Used vs. Certified Cars

Used and Certified Vehicles

There are used cars and there are certified pre-owned cars. While both fall under the “used car” umbrella, there are major differences between these two types of vehicles that you should learn about before you decide which one to choose.

On this page, we at Route 2 Auto Sales will give you a detailed overview of what sets used cars apart for certified pre-owned cars and what the pros are of buying either type of used vehicle. Shoppers in the Warwick area should read ahead to get started!

Used Cars vs Certified Cars: Overview

Certified Pre-Owned VehiclesUsed cars and certified pre-owned cars find common ground in terms of having at least one previous owner. In this regard, they are the same. However, these two types of cars begin to differ when it comes to certification—not all used cars are certified.

When it comes to how a used car becomes a certified pre-owned car, it can vary a bit from auto manufacturer to auto manufacturer. However, most certified pre-owned cars must go through a certification process and meet the following qualifications:

  • Have under a certain number of miles
  • Be under a certain number of years old
  • Have a nearly spotless car history report
  • Ability to pass a thorough multipoint inspection

While traditional used cars aren’t typically subjected to thorough top-to-bottom qualification inspections like CPO models, there are still just as many benefits of buying a used car. Read ahead to learn more.

The Pros of Buying a Used Car or Certified Car

Used CarsThe most significant pro of opting for a used car is how far you can stretch your budget. No matter what kind of personal budget you’re on, you’ll be able to find a used car that fits your needs. There are thousands and thousands of used cars on the market in all shapes, sizes, makes, models, colors, and trim levels—you just need to use the right tools to find the one you’re looking for.

As for certified pre-owned vehicles, the most exciting benefit is their high “like-new” quality. Just about all auto manufacturers are fairly selective when it comes to the vehicles that they accept into their certified pre-owned programs—not all used cars that go through the certification process are chosen. Subsequently, you can count on any certified pre-owned model you pick out being of the highest quality possible.

Find Your Next Pre-Owned Vehicle!

As you can see, whether you go with a used car or a certified pre-owned vehicle, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Now that you have a better idea of what you want in terms of your next pre-owned vehicle, we at Route 2 Auto Sales want to help you take the next step towards finding your next used car.

Right on our website, shoppers in the Warwick area can browse our expansive pre-owned car inventory. When you find something that you can see yourself in, give us a call to schedule a test drive!


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