Now that you know the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles, explore the CPO and used vehicles for sale at Nissan of Richmond. Schedule a test drive then drive home in your favorite. Also, be sure to check out our used vehicle specials to help you save even more. Contact our finance center with questions or to schedule your test drive!

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