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Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: What’s the Difference?

Have your eye on a luxury vehicle and want a great price? Both used and certified used vehicles are great options. However, you’ll want to make sure you understand all the differences between used vs. CPO vehicles, so you can make a savvy purchase. Discover more about both types of pre-owned vehicles, as well as the details of the Mercedes-Benz CPO Program, with Fletcher Jones Motorcars! 

What Are Certified Used Vehicles?

CPO_MBUSAWhile used and certified used vehicles are both pre-owned, there are definite differences between the two. For starters, certified used vehicles are held to the high standards of manufacturers’ certified pre-owned programs. With most CPO programs, certified used vehicles must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass a comprehensive multi-point inspection
  • Include a clear vehicle history report
  • Meeting low mileage and age requirements
  • Standard warranty coverage included
  • And more!

Benefits of Used vs. CPO

CPO vehicles offer enticing benefits, but used vehicles aren’t without their own advantages. Make an informed choice by comparing the benefits of both used and certified used vehicles: 

Used Vehicles

  • Less expensive than certified used vehicles
  • Can be good quality, but a mechanic should confirm the vehicle’s mechanically sound
  • Negotiating prices is easier
  • Can purchase an extended warranty if desired

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Are required to pass a rigorous inspection
  • Warranties come with purchase
  • Can include more advanced features 
  • Generally newer and lower mileage

Deciding Between Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned

The lower price tag of used vehicles makes them great options for those with tighter budgets. What’s more, you can find used vehicles that are in great condition. Still, you’ll need to do your due diligence to make sure the vehicle you’re eyeing is a smart buy. We suggest checking vehicle history reports, requesting service records, and having a mechanic inspect your vehicle for any potential issues. 

If the idea of a newer vehicle with the latest features is appealing, you’re probably already considering a certified pre-owned model. The fact that these vehicles come with warranty coverage and have passed rigorous inspections makes them even more desirable. This not only saves you the legwork of vetting a vehicle yourself, but it can also keep you protected down the road. 

Mercedes-Benz CPO Program Overview

As with all things Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes-Benz CPO Program has high standards. To become a certified used Mercedes-Benz, a vehicle must:

  • Be less than six years old
  • Not have passed 75,000 miles on the odometer
  • Completed a comprehensive 162-point inspection

Better yet, the Platinum Certified vehicles at Fletcher Jones Motorcars have Mercedes-Benz Service A* or Mercedes-Benz Service B* performed at the time of inspection and have a 55,000 mileage limit. 

Mercedes-Benz CPO Warranty Coverage

If you drive home a Mercedes-Benz certified used vehicle, you’ll start off with any remaining portion of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty transferred. Once that warranty has run its course, the Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty will activate and provide 12-months of coverage with unlimited mileage. The Mercedes-Benz CPO Warranty also provides additional advantages that Laguna Beach drivers appreciate, such as: 

  • Trip Interruption Coverage 
  • Vehicle Exchange Privilege
  • 24/7 Personal Assistance
  • Nationwide Dealer Support
  • And more!

Compare Our Used vs. CPO Inventory Near Huntington Beach!

When it comes time for you to decide between a used vs. CPO vehicle, make your way to our showroom near Corona Del Mar. You’ll find an excellent selection of pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, not to mention friendly and informed associates who are ready to help you find your next vehicle. We even offer pre-owned vehicle specials for even better pricing! 

*Oil and filter change is the base advertised service component. Additional services as determined by your vehicle’s ASSYST Plus system, which calculates service needs based on your driving habits, time, mileage and environmental conditions, may increase service cost.

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