Used vs. CPO: What's the Difference?

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If you’ve ever shopped for a car, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned (or CPO) vehicles. When it comes to CPO vs. used, they both technically fall under “pre-owned cars,” but there are differences drivers will want to know before making a choice on your next car. Toyota of Irving is here to help our Dallas and Fort Worth drivers decide if they should go used or CPO for their next ride.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

Used vehicles have been previously driven by other owners, and will vary in terms of the model year, mileage, and even the number of previous owners. Because of this, used vehicles are priced lower than new vehicles and often priced lower than certified pre-owned vehicles as well.

Since these vehicles are not new, you won’t have to worry about rapid depreciation. And while buying a used car means there are no mileage limits, many modern vehicles can last more than 100,000 miles with proper care and routine maintenance. When shopping for a used car, it’s good to:

  • Thoroughly inspect any used vehicle you’re considering and take it for a test drive before making an offer.
  • Discuss any issues in terms of vehicle condition or performance that arise to ensure the vehicle is fit for your needs and safe to drive.
  • Consider your budget. If you’re shopping on a tight budget, we have an inventory of used cars under $10,000 for sale in Irving.
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What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

Certified pre-owned vehicles are part of a CPO program where vehicles have to meet strict requirements. To be part of the Toyota Certified Used Vehicle Program, each vehicle needs to

  • Be within the last six model years
  • Have less than 85,000 on the odometer
  • Pass a strict 160-point inspection and reconditioning process

Not only do you have the assurance that your vehicle is new, low-mileage, and in good shape, you’ll also receive the following benefits:

  • 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty
  • 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 1 year of Roadside Assistance
  • Free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report
  • Standard New-Car Financing Rates
  • Transferable extended warranty coverage
  • A warranty honored at over 1,400 Toyota dealers

Some Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come at a higher price than high-mileage used cars, but with all of these benefits, many drivers find them to be the right choice.

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Toyota of Irving

Now that you know what the difference is between used and certified pre-owned, it’s time to explore our inventory to find the used or CPO model that’s best suited for you, whether that’s a used Lexus SUV or a pre-owned Toyota. Give us a call if you have any questions or to schedule a test drive.

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