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

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No one warns you about all of the research that goes into purchasing a car. Terms like “used” and “Certified Pre-Owned (CPO)” can get confusing when they seem so much alike. That’s why we’re here to break down the differences between Woodhouse Missouri Valley used cars, CPO models, and the benefits of each. 

Once you read through, you’ll have all the knowledge needed to succeed in your car-buying journey. 

Used Vehicles

When a car has the label of being a “used” vehicle, it simply means that the car had a previous owner. Used Chevrolets can have any number of miles on them, any number of repairs, and years of use. The big benefit to buying used is that they are significantly cheaper up-front than their new counterparts. 

Used cars also depreciate in value much more slowly, so they’re an excellent investment especially if you’re trying to resell in the future. They’ll hold their value even longer when you keep up with Chevy services that make it continue to run smoothly.

We understand it may seem risky, not knowing how the previous owner treated your vehicle, but many of our used Chevy cars come with vehicle history reports. These reports detail any maintenance or accidents the car may have been involved with to better inform your decision. 

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicles

It takes an exceptional vehicle to earn the coveted Certified Pre-Owned title. Each CPO Chevy must go through a 172-point vehicle inspection and a reconditioning process before we can put it out on our lot. 

It’s basically as close to a new Chevy that you can get but at a fraction of the price. These vehicles are guaranteed to meet manufacturer standards and often offer extended warranties that can offer peace of mind while you’re going about the car-purchasing process. 

There are many other CPO benefits that one of our knowledgeable staff members can go over with you the next time you visit, but the bottom line is that you can get a high-quality Chevy on almost any budget. 

Whether you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative, a better investment, or simply a way to keep an unwanted vehicle out of a landfill, we’re eager to help you find the perfect used Chevy for your lifestyle and budget. Come into Woodhouse Chevrolet today where we can set you up with a test drive and answer any further questions you might have.