What is the Difference Between Used & Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles?

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Are you curious, “what is the difference between used and Acura certified pre-owned vehicles?” We get that question a lot. There are a few important distinctions between each type of used model. The experts at Weir Canyon Acura are happy to answer your questions about used and certified used cars, so that you can make a purchase decision that’s right for you. Keep reading to dive into the specific differences between used vs. Acura CPO. 

Used Car vs. Acura CPO: What You Need to Know

Used cars have previous, and have quite a bit of variation in the make, model, year, mileage, and more. Due to these variances, and the fact that they’ve had previous owners, they’re more affordable than a new or CPO vehicle. Many Montclair car shoppers will be pleased to learn that we have a selection of under-$20k used models that provide drivers with plenty of options at a great price. 

You’ll also find a large amount of variation when it comes to mileage, and while it may seem like a used car with 100,000 miles is a risky decision, it could very well last for hundreds of thousands of miles if they are well taken care of, but you should still keep a few tips in mind: 

  • Although it isn’t required to have a full inspection of used cars, our team is still dedicated to offering our Montclair customers the best service possible. So, we hand-pick our used models. If you are shopping with a private seller, be cautious as there isn’t the experience and reputation for reliability of a dealership. 
  • Whether with a dealership or private seller, you should discuss potential issues you notice in the vehicle with the seller. If you are interested in purchasing the car anyway, even though it has a few problems, just make sure you factor money for the repairs into your shopping budget. 
  • If a vehicle has proper care and maintenance, some vehicles can last upwards of 200,000 miles. High-mileage used cars aren’t always bad options, especially if you’re on a strict budget. 

Buying a CPO Car: What You Need to Know

Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles have also been owned, but they are the exceptional of the used car category. They go through thorough inspections of pre-owned vehicles that are backed by manufacturer warranties and have passed a rigorous inspection completed by a certified technician. This gold standard of vehicle is backed by a number of inspections, warranties and information to ensure the highest quality: 

  • Owner’s Manual
  • New Car Warranty Manual
  • Certified Warranty booklet
  • Vehicle History Report (full history/title check report)
  • Copy of 182-point inspection checklist (once completed)
  • Radio security code
  • Navigation code (if applicable)
  • Maintenance Journal

Certified used cars are usually newer models with less mileage. They usually have a higher price than used cars, but they’re still more affordable than a new car. If you’re interested in more updated features for your Montclair commutes, then you might want to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.

Explore the Pre-Owned Vehicles at Weir Canyon Acura Today

After diving into the details that separate certified used cars from traditional, take the time to explore our CPO and used vehicle for sale in Anaheim. Then you can schedule a visit to our showroom, not far from Montclair, for some test drives and take the time to explore our car buying tips from the experts on our staff. 


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