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

Looking for a luxury car on a budget? Used and certified pre-owned vehicles can offer luxe features at a lower price point, but not everyone understands the difference between used vs. CPO models. To make sure you’re taking the right approach to purchasing a new-to-you vehicle, Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu shares the main differences between used vs. certified pre-owned vehicles below. Look through our guide, and then feel free to contact our finance team with any questions! 

What Makes a Certified Used Vehicle?

OW_CPOTechnically, certified used vehicles and used vehicles are both considered pre-owned as they have been owned and driven by another owner. However, certified used vehicles set themselves apart by passing the standards of a CPO program. Manufacturers have strict requirements for vehicles accepted into these programs. Typically, certified pre-owned vehicles: 

  • Must pass an intensive multi-point inspection
  • Include a clear vehicle history report
  • Must meet certain age/mileage requirements
  • Are backed by warranty coverage
  • And more!

Used vs. CPO: Comparing Benefits 

The backing of a CPO program can be quite appealing to shoppers around Ewa Beach and Mililani, yet used vehicles have their own set of benefits. Compare the benefits of used vs. certified pre-owned vehicles below:
 
Used Vehicles

  • Usually priced lower than certified used models
  • A mechanic can check the vehicle to confirm its mechanically sound
  • Has more room for price negotiation
  • Many dealers offer extended warranties for purchase

Certified Pre-Owned

  • Warranty is included
  • Has already passed a rigorous inspection
  • Often newer and with lower mileage
  • May offer more advanced features thanks to newer model years

Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: Which Should I Buy?

Both can be solid choices, although if price is your top priority, a used model will offer more budget-friendly pricing. And while certified used models are backed by CPO programs, you can also find dependable used models if you take the time to be a savvy shopper. Review vehicle history reports, request service records, and have the vehicle checked by a mechanic to vet your used vehicle purchase. 

If you prefer the convenience and peace of mind that comes with having that work done for you, a certified pre-owned vehicle can be worth the extra cost. In addition to saving time, drivers can also access the latest features and technologies offered, as certified pre-owned vehicles are typically newer. Top that off with generous warranty protection, and it’s clear that for many Kapolei shoppers, it could be worth paying a little extra to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle

Mercedes-Benz CPO Program

As with most things Mercedes-Benz, the CPO program strives to exceed the expectations of Aiea drivers. In order to be accepted into the Mercedes-Benz CPO program, a vehicle:

  • Must be less than six years old
  • Must have fewer than 75,000 miles on the odometer
  • Must pass a comprehensive 162-point inspection

Mercedes-Benz CPO Warranty

If you purchase a certified used Mercedes-Benz, you will first enjoy any of the remaining 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, which is automatically transferred to you. Once that warranty expires, the Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty delivers an extra 12-months of coverage with unlimited mileage. With this warranty, you’ll not only find the protection of crucial vehicle components and systems, but you’ll also enjoy perks like:

  • 24/7 Personal Assistance
  • Nationwide Dealer Support
  • Trip Interruption Coverage 
  • Vehicle Exchange Privilege
  • And more!

Compare Our Used vs. CPO Inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu!

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, it’s often just better to compare models for yourself. If you’re ready to take that step, schedule a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu. Our showroom is well-stocked with used and certified pre-owned models for you to choose from, and our flexible financing makes the purchasing process stress-free! 

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