Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned

Used cars on a car lot

What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? If you’re asking yourself this question, you aren’t alone. A certified pre-owned car is a used car, but a used car isn’t necessarily a certified pre-owned (or CPO) car. CPO models must meet strict standards put into place by the manufacturer in order to get the benefits of the CPO program. In this guide from Sunset Kia of Auburn, we’ll discuss CPO vs. used cars to help you determine which new-to-you option is best for you. Then, you can peruse our current inventory to find a vehicle that meets your needs and budget.

Buying Used

Used cars have had at least one previous owner, and the options throughout our used car inventory vary considerably in make, model, year, mileage, and more.

  • Standard used cars do not require an inspection prior to being sold. We still inspect every vehicle for quality at Sunset Kia of Auburn, but this is one reason why you should be wary of buying from a private seller.
  • Used vehicles can have a wide range of mileage, widening your options when you’re shopping on a tighter budget.
  • When you buy used, there’s no limit on age. Are you a fan of an older model that’s no longer in production? Buying used might be your only option.

Buying CPO

Before a vehicle can be designated as certified pre-owned, it must meet strict manufacturer standards, including passing a rigorous inspection by a certified technician. As part of the Kia CPO program, your vehicle:

  • Must pass a 165-point inspection
  • Must be no more than four years older than the current model year and have fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer
  • Comes with a 10-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • Comes with 1-Year/12,000-Mile Comprehensive Platinum Coverage
  • Includes a CARFAX report
  • Includes roadside assistance
  • Includes 3-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial and more!

Because of the mileage and age requirements, CPO vehicles are usually newer, lower-mileage options for used car shoppers. They’re a great option for someone who wants the savings of buying used with the benefits of a new car.

Why Buy from Sunset Kia of Auburn

When you buy from Sunset Kia of Auburn, you get access to Sunset Auto Family exclusives. But did you know that Oil Changes for Life and Warranty Protection for Life aren’t just limited to new car buyers? Select pre-owned vehicles from Sunset Kia of Auburn include

  • Warranty Protection for Life – This limited powertrain warranty covers practically any vehicle component that ever touches motor oil for as long as you own the vehicle.
  • Oil Changes for Life – Have one of your vehicle’s most essential services taken care of for as long as you’re the owner!

Shop for Pre-Owned Vehicles at Sunset Kia of Auburn

Still wondering, “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles?” Feel free to contact us with any questions or stop by in person. We can also get you set up with a test drive.Or in the meantime, browse our wide selection of used vehicles, including used Kia Sorento models!

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