What’s the Difference Between Certified Pre-Owned and Used?

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If you’re a Kirkland driver interested in the many benefits of a pre-owned Accord, CR-V, or another model, you may have wondered “what’s the difference between certified pre-owned and used options?” In the following guide, our knowledgeable Honda of Kirkland staff has detailed what sets certified vs. used vehicles apart so you can understand the difference and choose the best option for you and your Redmond lifestyle. 


Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Vehicles

Used cars that meet or exceed multiple high-level standards will earn the qualification of a certified pre-owned (CPO) model. Buying CPO vs. used means — though you’ll pay more than a standard used vehicle — you’ll pay much less than buying a brand new, drive-off-the-lot model. You can be confident in the following facts about your Honda CPO vehicle: 

  • Passed a rigorous, 182-point inspection conducted by a factory-trained Honda technician
  • Includes 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • Offered with extended warranties and/or limited powertrain warranties
  • Nearly-new cosmetic exterior and interior condition
  • Newer features and technologies
  • Won’t suffer such a steep drive-off-the-lot depreciation as a brand new car

CPO vs. Used: Pros and Cons

While the aforementioned points delineate the many pros associated with opting for a certified pre-owned model for your next Woodinville vehicle, there are also situations in which a standard used model may be best for you. Consider the following advantages of a typical used vehicle when deciding between CPO vs. used: 

  • More affordable
  • Better short term solution
  • May still include factory warranty (be sure to ask)

Shop for Pre-Owned Honda Models at Honda of Kirkland

What is the difference between a used and certified pre-owned car? Now that you know some of the pros and cons, you can better decide what is best for your current Seattle lifestyle and budget. Sometimes, available models may also be a deciding factor for you. Browse our current extensive, online inventory of both CPO and used cars and contact us about any models that pique your interest then explore your auto financing options!


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