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

Used cars on a lot


Here at Sam Leman Ford we carry a huge inventory of used cars, trucks, and SUVs as well as a fine selection of certified pre-owned vehicles, any one of which could be an ideal choice to upgrade your Champaign commute. So, what is the difference between used and certified pre-owned? Certified pre-owned vehicles are like-new models that have been approved by the manufacturer and come with exclusive benefits that are more commonly associated with a new car purchase. Learn more in this CPO vs. used guide from Sam Leman Ford.

About Used Cars 

A used vehicle is one that has been previously owned and is offered for resale at a price that is significantly less than that of a new car. Some things to remember when shopping for a used car in the Decatur area include:

  • While most shoppers will want to avoid a used car with 100,000 miles or more on the odometer, a high mileage pre-owned vehicle that has been kept up to date on routine maintenance and care can be a better choice than a low-mileage vehicle that has been neglected.
  • Used vehicles are not required by the manufacturer to be inspected before being sold. However, at Sam Leman Ford we have our experienced service team inspect each of our used vehicles for safety and quality. 
  • Used vehicles do not typically come with any kind of warranty coverage, so you should factor the cost of maintenance and repairs into your budget.
  • The used vehicles for sale at Sam Leman Ford are competitively priced, and in addition to offering a selection of used cars priced under $10,000, we also feature a variety of used vehicle specials so you can get the best deal possible.

About CPO Vehicles

What is the difference between used and certified pre-owned vehicles? CPO vehicles must meet the strict standards of the original manufacturer in order to be certified. Here are some of the details regarding the Ford Certified Pre-Owned program:

  • Only used Ford vehicles that are 6 years old or less and have no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer are eligible for certification.
  • A 172-point vehicle inspection is performed by a factory-trained Ford technician, and any maintenance or reconditioning is completed using only genuine Ford OEM parts.
  • A free CARFAX™ vehicle history report is available with all Ford Certified vehicles.
  • All Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are covered by a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper along with a powertrain warranty that is extended to 7 years and 100,000 miles from when the car was new. The Ford CPO warranty is transferable if you decide to resell the vehicle.
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance is included with all of our Ford Certified vehicles.
  • Rental-car reimbursement of up to $30 a day for any day your certified used Ford is in the shop for repairs overnight (for up to five days).
  • Travel reimbursement of $500 a day for up to 3 days if your vehicle breaks down.

Choose Your Used or Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Today at Sam Leman Ford!

Now that you have reviewed our CPO vs. used guide, we invite you to visit our dealership near Normal to take your preferred used or certified pre-owned vehicle out for a test drive. Plan on financing your purchase? You can apply online and get pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office. If you have further questions about the difference between used and certified pre-owned, or if you’d like to schedule a test drive in Bloomington, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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