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

When searching for a used vehicle, Apex drivers want peace of mind. Thus, the differences between a CPO vs. a used vehicle are essential. First, you should know that both qualify as used cars. However, a certified pre-owned car goes through an extensive OEM inspection before it can qualify for the CPO program. At Hendrick Kia of Cary, we provide a detailed answer to “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” right here in our comprehensive guide!

CPO vs. Used: Used Vehicle Details

As you know, used vehicles come with a lower price point than new vehicles. The price drop takes into consideration model, year, mileage, and the number of previous owners. Despite the rumors, high mileage on a used vehicle does not depreciate its value. Instead, the care and maintenance of the vehicle over time can outweigh the number of miles. When purchasing a used car, keep the following in mind:

  • Before purchasing any used vehicle, have it inspected by a technician you trust. At Hendrick Kia of Cary, all of our used vehicles have been exhaustively inspected by our very own service department.
  • Take the used car you’re interested in for a test drive around Apex to ensure you’re comfortable behind the wheel. While you’re out, be on high alert for any strange noises or other potential issues that may exist.
  • If you pick up on issues that were not disclosed to you, ask about them. You need to feel confident that the vehicle is safe and that you’re paying a fair price.

CPO vs. Used: CPO Details

When exploring CPO vs. used vehicles, keep in mind that there are requirements that a used car needs to pass to qualify as a certified pre-owned vehicle. To qualify for the Kia CPO Program, a used Kia must adhere to these stringent requirements:

  • Pass a 164-point inspection
  • No more than 5 model years old
  • Less than 60,000 miles on the odometer

CPO vehicles are usually newer than standard used vehicles and have low mileage, which typically contributes to a higher price range. In addition to the peace of mind you’ll feel from the CPO qualification factors, Kia CPO models offer these extra benefits:

  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance
  • Kia Certified Pre-Owned 10-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty (coverage begins on the original in-service date)
  • 1-Year/12,000 miles of Platinum Coverage
  • Travel breakdown coverage, emergency towing coverage, and rental car coverage

Compare CPO vs. Used from Hendrick Kia of Cary

Whether you live near Durham or in Raleigh, you deserve a quality vehicle. Contact our team at Hendrick Kia of Cary to learn more about the CPO vs. used options available at our showroom or with further questions relating to “what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” We are always happy to provide car-buying information you can trust!

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