What is the Difference between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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When deciding to buy your next car, you have more options beyond just “new” and “used”. More and more Portsmouth customers find themselves drawn to our CPO inventory, but juts what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Let’s dive into the topic, so you can find just the right match for your needs and budget.

Why Buy a Used Car?

A used vehicle is simply a vehicle that has had a previous owner. They vary tremendously in terms of model year, mileage, number of owners, condition, and other factors. Used vehicles are typically priced lower than new vehicles and certified models. You can even find quality used cars under $10,000 for the Dover roads ahead. And because these vehicles are not new, there’s no need to worry about depreciation. So, what do you need to know about purchasing a used car?

  • Longevity: Modern cars last longer than ever, so even a car with 100,000 miles may have plenty of life left in it. High-mileage options are great choices for those on a tight budget.
  • Quality: Though Porsche Stratham thoroughly inspects used vehicles before sale, dealerships are not required to do this. Be careful when buying on the private market, and consider an inspection by a technician.
  • Repairs: If you’re interested in a used vehicle in need of repairs, be sure to factor in the costs of repairs and maintenance into your final budget.

Why Buy a CPO Car?

Certified pre-owned vehicles are used vehicles with extra assurances for greater peace of mind. Each CPO model is thoroughly inspected by a certified technician at the dealership, which means you can rest assured that your vehicle is working properly with no surprises. In fact, the inspection must follow a set of strict guidelines directed by the manufacturer that includes 111 points of scrutiny. Take a look at the guidelines and benefits of the Porsche CPO program:

  • Current model year vehicles and those of thirteen previous model years from the original in-service date 
  • Less than 124,000 miles are eligible for the Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program
  • 2 Years / Unlimited Miles Warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
  • The vehicle meets the Porsche preparation standards
  • The certification vehicle has been inspected in compliance with our 111-point checklist
  • All work has been performed by Porsche trained technicians
  • Only Genuine Porsche parts have been used

Find Out More About CPO vs. Used Cars with Porsche Stratham

Still not sure whether a used vs. CPO model is in your future? Feel free to reach out to us at Porsche Stratham. Our team is ready to help you find just the right car in Stratham, and we’re happy to serve our neighbors in the York, ME area. Contact us for more information.

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