Do you know the difference between a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle and a used one? Though they may seem to be the same thing at first, they're actually a bit different. Here's why:

CPO vehicles

A CPO vehicle is one that has been previously owned (usually with no more than 60,000 to 80,000 miles) and is no older than 5 to 7 years—though the time and mileage warranties vary by manufacturer. A CPO vehicle comes complete with an inspection and a guarantee that repairs have been made to any damaged or worn-out parts. These vehicles have been certified by the dealer and are in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. 

A CPO vehicle must be in excellent condition, have low mileage, and be mechanically and cosmetically sound. If a car doesn't meet the CPO program requirements, it’s either fixed or rejected from the program. Every automaker has a different set of specifications, but ultimately CPO vehicles are going to be the highest-quality used cars. 

Used vehicles

When buying a used car, the buyer must pay for an inspection and any repairs. A CPO vehicle typically includes an extended warranty, a limited bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a number of convenience services, such as 24-hour roadside assistance. A used car usually only offers the remainder of the factory warranty (if it's still in effect and fully transferable). 


With these descriptions, we hope it's easier to understand the difference between a CPO vehicle and a used one. If you have any questions or would like to see Lynch Ford Chevrolet's own selection of CPO vehicles, don't hesitate to call or contact us online.