What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

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When shopping for a used car, there will be two major categories: used and certified pre-owned. What is a certified pre-owned car? A used car, truck, or SUV can be listed as certified pre-owned, or “CPO”, if it meets certain high-quality standards of the original manufacturer. To be eligible for certification, a used car must be a late-model vehicle with low mileage and must also undergo a thorough multi-point inspection.

By choosing a CPO vehicle, Bloomington area drivers can avoid the risks commonly associated with a used car, and enjoy many of the benefits that usually come with a new car. Delve deeper into the CPO meaning and the difference between certified pre-owned and used vehicles with Sam Leman Automotive Group, and then browse our certified pre-owned inventory to find a late-model pre-owned vehicle that checks all your boxes!

What is a Certified Pre-Owned Car?

So, what is a certified pre-owned car? Each automaker has its own unique CPO program, so the CPO meaning will change from brand to brand. That said, the benefits that Morton area buyers can expect from a certified pre-owned model almost always include:

  • Late Model/Low Mileage Vehicle – A CPO car generally can be no more than 4 to 6 years old, and have less than 40,000 to 80,000 miles to be certified.
  • Multipoint Inspection – A rigorous mechanical and appearance inspection must be performed by a factory-certified technician, and any reconditioning must be done in compliance with the manufacturer’s standards.
  • Vehicle History Report – CPO programs also include a free vehicle history report, so you find out all there is to know about the vehicle.
  • Warranty – One major difference between certified pre-owned and used cars is that a certified pre-owned vehicle will come with the remaining balance of the new car warranty, plus a limited CPO warranty that often includes bumper-to-bumper and/or powertrain coverage with 0% deductible.
  • Roadside Assistance –  CPO vehicles will offer 24-hour roadside assistance, covering emergency fuel delivery, jump starts, emergency lock-out protection, free loaner vehicles, towing, trip interruption protection, and more.
  • Special Financing – Special CPO financing is available to eligible buyers.
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Test Drive a CPO Vehicle Today at Sam Leman Automotive Group

Knowing the CPO meaning and benefits will add an extra level of peace of mind when shopping for your next used car. At your local Bloomington dealership, Sam Leman Automotive Group, you’ll find CPO vehicles from such well-respected automakers as BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Mazda, and more.

We’re confident that you will find the perfect certified pre-owned vehicle to suit your needs, and at a price that’s right for your budget, when you visit one of our dealerships in the Peoria area. Learn more about the difference between certified pre-owned and used vehicles, then check out our pre-owned vehicle specials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

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