When looking to purchase a vehicle that'll surely give your Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, MA, travels an upgrade, deciding to purchase a used vehicle is a great option. With this purchase, you have access to all the same features you'd get if you bought new and with added value.

Although, while doing your car research, you may notice a third car-buying option: certified pre-owned (CPO). In this used vs. CPO guide, we at Ira Subaru discuss the similarities and differences between these two purchasing options to help you decide which is right for you. Continue reading to learn more and contact us with any questions!

Used vs Certified Pre-Owned: The Similarities

While they have two different names, used and CPO vehicles do share some similarities. One major similarity is that both used vehicles and CPO vehicles have been previously owned by other drivers.

It doesn't matter if they were driven by one driver or multiple drivers before finding their way to you. As long as someone else was the owner of the vehicle first, it can either be considered a used or CPO vehicle.

Used vs Certified Pre-Owned: The Differences

When comparing used vs. CPO vehicles, you'll find more differences than similarities. That's because CPO vehicles must pass a comprehensive test before they can wear this badge of honor. Here are some of the criteria they must pass.

  • Thorough History: The first step to determining a vehicle's eligibility for the CPO program is whether it has a complete vehicle history. This means the vehicle must follow the manufacturer maintenance recommendations.
  • Vehicle Inspection: If a complete CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ is available, the next step to determining eligibility for the CPO program is a rigorous vehicle inspection of more than 152 points. This inspection looks at multiple parts of the vehicle-like the underbody, interior, and exterior.
  • Road Test: With a road test, the inspecting technician will look at things like engine sounds, steering wheel alignment, cruise control, and more.

Extra Benefits with Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

If, when purchasing your new-to-you car, you want a little more, buying a CPO vehicle may be right for you. That's because CPO vehicles come with extra benefits, like:

  • Factory-backed 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • SiriusXM® 3-month trial subscription

Used vs Certified Pre-Owned: Which Will You Choose?

When ready to give your Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, Massachusetts, travels an upgrade, purchasing either a used or CPO vehicle gives you access to the features you want and need. While there are some differences between used and CPO vehicles, you can't go wrong with either type.

To decide whether used vs. CPO is right for you, head over to our dealership. Here, you can get an up-close look at our model inventory and speak with one of our experts to help you decide which purchasing option fits your needs. Don't wait any longer. Contact us or visit us at Ira Subaru today to get started!

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