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

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Our used vehicles team near Madison hears this question a lot: “What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned?” Simply put, a certified pre-owned car — or CPO — is a lower mileage, newer used vehicle that has passed a rigorous multi-point inspection designed by the manufacturer to ensure that the car is as close to like-new as possible. Learn more about CPO vs. used with Mazda of Jackson.


What to Know About Buying a CPO Car

If you want to know what is the difference between a used and a certified pre-owned car, start with the vehicle’s manufacturer. Each manufacturer that offers a CPO program sets the standards required for a car to be certified whether it’s in Ridgeland or Brandon. The standards for a certified pre-owned Mazda include passing a 160-point inspection that covers all systems of the vehicle. While CPO vs. used comes out in favor of used in terms of sticker price, CPO cars come with warranties that aren’t offered on used cars. When you purchase a Mazda CPO you’ll get coverage that includes:

  • 12-month/12,000 mile CPO vehicle limited warranty
  • 7-year/100,00 mile limited powertrain warranty
  • Zero deductible on covered repairs
  • 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
  • Autocheck® vehicle history report
  • Complimentary 3-month SiriusXM trial

To learn about getting in-house financing on a used car or CPO car, visit Mazda of Jackson.

What to Know About Buying a Used Car

You can still get a used car with many good years left even if it hasn’t qualified for the certification. You’ll find a huge variety of makes, models, years, mileage, and features. Used cars are usually priced lower than CPO — Mazda of Jackson even has a selection of used cars under $10,000. Regardless of which used car you purchased, one thing they all have in common is they don’t have the large depreciation in value that you experience when you purchase a new car. And even if a used car isn’t certified, our service department still inspects every used car before it hits our sales lot.

CPO vs. Used? Choose at Mazda of Jackson!

No matter what kind of used car best suits your needs, visit Mazda of Jackson to find it! Our extensive inventory features selection to suit every driving style in the Jackson area. Contact us and share your used car needs with us, and we’ll get started on helping you find the perfect car at the right price!

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