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

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Certified pre-owned and used vehicles both fall under the “used car” heading, but there are some significant differences that allow used car dealerships in Pensacola to offer several options to buyers. However, both options offer reliability, performance and safety features that drivers are searching for. Explore the differences between used and CPO vehicles before exploring all of the pre-owned options available at Sandy Sansing!

Buying a Used Car

A used vehicle is generally priced considerably lower than a new vehicle, may have had multiple owners, and has varying degrees of mileage. Used vehicles represent a large portion of the market which allows shoppers at used car dealerships in Pensacola to save money on a replacement vehicle. Even though a high-mileage vehicle might present questions, if well cared for, it can perform reliably for many miles to come. Some tips to watch out for when buying a used vehicle include:

  • Inspecting the vehicle thoroughly inside and out
  • Discuss previous history, any existing problems that you notice, and ensure it fits your requirements
  • Consider that many vehicles on the road today have the potential to run for 200,000 miles or more

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Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned models are usually newer with fewer miles and have to satisfy pre-determined condition criteria to be sold under that title. For instance, CPO vehicles typically:

  • Are less than five years old
  • Pass a rigorous inspection of major components
  • Have lower mileage than some used cars

CPO vehicles can come at a higher price than used cars. Pensacola drivers still enjoy that they remain more affordable than a new model and may also still be covered under powertrain and manufacturer warranties. A certified pre-owned choice also means your purchase will have more up to date technology, performance, and safety features

Find a Pre-Owned Vehicles at Sandy Sansing!

Browse through our inventory of certified pre-owned and used cars, trucks, and SUVs to find the perfect choice that fits your budget and driving needs. To reduce the cost of your purchase even more, consider our inventory of used cars under $10,000 where a true bargain is always possible. Also, visit our Sandy Sansing Car Buying Center where drivers can trade-in their used cars. Pensacola drivers love the fact that we will buy their car without them having to buy a replacement from us — we’ll pay top dollar, shake hands, and you’re on your way! In the meantime, learn more about the Nissan CPO program. and BMW reliability with Sandy Sansing.


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