What is the Difference Between Used and Certified Pre-Owned?

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Is it time for you to upgrade from your Fort Worth daily commuter? We’ve got you covered. We have a comprehensive inventory of pre-owned vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles for you to choose from. But, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Both options technically fall under the general category of a pre-owned vehicle but do have their distinct differences. Compare CPO vs. used vehicles today with the experts at Hiley Mazda of Hurst. Then, visit our finance center to begin learning about how you can drive one of our used vehicles home!



Compare CPO vs. Used Vehicles

In general, all used vehicles are vehicles that have been previously owned by other drivers. Pre-owned vehicles are a good option for savvy Hurst car shoppers who are looking for a more affordable vehicle compared to a new one. So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles then? Let’s compare CPO vs. used vehicles below to see which one best fits your needs:

Standard Used Vehicles

  • Standard pre-owned vehicles typically are not restricted to a certain OEM or manufacturer inspection requirements. However, at Hiley Mazda of Hurst, we handpick many of our vehicles to ensure that they’re of the highest quality.
  • If you’re inclined to purchase a pre-owned vehicle that isn’t from our inventory and hasn’t been inspected, make sure you take it to a certified mechanic. Certified technicians can help you identify any issues and the vehicle’s overall condition so that you can take that into account with your bottom line.
  • Oftentimes, vehicle history and maintenance records can be more important than mileage. As long as the vehicle has been well maintained, you can expect it to be a smart choice for your future adventures.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Certified pre-owned vehicles usually go through a rigorous inspection process set forth by the OEM to be deemed as certified. In this case, Mazda is the OEM and has stringent standards before a used vehicle can become certified pre-owned.
  • CPO Mazda vehicles come complete with an AutoCheck® vehicle history report so that you know exactly what you’re getting.
  • If the vehicle history report and detailed 160-point inspection weren’t enough for added peace of mind, certified pre-owned Mazda vehicles are also backed by comprehensive warranties. There is a 12-month or 12,000 miles limited warranty*, a seven-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty**, and much more to make sure that you’re confident in your CPO Mazda vehicle.

While certified pre-owned vehicles typically cost more than a standard pre-owned one, it’s a great way to ensure your vehicle has lower miles, is a newer model year, and comes with a thorough multi-point inspection. Standard pre-owned vehicles are also a good choice if you don’t want to stick with a certain make and have ensured that the vehicle has been inspected by a technician or reputable dealership. 

Find Your Ideal Pre-Owned Car Today at Hiley Mazda of Hurst!

We’ve gone over all the differences between a standard used vehicle and a certified pre-owned one, but which one is right for you? Find your ideal pre-owned vehicle today at our Hurst dealership. The team at Hiley Mazda of Hurst can help you take an in-depth look at one of our vehicles to help you decide which one best fits your lifestyle. As always, please get in touch with someone from our team if you have any questions or concerns!


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